Young Tigers struggle to find consistency
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012 at 12:17 AM
DAYTONA, Fla. – The Olivet Nazarene University (1-4) volleyball team dropped two matches on Friday, Aug. 31 at the Embry-Riddle Invite in Daytona, Fla. The Tigers lost to the University of Northwestern Ohio 3-1 and No. 6 Embry-Riddle University 3-0.
The young Tiger team took the first set against Northwestern Ohio 25-17 before dropping the next three sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-15. Freshman setter Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) finished the match with 113 total attempts and 29 assists. Freshman Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Ridge, Ill.) led the offensive attack for the Tigers finishing with 12 kills in 27 attempts.
“We played well in the first set of the day, but did not adjust our game fast enough against Ohio to keep control. Our youth really showed,” said head coach Brenda Williams. “We still don’t trust each other.”
Olivet couldn’t get things started in the second match. The host Eagles needed just three sets to down the Tigers, 25-15, 25-16, 25-15. Enz finished with 15 assists in 74 attempts. The Tiger offense mustered just 19 kills, led by DeRuiter’s seven.
“Embry-Riddle simply served us off the court today,” stated Williams.
Things don’t get easier on day two of the invitational for the Tigers as they face No. 1 University of Texas-Brownsville at 4:30 p.m. local time and Oklahoma Baptist University at 7 p.m.