ORU Sweeps Islanders for SLC Victory
The win avenges a 3-0 loss that ORU (12-13, 8-6 SLC) suffered at the hands of the Islanders (16-9, 8-5 SLC) on September 15, earning Sheera Sirola’s team a season split with the Southland Conference rival.
Gruber hit .375 in her team-best performance, while Fernandes added six kills to her eight-block masterpiece. Freshman Kylie Johnson led ORU with 16 digs, while Bruna Silva added 15.
Setter Laura Taylor contributed another all-around dominant performance in Saturday’s win. Two days after posting her first career triple-double, the junior tallied five kills, seven digs, 31 assists and four blocks.
Ivy Baresh led the Islanders with 11 kills, while Logen Bourque posted a team-best 11 digs to go with 21 assists.
ORU hit .297 as a team and posted 14 blocks, while AMCC hit just .059 and mustered only three blocks.
ORU won the first four points of the match thanks to a Gruber kill and three Islander errors. After the visitors came back to lead, Fernandes started another 4-0 rally with a kill, helping ORU to a 13-11 edge. Later a Jessica Pancratz service ace stretched the advantage to 23-17, and an error by the Islanders gave ORU a 25-19 win.
The Golden Eagles came out hot again at the start of the second set, taking a 6-1 lead. A Tatum Fredeen kill made the score 9-3, forcing a timeout, but ORU continued to dominate. A late 5-0 run, keyed by two more kills from Fredeen, stretched the lead to 22-16, and the Golden Eagles won by a count of 25-20.
A kill by Gruber swung momentum in ORU’s favor early in the third set, starting a 4-0 run that gave ORU a 7-5 lead. Later Silva tallied an ace to push the score to 12-8, and Gruber polished off another kill to give the home side a 20-12 edge. The Golden Eagles clinched the match with a 25-17 win.
With the win, ORU capped off an important home stand with a 2-1 record. Sirola’s club knocked off SLC leader Central Arkansas on Tuesday, 3-2, before falling to second-place Sam Houston State, 3-2, on Thursday and downing the fourth-place Islanders on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles open their final regular season road trip of 2012 on Thursday, November 1, when they take on McNeese State. Match time in Lake Charles, La., is booked for 7 pm CT.