The College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcat volleyball team had a tough draw, facing the NAIA #2 ranked team in their first match of pool play in the 2016 NAIA Volleyball National Championship on Tuesday.
The Lady Cats battled strong, but were unable to pick up a victory, falling 3-0 (17-25, 18-25, 15-25) to the Viterbo University V-Hawks. In each of the first two sets the Lady Cats kept the game close, but a couple of quick runs by Viterbo toward the latter part of each set led to a V-Hawk victory.
The V-Hawks tallied 46 kills, with 17 coming from 6’2 middle hitter Natalie Geidel and 11 from 6’3 middle hitter/right side Aubrey Aspen. The Lady Cats were also thwarted by 15 Viterbo blocks.
Stat leaders for the Lady Bobcats featured:Alex Spears, who posted 7 kills and 17 digs, Sarah Kreul dishing 14 assists, and Makensi Taylor who added 3 blocks.
The Lady Bobcats (29-14) will take the court at 3 PM Wednesday looking for a win against Doane University (Neb), who entered the national championship with a 23-8 record. Following three days of pool play, the top two teams of each four-team pool will advance to bracket play on Friday.
Pictured: Alex Spears for the kill