Successful weekend for Tigers at CCAC Cross-over
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM
HOBART, Ind. – After having their nine-match winning streak come to an end, the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team had struggled to find that groove again. Granted they had come up against some pretty stiff competition during that time, but after getting a taste of success the team was anxious to get it back. The Tigers returned from the second of two Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-over tournaments with a 2-1 record, and momentum back on their side.
Olivet’s (18-17, 11-3) lone loss of the weekend came against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in a five-set, hard fought battle (28-26, 25-15, 25-17, 18-25, 12-15. Sophomore Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) finished the match with 19 kills to just four errors in 35 attempts (.429). She also added three blocks. The setting duo of sophomore Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and freshman Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) combined for 27 assists, 24 and 23 respectively. Junior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) was a wall at the net, finishing with seven blocks, while adding nine kills.
DeRuiter stayed hot in the second match of the day as the Tigers defeated Illinois Institute of Technology in straight sets 25-17, 25-19, 25-22. DeRuiter finished with 12 kills and three blocks. Tabisz added 15 assists and seven kills, while Enz dished out 13 assists. Junior Libero Haley Hatalla (Manteno) finished with 20 digs.
The Tigers finished out the weekend defeating Judson University (Ill.) in four sets, 25-12, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21. Senior McKenzie Thompson (Plano, Texas) and junior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) each finished with 10 kills, while DeRuiter added eight. Hatalla finished with 22 digs, while Tabisz added 18 and 23 assists. Enz also had 17 assists in the match.
Olivet will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:00 p.m. as they travel to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) to take on the Fighting Saints. The Tigers upset the Saints on Sept. 27 in five sets 26-28, 25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 15-8. The Tigers currently sit in the third place behind St. Francis in the South Division.