ORU Splits on Final Day of University Plaza Invitational
With the split, ORU is now 4-3 on the season heading into Tuesday’s home opener against Tulsa.
ORU 3, AUSTIN PEAY 0
ORU hit a blistering .342 for the afternoon, taking down the Lady Govs in a much closer match than the 3-0 score line would indicate. The Golden Eagles won by scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-20.
Tatum Fredeen led the ORU attack with 16 kills, while Jessica Pancratz added 14 kills and posted a .571 hitting percentage. Bruna Silva tallied 22 digs to head up the defensive charge, and Sheina Fernandes was a part of five blocks, a team-high.
Austin Peay (2-6) hit .242 in a losing effort, with Jada Stotts posting team highs of 19 kills and 10 digs.
The opening set was extremely tight, with neither side leading by more than three points. Austin Peay was in prime position to take the set after a Stotts kill gave them a 23-22 lead. But Fernandes answered with a kill of her own, and ORU took the next two points to edge the Lady Govs, 25-23.
Set two was also very close, as an ORU error gave APSU a late 18-17 lead. But a Fredeen kill evened the frame at 18-all and started a four-point Golden Eagle rally. The senior had another blast to stretch the lead to 21-18, and the Golden Eagles held on for a 25-21 victory.
ORU fell behind in the third set, 8-4, prompting a timeout from Sheera Sirola. The stoppage worked wonders for the Eagles, who scored five of the next six points and tied the match at 9-all. Later, Pancratz tallied back-to-back kills as part of a 5-0 run that gave ORU an 18-14 lead, and the junior came through with another blast on the match’s final point to give Sirola’s club a 25-20 victory.
Laura Taylor led the Golden Eagles with 48 set assists.
ORU is now 2-0 all-time against Austin Peay.
No. 11 DAYTON 3, ORU 0
The Golden Eagles had Dayton (6-0) on the ropes early in the match before the nationally-ranked Flyers put things away in the third set. Dayton won by scores of 30-28, 25-20 and 25-11.
With the loss, ORU has now dropped 28 straight matches against ranked competition, dating back to a 3-2 NCAA Tournament victory over No. 10 Colorado on Dec. 7, 1997.
Pancratz led the Golden Eagles with 13 kills, while Olivia Ophus had a team-high 14 digs. Silva had 12, snapping a streak of 29 straight matches where the junior led the Golden Eagles in the category.
Dayton hit .325 and held ORU to a .227 hitting percentage. Rachel Krabacher led the Flyers with 18 kills, and Janna Kafka posted a team-best 21 digs.
ORU led for much of the first set and used back-to-back kills from Fredeen and Pancratz to take a 17-14 advantage. Later a Luara Rosa kill made it 23-20, ORU, but the Golden Eagles could not close the set out. Dayton came back to earn three set points and ORU had one of their own before the Flyers finally cashed in, scoring the final two points of the set to take a 30-28 victory.
Krabacher started the second set with a Dayton kill, starting a 6-1 run to open the frame. A kill from Fernandes capped a bit of a rally by the Golden Eagles, cutting the deficit to 10-7, but the Flyers never relinquished the lead. A Samantha Selsky service ace ended the set, giving Dayton a 25-20 win.
Dayton took control of the third set with an early 7-2 run, which included three kills and an ace from Krabacher, to push their lead to 10-5. The Flyers put the match away with a late 6-0 run, and they took the final set by a count of 25-11.
ORU opens their home schedule on Tuesday evening, when they host Tulsa. Match time is scheduled for 7 pm CT at the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center on the ORU campus.