SALINA — The Lady Braves earned arguably their biggest road win of the season over the weeekend.
After dropping the first set, the No. 25-ranked Ottawa University women’s volleyball team swept three straight sets to beat Kansas Wesleyan Saturday in Salina 24-26, 25-15, 25-23, 25-16. While No. 18 McPherson College (28-1, 10-0 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) controls its own destiny for the regular season championship, Ottawa (21-9, 9-1 KCAC) gained a game over Kansas Wesleyan (23-7, 8-2 KCAC) for second in the standings with two matches to go in the regular season.
Ottawa plays non-conference opponent Rockhurst University 7 p.m. today in Kansas City, Missouri, before ending the season 7 p.m. Wednesday at home against Bethel College on Senior Night.
The Lady Braves had a .286 attacking percentage compared to KWU’s .177 Saturday. Ayona Tharps, sophomore outside hitter, led all players with 19 kills versus just five errors for a .326 attacking percentage. OU finished with four players in double-digit kills: Lindsey Fletcher, freshman outside hitter, had 15; Yuleika Jimenez, junior outside hitter, had 13; and Kenna Hall, senior middle blocker, had 12. Morgan Berry, freshman setter, had a double-double with 60 assists and 10 digs.