Jacks Trip ORU in Home Finale, 3-1
SDSU (13-17, 5-11 Summit League) snapped a seven-match losing streak with the win. The Jackrabbits took the first two sets but lost the third and were down, 23-21, in the fourth before winning the match’s final four points.
The Jacks were led by Kaitlin Klingemann, who notched 16 kills and six blocks, while Kelly Herrmann added 11 kills. Defensively, libero Shay Birath led the team with 29 digs and Emily Palmer collected 27.
Four Golden Eagles tallied double-digit kill totals, paced by Elizabeth McVicker with a dozen. Joana Gruber finished with 12 while Olivia Ophus and Jessica Pancratz had ten each, but ORU hit just .120 as a squad.
Defensively, Bruna Silva turned in another strong effort, with 35 kills, and Gruber finished with 18 more. Laura Taylor had a team-high 42 set assists.
The win is the first for SDSU in Tulsa. ORU had beaten the Jacks in their four previous trips to the Cooper Aerobics Center.
ORU took a 10-7 lead in the opening set but fell behind after a 6-1 SDSU run. Kelli Fiegen notched two kills in the run, which gave the road team a 13-11 lead. ORU retook the lead, 15-13, on a Tatum Fredeen kill, but Klingemann gave the Jacks the lead for good at 20-19 and finished off the set at 25-21 with another kill.
A Gruber kill gave ORU a 21-20 lead late in the second set, but Klingemann evened the game at 21-21 with a kill, and Herrmann gave the Jacks a 22-21 lead just one point later. ORU fought off four set points before falling, 27-25, on a Herrmann ace.
Oral Roberts regrouped to win the third set convincingly. Gruber gave the squad a lead they would not relinquish with a kill at 14-13, and the Golden Eagles closed the game on a 8-2 run to win, 25-16. Ophus had three kills in the set’s final ten points.
Up 23-21 in the fourth set, the Golden Eagles looked to be on the verge of forcing a fifth. But ORU lost the final four points, as Klingemann and Ellyce Youngren each tallied a kill down the stretch and combined for a block on the match’s final point.
The Golden Eagles will try to regroup when they face Southern Utah in their final regular season match of the season on Nov. 12. First serve is scheduled for 7 pm in Cedar City, Utah.