Missteps hurt Volleyball against Ottawa

Vic McDowell, The Circuit

Too many self-inflicted wounds hurt Benedictine against Ottawa University (RV) as they fell three games to one.

The Lady Ravens could never build any momentum. Ottawa’s athletic and lengthy frontline disrupted any hope of finding an opening behind them.

Freshman Taylor Fortner hits it through a late arriving block against Ottawa. Photo by Randy Speer.
Freshman Taylor Fortner hits it through a late arriving block against Ottawa on August 26. Photo by Randy Speer.

Benedictine (1-3) fell in the first set 25-21.

Angela Robinson and Meagan McKinnon were particularly a problem around the net with the Braves.

“A positive is that we’re gaining experience,” said head coach Erin Cooper. “Ottawa is receiving votes, they’re not a bad team, and we’re still sticking with them. The reason why we’re losing is because of our unforced errors like serving and servicing [volleys].”

The second set was a clear example of that. The Lady Ravens hit -.051 from the field and had more errors (10) than kills (8).

Ottawa finished with an easy 25-13 win.

Set three was a different story.

“We said [as a team] that we’re not going to lose,” Cooper said. “We weren’t leaving the gym losing in three.”

Trailing 16-15, the Lady Ravens used a three-point swing, capped by a sophomore Kristy Nixon ace to make it 18-16.

Benedictine went on to win the set 25-21.

Coach Cooper said the difference between sets two and three was how offensively minded the team became in the third set.

Leading the offensive was junior Camila Aruajo, who returned after missing Saturday’s games with an illness, and sophomore Maria Lanciotti. Aruajo had nine kills and Lanciottia finished with eight.

The fourth and final set featured much of the same as the Lady Ravens could not find an answer to junior Janaya Fox for the Braves. She finished with 24 kills and led the way to a 25-19 set four victory.

The Lady Ravens finished with 27 attack errors and 13 service errors as compared to their offensive totals of 38 kills and six assists.

Benedictine will look to return to the win column at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 1 on the road against Missouri Valley.