Tigers fight hard, fall short
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The 2012 Homestead/Holiday Inn Express Invitation proved to be quite exciting, bringing together five teams ranked in the NAIA top 25 and several teams with history of success. Olivet Nazarene University dropped both of its opening day matches. In the opener, the Tiger fell in straight sets to No. 24 Indiana University-East and then lost a hard-fought battle to No. 25 Georgetown College (Ky.) in four sets.
Against IU-East, the Tiger fell 25-22, 25-20, 25-18. They were led by sophomore Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) with 13 kills in 24 attempts (.471). Seniors Katherine Hozian (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) added 12 kills and Carolyn Goettsch (Utica, Mich.) ended with nine.
Freshman setter Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) finished the match with 32 assists, while sophomore libero Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) added 11 digs.
In the night cap, the Tigers took the opening set from Georgetown 25-23, before dropping the next three 25-18, 25-19, 26-24. Lenzi and Hozian continued to lead the attack, finishing with 13 and 12 kills respectively. Enz added 32 assists and Hatalla 11 digs.
Friday also saw No. 6 Embry-Riddle University (Fla.) upset by Cornerstone University (Mich.), who had fallen out of the rankings just this week, and No. 7 Grand View fall to Georgetown College and Embry-Riddle.
The Tigers return to the court at 9:30a.m. Saturday morning to take on Campbellsville University (Ky.) before ending the weekend with No. 22 Viterbo Univeristy (Wis.) at 5:30p.m.