Oklahoma Baptist came off of a rough first set to claim a 3-1 win over
Southern Nazarene in a crucial Sooner Athletic Conference volleyball
match in the Noble Complex Thursday.
OBU lost the first set with nine attack errors, 25-21, but bounced back for three straight wins, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-23.
"We actually started the first set pretty well, but then we did our error thing," said OBU coach Anna Howle. "We've worked on eliminating that. But we got back on track."
The win gives OBU (6-5 in the SAC) a game lead over SNU for fifth place in the SAC with three matches remaining. OBU also has the tiebreaker advantage on SNU with a sweep of the season series.
Chassie Hamilton had 16 kills to lead OBU, while Skyler Strahm and Tamy Leipelt had 15 each and Suyan Leipelt added 11. Sabra Clark had 50 assists and Hamilton added three aces, including the match point.
"We worked on Sabra attacking and that didn't work right away, but she figured out that she could use her hitters and did a great job distributing tonight.," Howle said.
OBU never led in the first set, committing four service errors, a receiving error and a block error to go with the nine attack errors.
Hamilton had two kills and a block in a 5-1 Lady Bison run to break a 6-6 second-set tie, putting OBU ahead for good in the game, 11-7. OBU led 24-19 before SNU closed the gap to 24-22, but Strahm ended the set with a kill to tie things at 1-1.
The Lady Bison trailed 15-14 in the third set before rattling six straight points, including two kills and a block by Strahm for a 20-15 edge. Hamilton closed things with two kills.
OBU saw a 17-12 lead evaporate in the fourth set as the Crimson Storm used a 10-3 run to snag a 22-20 lead. But the Lady Bison ended with a flurry of points, getting two kills by Suyan Leipelt, one each by Hamilton and Strahm and the match-ending ace by Hamilton in a 5-1 run to victory.
Now 25-9 overall, the Lady Bison head north to Lindsborg, Kan., to play Tabor and Bethany Colleges Saturday.