McPherson College (25-1, 8-0 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) leads the conference pack, but Ottawa and Kansas Wesleyan are nipping at its heals. That makes Saturday’s showdown in Salina between the No. 25 Lady Braves (20-8, 8-1 KCAC) and KWU (23-6, 8-1 KCAC) bigger than ever. McPherson is the cause of both team’s lone conference loss, and each are attempting to stay in the hunt for a regular season title with a handful of matches left. OU plays at Kansas Wesleyan 2 p.m. Saturday. They play a non-conference match 7 p.m. today at Bellevue University in Nebraska.
The Lady Braves scored a pair of wins Tuesday in their home triangular, beating Avila University 25-15, 25-19, 25-17, and Central Methodist University 25-22, 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-11.
In the fifth set against Central Methodist, OU never trailed by more than a point early and went up 9-6 on a kill by Yuleika Jimenez, junior outside hitter. CMU fought back to make it 10-9, but never got closer than that.
Kenna Hall, senior middle blocker, tallied 30 total kills through both matches. Against CMU, she had nine total blocks, including seven block assists — fourth in OU history for a single match. Ayona Tharps, sophomore outside hitter, had 28 total kills. Morgan Berry, freshman setter, finished with 84 total assists. and 13 digs.