Golden Eagles Stay Hot, Down UMKC
Junior Elizabeth McVicker continued her fine run of play with a team-high 14-kill performance, while Sheina Fernandes added ten kills of her own. Reigning Summit League Defensive Player of the Week Bruna Silva was again the defensive leader, with 25 digs, and Laura Taylor added 11 to go with 40 set assists.
McVicker was also deadly at the net, tallying eight block assists, while Fernandes racked up five.
The win moves ORU to 41-4 all-time against the ‘Roos.
UMKC (6-14, 0-10 Summit League) hit .073 on the night and lost their seventh straight match. Emily Lucas led the ‘Roos with 13 kills, and Nicole Kerkman added 28 digs.
ORU blew the first game open with a devastating 10-0 run. Fernandes and Jessica Pancratz each tallied two kills on the run, which ended with the Golden Eagles ahead, 17-7. After the run, the game was never close, and a McVicker kill ended the set with ORU winning 25-14.
UMKC’s only highlight of the match came in a close second set, where the managed to tie the score. With the game even at 22, the ‘Roos used a service ace by Ella Meier and two ORU errors to escape with a 25-22 win.
The third game was also a tight affair as well and was tied at 20 in the late stages. But ORU flipped the switch and took the set’s final five points. Two Fernandes aces and a kill by McVicker were the key components of the run, and ORU took the match lead with a 25-20 win.
The Eagles trailed the fourth game, 16-13, when another massive run took the wind out of UMKC’s sails for the final time. Taylor kicked the spurt off with a kill, and after a 6-0 run ORU held a 19-16 lead. The road side never trailed again, and a Tatum Fredeen kill clinched the match victory with another 25-20 score.
Fredeen finished with nine kills on the night. Olivia Ophus, who led ORU in kills in three of their previous four matches, also had nine kills to go with six digs.
The Golden Eagles conclude their four-match Summit League road trip on Sunday afternoon against the only League team to have beaten them in 2011, South Dakota. The matinee begins at 2 pm in Vermillion, S.D.