|Oklahoma City (23-6)||25||22||22||0|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex (24-8)||27||25||25||3|
|San Antonio, TX|
|Oklahoma City||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#7 Stefani Nell - 9||Kills||#21 Raven Swain - 10|
|#18 Holly Randall - 5||Blocks||2 Players (#10,#23) - 4|
|#9 Dani Chase - 20||Digs||#21 Raven Swain - 15|
|2 Players (#9,#16) - 1||Aces||#6 Anissa Tamez - 2|
|Oklahoma City||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 18, 2017) –The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Saints volleyball team upset the Oklahoma City University (OCU) Stars 3-0 in the Opening Round of the NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship.
The Saints defeated the Stars 27-25, 25-22, 25-22 and will advance to the final site on Nov. 28-Dec. 2, in Sioux City, Iowa.
The win marks the first time in Saints history for the volleyball team to advance past the opening round of nationals. The team, along with men's soccer was the first to kick off intercollegiate athletics at the university. In the previous two seasons under Head Coach Jeremiah Tiffin, the Saints have advanced to the opening round, but have gone no farther.
Despite being out-killed by the Stars 42-36, the Saints had fewer errors to guide them through the three-set sweep.
The Saints were piloted by sole senior Raven Swain (SR/Pflugerville, Texas), who had 10 kills on four errors in 27 total attacks. No one on the OCU team had double-digit kills and were led by Stefani Nell, who finished with nine.
The first set stayed close through the end, with the Saints taking no more than a five-point lead. The Saints reached set point first, taking a 24-22 lead, and a kill from Marijana Bjelobrk kept the Stars in the game. A subsequent kill from Kenzie McMullen tied the game at 24, but a kill from Natalie Fazio (SO/Plano, Texas) gave the Saints the 25-24 lead. Holly Randall evened the game at 25, and back-to-back kills from Fazio and Swain gave the Saints the 27-25 win. The Stars had 18 kills, seven errors, on 47 total attacks, for a hitting percentage of .234. The Saints had 13 kills, four errors, on 42 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .214.
The second set remained close as well, with the Saints taking no more than a six-point lead, and the Stars leading by no more than one point. The set tied at 19, and they battled through until the Saints pulled ahead 23-21. Three attack errors in a row from Randall took the Saints to set point at 24-21, and a kill from Nell followed. A service error from Dani Chase gave the Saints the 25-22 win. The Stars had 11 kills, 11 errors, on 33 total attacks, while the Saints had nine kills, seven errors on 30 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .067.
The final set saw the Saints dominate from the beginning, not allowing any lead from the Stars but pulling ahead by at least eight points. Toward the end of the set, the Stars scored six straight points to tie the set at 22. Two kills from Swain and a service ace from Anissa Tamez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) sealed the set and the match. The Stars had 13 kills, six errors on 40 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .175. The Saints had 14 kills, eight errors, on 43 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .140.
On the Offense
Overall, the Saints had 36 kills for a hitting percentage of .148. The Stars had 42 kills for a hitting percentage of .150.
Swain led the Saints on kills with 10, followed by Fazio, who had nine. The Stars were led by Nell, who had nine.
Swain had 15 digs, and the Saints finished with 50 digs. OCU had 57 digs and was led by Chase, who had 20.
OLLU recorded 10 block assists and three solo blocks. They were led by Bailei Hubbard (FR/Helotes, Texas) and Mariza Cardenas (JR/Brownsville, Texas), both of whom had four. OCU had 16 block assists and was led by Randall, who had five.
Serving it Up
The Saints had three service aces, two from Tamez. The Stars had two aces and 11 service errors.
This season, the Saints have recorded the most assists (1,315), the most service aces (197), the most digs (1,784) and the most total blocks (161) in Saints history,
Swain has tallied the most career digs (1,138), Tamez has the most season assists (703), Hubbard has the most total blocks in a season (103) and Fazio has the most service aces in a season (58).
The 32-team national championship final site bracket will be announced on Sunday on NAIA.org.
The field will include 33 automatic qualifiers,10 at-large selections and one host berth. Automatic berths were given to teams that either won their respective conference tournament title, regular season championship or finished runner-up at the conference tournament. The at-large bids were determined by the final Coaches' Top 25 Poll on Nov. 13.
The NAIA Network – the association's official video streaming home – will broadcast all matches live (excluding the finals to be broadcast via ESPN3) at the 2017 NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics, and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-championship tournament package is available at $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click HERE.