College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats, who quickly picked up a pair of three-set wins in Day One of the Lincoln Tournament, returned to the court early Saturday morning to face Lincoln College (Ill.) and Haskell Indian Nations University (Kan.) in Day Two action.
The Lynx of Lincoln College, who are 12-6 on the season, defeated the Lady Bobcats in a 9 a.m. match, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22. Statistics showed the two teams to be closely matched in several areas, with both teams recording 53 kills, 53 assists, and 4 solo blocks. Lincoln College capitalized on eight service aces, but the Lynx offset that advantage by committing nine service errors. Although both teams were matched in solo blocks, the Lynx added 12 block assists compared to six by C of O. The largest differential, however, was in attacking errors, as the Lady Cats misplayed 31 as opposed to 18 errors by the Lynx. The Lady Cats were led by Rielly Wallace, who just missed a triple-double, recording 9 kills, 45 assists, and 12 digs. Izzy Gibbany collected 27 digs, and Ryley Thixton had 16 kills along with 11 digs. Maggie Plake and Abbie Menzies had 3 blocks apiece, with Menzies adding 15 kills.
The second matchup of the day found the Lady Bobcats sweeping Haskell Indian Nations University, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14. In this game, Wallace did record an impressive triple-double, featuring 12 kills, 41 assists, and 12 digs. Thixton posted another double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs, while Gibbany snagged 35 of the Lady Bobcats’ 92 digs.
College of the Ozarks’ record now stands at 12-7 on the season. Next up on the women’s schedule will be another road trip, where they will face Missouri Southern State University on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:00 p.m. in Joplin, Mo.