|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) ( 18-12)||17||17||17||0|
|Texas at Brownsville ( 29-4)||25||25||25||3|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Indv. Leaders||Texas at Brownsville|
|2 Players (#3,#9) - 8||Kills||#23 Bojana Mitrovic - 11|
|4 Players - 1||Blocks||#8 Mayra Ramirez - 2|
|#10 Alexandra Wilborn - 12||Digs||#3 Heather Meeuwsen - 17|
|None||Aces||#12 Annelies Dokter - 3|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Team Statistics||Texas at Brownsville|
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (Nov. 15, 2014) – On Friday evening, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) volleyball team beat Langston University (LU) 3-1 to advance to the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) championship game for the first time in history. The Saints, the No. 2 seed, faced No. 1 seed University of Texas at Brownsville on Saturday afternoon and lost 3-0 to end their season with an 18-12 overall record. The Ocelots have qualified for the NAIA national tournament after a 29-4 overall record.
HISTORY: The Saints have never lost to Langston. In 2012 and last season, the Saints beat the Lions in straight sets. Earlier this season, the Saints beat the Lions 3-1. OLLU has only won one match against UTB since 2007 and have lost 17. The Saints were the only team in conference to take the Ocelots to five set this season. The Ocelots make won the conference six consecutive times. They are currently ranked No. 5 in the NAIA.
BASICS: The Saints played a tough match against the Lions in the semifinals round. The first two sets were won by four points and the last set, by two. In the match against Brownsville, the Saints dropped all three sets by eight points each.
TEAM COMPARISONS: Team attacks by set:
OLLU Set 1
LU Set 1
OLLU Set 2
LU Set 2
OLLU Set 3
LU Set 3
OLLU Set 1
UTB Set 1
OLLU Set 2
UTB Set 2
OLLU Set 3
UTB Set 3
ON THE OFFENSE: Against Langston, OLLU's Kendall Groff (SO/Helotes, Texas) and Alysha Blanco (JR/El Paso, Texas) each had 13 kills. Groff had eight errors on 33 attempts for a hitting percentage of .152. Blanco had six errors on 34 attempts for a hitting percentage of .206. Langston's Juliana Tomasoni had 19 kills on six errors for 38 attempts and .342 hitting percentage. Versus Brownsville, Cassandra Valent (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas) and Groff had eight kills for OLLU. UTB's Bojana Mitrovic had 11 kills and two errors on 25 attempts with a hitting percentage of .360 for her team.
MUCH NEEDED HELP: OLLU's Janelle Solis (SO/San Antonio, Texas) led the Saints in assists with 24 and teammate Alexia Bustamante (SO/Helotes, Texas) finished with 20. Langston's Jelena Merseli finished with 33 assists for her team, while UTB's Tina Sekulic added 35 for her team. Solis had 14 assists and Bustamante had 13 against Brownsville.
DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: On defense, Alexandra Wilborn (SO/San Antonio, Texas) added 20 digs for the Saints against Langston and 12 against Brownsville. OLLU's Jessica Walaski (SO/San Antonio, Texas) recorded five blocks for the Saints against Langston, while Amber Ramsey (FR/Canyon Lake, Texas) had two against Brownsville. Langston's Juliana Tomasoni added 15 digs and Jelena Merseli had 12, while Amber Warren finished with eight blocks. Brownsville's Heather Meeuwsen finished with 17 digs for her team, and Mayra Ramirez had three blocks.
SERVING IT UP: OLLU logged three service aces and committed nine errors against Langston. In the match against Brownsville, the Saints had no aces and six service errors. Langston finished with three service aces and nine errors, and Brownsville had five aces and seven errors.
POST-SEASON AWARDS: The players listed below from OLLU were selected for post-season awards as voted by the conference's coaches. The conference also recognized student-athletes who best exemplify the tenets of the NAIA Champions of Character program and those most committed to excellence in the classroom with the Champions of Character team and the All-Academic team.
- All-Conference First Team: Jaclyn Bautista (JR/El Paso, Texas), Alysha Blanco and Kendall Groff
- All-Conference Second Team: Janelle Solis, Cassandra Valent and Alexandra Wilborn
- Champions of Character Team: Suzie Pena (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Bryttany Willoughby (SR/San Antonio, Texas)
- All-Tournament Team: Kendall Groff and Alysha Blanco