Tigers continue up and down play
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa – The young Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team continues to struggle with consistency, as it has much of the season. The Tigers traveled to Grand View University on Friday, Oct. 19 for a two-day invitational, returning Saturday with four losses.
Olivet (7-25, 6-7) struggled in its opening match against Evangel University (Mo.), falling in straight sets 25-19, 25-16, 25-17. Senior Katherine Hozian (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) led the offense with 13 kills in 30 attempts. Freshman Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) dished out 19 assists. The Tigers were hindered by 22 attack errors for a .110 attack percentage, while the defense did their best to keep them in the sets combining for 51 digs. Hozian finished with 12, while Enz added 11 and freshman Carly Wenzelman (Bonfield, Ill.) 10.
In Friday’s nightcap, the Tigers came out strong to take the first set against Jamestown University (N.D.) before dropping the next three – 25-20, 20-25, 12-25, 16-25. Senior Carolyn Goettsch (Utica, Mich.) led the team with 11 kills in 29 attempts. Junior Rachel Raynor (DeKalb, Ill.) finished with 16 assists, while Enz added 12. Sophomore Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) ended the match with 16 digs and Wenzelman added 13 more.
Saturday morning the Tigers came ready to play, coming up short in a five-set showdown with Davenport University (Mich.) – 25-21, 17-25, 15-25, 25-23, 15-17. Hatalla played a strong defense, finishing with 28 of the team’s 81 digs. Enz contributed 37 assists in the match and 12 digs, while Hozian added 16 kills and 14 digs.
The Tigers, who got just 30 minutes between matches, seemed to have run out of steam by the time they faced No. 13 Grand View. The Vikings took the match in straight sets, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17. The Tigers ended with just 27 total kills, led by Hozian and freshman Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) who each finished with seven. Enz ended with 23 assists and eight digs, while Wenzelman also added eight digs.
Olivet will host their annual Dig Pink fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in McHie Arena. They will team up with visiting Indiana University-South Bend to raise money for breast cancer awareness through the Side-Out Foundation. Donations will be accepted at the gate and official ONU Dig Pink t-shirts will be sold for $10. There will also be a silent auction with numerous items up for grabs.