Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012 at 1:23 PM
DAYTONA, Fla. – It was a tough day for the young Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team. The Tigers struggled to get momentum in the opening match with Oklahoma Baptist University before taking on the NAIA’s top ranked University of Texas-Brownsville at the Embry-Riddle University Invite on Saturday, Sept. 1.
The Tigers dropped straight sets in the opener to the Bison-25-20, 25-20, 25-19. Offensively, senior Katherine Hozian (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and freshman Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Ridge, Ill.) combined to provide 17 of the 31 kills, while freshman Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added 21 assists. Sophomore Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) anchored the defense with 15 digs.
In the nightcap, the Tigers were outmatched by a strong Scorpion team, 25-21, 25-18, 25-15. The offense were led by Hozian’s 12 kills in 23 attempts. Senior Carolyn Goettsch (Utica, Mich.) and DeRuiter added six and fix, respectively. Enz added 23 assists.
“We lost both in straight sets, but we did play better against No. 1 Texas-Brownsville. We started coming together somewhat and saw some good things happening, “said head coach Brenda Williams.
“As long as we learn, I can handle the losses as a learning tool. We have to make sure we are using those hard learned lessons in each set we play. Now we need a little consistency.”
Olivet returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7pm. The Tigers will host the Trolls of Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup