OU volleyball sweeps KCAC foes

The Herald Staff

The Ottawa University women’s volleyball returned to the court Tuesday, after a month away, recording two victories.

The Lady Braves, who played without three starters, won their sixth straight KCAC opener with a 3-1(25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20) win over Kansas Wesleyan University in Wilson Field House.

Ottawa swept Friends (25-23, 25-23, 25-14) in the nightcap. Ottawa is 6-1 in KCAC openers under head coach Melissa Blessington.

Ottawa showed rusty early, falling behind 7-2 to Kansas Wesleyan. Ottawa regained its footing and took a 19-16 lead. Kills by Katelyn Elstun and Kaitlyn Haller gave Ottawa a 21-17 lead. KW rallied within 22-21, but Ottawa closed the set by winning three straight points.

Ottawa rode that momentum to a 19-13 lead in the second set. Kansas Wesleyan turned its game around to win 12 of the next 16 points to nip Ottawa to tie the match.

The third set was back-and-forth with Ottawa taking charge late for a four-point victory. The fourth set saw several runs by each team. Ottawa had the final run to win the match.

Ottawa finished the four-set match with 51 kills, a .185 attacking percentage, 44 assists, five service aces, 62 digs, and 15 team blocks.

Kaitlyn Haller paced the attack with 13 kills and had a0.310 attacking percentage. Katelyn Elstun finished with 1o kills and three blocks.Caitlin Cox had a team-best eight blocks.

Ottawa made plays at key times to defeat Friends. The first set saw 16 ties, the last at 23-23. Elstun’s kill and a Friends error gave Ottawa the first-set victory.

The second set was more of the same. Friends jumped to a three-point lead, but Ottawa rallied for a 12-8 lead. Friends got on a roll to take a 22-20 lead.

Ottawa responded with four kills to finish off the set.

The Lady Braves used two seven-point runs in the third set to win the match.

Ottawa finished the match with 44 kills, a .238 attacking percentage, 42 assists, five service aces, 62 digs, and six team blocks.

Elstun had double-double with12 kills and 12 digs and three blocks. Ayona Tharps and Haller had with 11 kills each.

Ottawa (5-2, 2-0) plays 7 p.m. Oct. 21, against Avila University in Wilson Field House.