The College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats closed out their season on Thursday, as they dropped their final match of the 2016 NAIA Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City to Carroll College.
Throughout the three days of pool play, the Lady Bobcats faced nationally ranked #2 Viterbo University (Wisc.) , #15 Doane University (Neb.), and #18 Carroll College (Mont.). Having lost the first two matches, College of the Ozarks was hopeful to claim a victory in Thursday’s match against Carroll’s Fighting Saints, as both teams were winless against Doane and Viterbo during pool play.
The Lady Bobcats were able to stay within a few points of the Fighting Saints most of the first match but lost the first set 25-18. In the second set, the Bobcats fell behind 6-1 and trailed by as many as 8 points before making a run late in the game to bring the score to 21-22. Two kills and a service ace by the Fighting Saints sealed the 25-21 second set win. The third set was all Carroll College, as they defeated the Lady Cats 25-10 to take the 3-0 win. The Fighting Saints posted 51 kills, 47 assists, 44 digs, and 3 blocks to the Lady Bobcats’ 31 kills, 24 assists, 36 digs, and 7 blocks.
Leading the stat charts on the day for C of O were: Danielle Curnes and Logan Allen with 7 kills apiece, Haley Stallings with 10 digs, Hannah Bracker and Makensi Taylor with 2 blocks each, and Danielle Curnes with 2 service aces.
Thursday’s match was the last in the collegiate careers of seniors Logan Allen, Brandy Glessner, Chloe’ Shepherd, and Sarah Kreul, each of whom contributed to the team’s success in their own unique way. Allen played three seasons for the Lady Bobcats, tallying 796 kills, 283 digs, 23 service aces and 265 blocks. Glessner, who transferred from Evangel after her sophomore year, provided C of O with 455 kills, 156 digs and 92 blocks. Shepherd and Kreul both played four seasons for the Lady Cats. Shepherd contributed 593 kills, 796 digs, 55 service aces, and 67 blocks during her tenure, while Kreul posted 319 kills, 2,511 assists, 123 service aces, and 1,161 digs.
The Lady Bobcats end the 2016 season with a 29-16 record, posting their best season since 2011 when the Lady Cats were 29-8.
Pictured: Seniors Shepherd, Allen, Kreul & Glessner