The Lady Bobcats had a solid weekend as they picked up four victories against A.I.I. conference members in the Chick-fil-A Classic held on the College of the Ozarks campus.
Facing off against long-time foe Haskell University to open the first match of the classic on Friday afternoon, the Lady Bobcats dominated the court and won in three straight sets (25-6, 25-14, 25-17). C of O out-killed Haskell 43-23, while picking up seven service aces and 12 blocks. Stat leaders for the Cats featured senior Brandy Glessner (13 kills), Rielly Dobbs (21 assists), Haley Stalling (3 aces), Danielle Curnes and Stallings (19 digs each), and Hannah Bracker and Makensi Taylor (4 blocks apiece).
Closing out Friday’s games at 7 PM, the Bobcats took the court against Johnson & Wales (CO). In three consecutive sets, the Lady Bobcats overcame the Wildcasts, 25-21, 25-18, and 25-19. Hannah Bracker and Alex Spears led the Lady Cats in kills with 8 each, while Rielly Dobbs partnered with Sarah Kreul for a combined 35 assists. Danielle Curnes and Haley Stallings tallied 16 digs apiece, and Logan Allen provided 5 blocks.
Saturday’s first matchup for the Lady Bobcats was against Kentucky Christian University, who came into the match with a 10-7 record. Sophomore Alex Spears provided power at the net with 13 kills, as C of O picked up another 3-0 win (25-14, 25-15, 25-16). Rielly Dobbs provided 24 assists, and Haley Stallings and Danielle Curnes picked up 28 and 21 digs respectively. Dobbs also contributed 2 aces in the win.
In the final match of the classic, the Lady Bobcats took on Fisk University, who had yet to garner a win on the season. While Fisk managed to tie the score at 16 in the first set, the Bulldogs were unable to overtake the Bobcats, falling 17-25, 14-25, 14-25, thus providing College of the Ozarks with a spotless 4-0 record for the classic.
Also finishing the tournament well were Evangel University and Central Methodist University, both posting a 4-0 record on the weekend. Haskell finished 2-2, Kentucky Christian and Central Christian went 1-3, and Johnson & Wales and Fisk departed winless.
The Lady Bobcats' record stands at 14-10, and they are currently ranked number 1 in NAIA in digs per game with 24.06. Freshman Haley Stallings continues to lead the NAIA for the fourth consecutive week at number 1 in total digs with 625. She also holds the NAIA number 1 position in digs per game with an average of 7.35.
Volleyball heads back on the road Tuesday to face Lyon College (9-7) in Batesville, Arkansas. Lyon will provide live video for a cost of $7.95 and live stats at no charge.