ORU played well against UCA on Saturday but UCA was able to pull out a close fourth set and win 3-1.
“Overall the girls fought,” head coach Sheera Sirola said after the game. “I think we really played good. Unfortunately, we made mistakes at the crucial points.”
ORU’s defense played well. They had 53 digs compared to UCA’s 52, and also had 12 team blocks, twice the amount of their opponent.
Coach Sirola said that the hitting was the weak point. ORU hit only .122 as a team for the entire match.
“Our problem in this game was our hitters didn’t put the ball down,” Sirola said. “They had 56 kills on our 39. So that’s telling you our problem right now is putting the ball down.”
The second set was the high point for ORU. They quickly jumped out to a 6-2 lead, and wouldn’t look back. UCA was able to keep it close, but a red card against their bench gave ORU a 21-13 lead. ORU would win the set 25-18.
The fourth set went back and forth between the two teams. The score went from being 13-13 to 19 all. At that point, the Golden Eagles hit back to back errors to put UCA up 21-19, which Coach Sirola said killed the team’s momentum.
ORU was able to fend off two UCA match points but a kill on the third ended the match.
ORU won’t have much time to dwell on the loss. They go on the road to play Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday.
After that, they return home to play Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday before playing New Orleans on Saturday for senior day.
ORU is now 11-4 in conference play and 19-6 overall. These last three games will determine where ORU stands for the Southland Conference Tournament, which takes place from Nov. 22 through 24.