Ottawa Volleyball Upends KWU in KCAC Title Match
Mike Hammett - November 16, 2013 9:08 pm
In a tight match fitting of a tournament championship, the Ottawa University volleyball team rallied from a two-point deficit late in the fifth set to defeat Kansas Wesleyan University 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 15-12 on Saturday night at Mabee Arena.
The two split the first four points of the match before the Coyotes tallied four of next five points to lead 6-3. Ottawa answered back, getting two of next three to cut the lead to 7-5. The Coyotes then opened a 14-7 lead before Ottawa rallied to cut the deficit to two at 16-14, forcing KWU to use a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Coyotes rebuilt the lead to 22-16 before Ottawa made another run to cut it to 22-19. However, the Coyotes scored the next two points to push the lead to 24-19 before taking the set 25-20.
In the second set, Ottawa pushed out to an initial four point lead at 10-6 before the Coyotes rallied to tie the set at 14. However, the Braves scored the next three points, forcing a KWU timeout. Ottawa would continue to work on the lead, pushing it to 23-19, forcing another KWU timeout. The Coyotes would then pick up the next two points to climb within two at 23-21, as Ottawa used a timeout. The Coyotes would manage to tie the match at 23. Ottawa would regroup and score the final two points of the set to take the second set, 25-23.
KWU took an early 2-0 lead in the second set, and eventually pulled out to an 11-5 lead, scoring five straight points. The Coyotes then pushed the lead to 13-6, and Ottawa burned its second timeout of the set. It seemed to spark the Braves, as they went on a 6-1 run to cut the deficit to 14-12. The Coyotes regained a five point lead at 22-17, and after Ottawa closed to within two at 23-21, the Coyotes picked up the final two points for the 25-21 set win and led the match 2-1.
In the fourth set, Ottawa raced out to an 8-3 lead, only to see KWU rally to pull within one at 8-7. Ottawa would reestablish a four point lead at 11-7. KWU climbed back within two at 12-10, but Ottawa scored 13 of the next 19 points to take the set in dominating fashion, 25-16.
In the deciding set, Kansas Wesleyan would take a 6-4 lead, and lead 8-7 at the switch before Ottawa tallied back-to-back points to lead 9-8. The Coyotes would then rally for four of the next five points to lead 12-10, as Ottawa took its first timeout of the set. It was the last point KWU would score. Ottawa picked up the next five points and took the 15-12 win.
Brittaney Miller led KWU with 11 kills, while Breanne Schultz and Lauren Chamness each had 10. Taylor Elkinton tallied 37 assists. Miller had 19 digs and Yang tallied 13.
The Coyotes hit just .182 as a team to .221 for Ottawa.
The Coyotes end their season at 27-13 overall, and were KCAC regular season champions. Ottawa advances to the NAIA Volleyball Opening Round, to be played at campus sites next week.