FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Consistency seems to elude the young Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team. Just when one element of the game starts working, another seems to lag behind. The Tigers fell to Grace College (Ind.) in four sets and Indiana Institute of Technology in straight sets at the Indiana Tech/Indiana Wesleyan Crossover Invitational on Friday, Sept. 28.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead against Grace, who is receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coach’s Poll, taking the first set 25-17. The Lancers came back to take the next three sets, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.
Senior Carolyn Goettsch (Utica, Mich.) led the offense with 12 kills in 19 attempts for an attack percentage of .579. Freshman setter Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) contributed 35 assists and nine digs, while senior Katherine Hozian (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and sophomore Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) added 11 digs each.
“We played well in spots tonight,” said head coach Brenda Williams. “Our middles played well against Grace, and then Becky came on against Indiana Tech. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.”
The Tigers took the court against Indiana Tech less than 30 minutes after finishing their match with Grace, falling 25-17, 25-18, 25-21. Freshman Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Ridge, Ill.) finished the match with 13 kills, while Hozian added seven. Four Tigers ended the match with double-digit digs-Hatalla with 17, Enz with 14, freshmen Carly Wenzelman (Bonfield, Ill.) with 13 and Melissa Bartholomew (Newton, Iowa) added 11.
Olivet will move to Marion, Ind. on Saturday, Sept. 30 to take on No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan University at noon local time. The Tigers will then face No. 23 Taylor University (Ind.) at 2 p.m. local time.