Volleyball - Thu, Oct. 1, 2009
Oklahoma City took an early lead and knocked off 21st-ranked Oklahoma Baptist Thursday in the Noble Complex, 3-0.
OCU won 25-20, 25-21, and 25-19.
After OBU opened with an ace by Suyan Leipelt, the Stars ran off five points in a row, a rally capped by Jeanne Campbell's one-on-one block on OBU's Tamy Leipelt, who leads the Sooner Athletic Conference in kills.
"Oklahoma City came here to beat us; they sense the rivalry," said OBU coach Anna Howle. "They blocked us from the start and we didn't really recover. We showed a little fire at the end, but that's too late. You got to have that fight from the start."
OBU never led after the five-point run in the first set and trailed by as many as seven points.
The Lady Bison had a 16-13 lead in the second set but the Stars went on a 6-1 run, followed by a 3-0 run including two kills by All-America Xiaoting Ma.
"Their middles got some kills so we had to respect them and that just set up their All-American," Howle said.
The Stars turned a 6-5 OBU lead in the third set into a 15-7 OCU advantage on a 10-1 run. OBU battled back to 19-18 but the rally ran out of gas.
Leipelt led the Lady Bison with 13 kills, while Tarah Derden added eight and Suyan Leipelt seven. Sabra Clark had 30 assists. Tamy Leipelt led with nine digs and Skyler Strahm had two block assists.
Ma led OCU with a dozen kills.
Now 17-5 overall at 1-2 in the SAC, the Lady Bison head to Bethany Saturday to take on a surprising Southern Nazarene team that is now 3-1 in the conference. Match time is 2 p.m.