Olivet returns winless from Grand View Invite; faces three nationally ranked teams
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team went into the Grand View Invite knowing they were facing a combination of some of the strongest teams they have faced all season. Despite taking two teams to five sets, the Tigers came away from the weekend without a win.
Olivet (15-16, 9-2) opened the weekend with Viterbo University (Wis.). The V-Hawks, who are receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll, squeaked out a five-set win (21-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 8-15). Sophomore Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) led the Tigers with 17 kills, while senior McKenzie Thompson (Plano, Texas) added 13 kills and two service aces. Freshman setter Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) dished out a career high 39 assists, adding eight kills and 15 digs. Junior libero Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) finished with 28 digs.
With very little break, the Tigers then faced off with No. 19 Grand View University (Iowa). Again, Olivet was able to take the nationally ranked team to five sets (18-285, 29-27, 25-23, 23-25, 10-15), but couldn’t pull out the victory. Thompson stayed hot at the net, finishing with 15 kills with junior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) adding 12 and DeRuiter 10. Tabisz and sophomore Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) finished with 27 and 24 assists, respectively. Tabisz also added three service aces. Hatalla finished with 24 digs.
The Tigers struggled to find their groove a little on Saturday, falling in four sets (21-25, 24-26, 25-21, 22-25) to Ashford University (Iowa), the only unranked team they faced all weekend. Lenzi and junior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) led the offense with 12 and 11 kills. Tabisz finished with 24 assists, while Enz added 23. At the net, junior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) and Schoenbein were thorns in the side of the Saints, finishing with eight and six blocks, respectively.
Olivet finished with weekend with the University of Jamestown (S.D.), another team receiving votes nationally. The Tigers went down easily in straight sets (15-25, 21-25, 23-25) having fought hard in the three previous matches. Senior Katelyn Miller (Avon, Ind.), freshman Macie Riegel (Hudsonville, Mich.) and Schoenbein each finished with six kills. The setting duo of Tabisz and Enz dished out 16 and 10 assists, while Hatalla added 14 digs.
The Tigers will return to action in McHie Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 taking on Purdue University –North Central in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.