WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College volleyball team couldn't find its offensive rhythm against an opponent receiving votes in the latest national poll Saturday afternoon. The Lady Builders fell in three sets (25-12, 25-14, 25-9) to the Braves of Ottawa University inside historic Stewart Field House.
Freshman Kanami Ellis led Southwestern's offense with eight kills, which was just over half of the Lady Builders' kill total. Freshman Tiana Nice added four kills, while junior setter Catabrean Baumann finished with two kills and a team-best 10 assists. Baumann and sophomore Rylie Ingram led the Southwestern (3-15, 1-11 KCAC) defense with 10 digs each.
Kenna Hall and Yuleika Jimenez led Ottawa (15-8, 9-3 KCAC) with 11 kills each.
For the first time this season, the Lady Builders posted a negative attack percentage at -.069. Southwestern put down 15 kills but committed 21 errors, all on just 87 attempts. Ottawa out-blocked the Lady Builders, 9-3.
Ottawa led nearly from start to finish in the match. The Braves jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the opening set, then used a 6-0 run late in the frame to set the tone for a 25-12 opening-set victory. Southwestern rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the second set, and took an 8-6 lead after back-to-back Brave errors, only to watch Ottawa reel off nine-straight points to take a 15-8 lead, then cruised to a 25-14 win in the second set. The Braves sealed the deal in the third set. Ottawa raced out to a 10-2 lead early in the set and never looked back, completing the sweep with a 25-9 triumph in the final set.
Saturday's loss drops Southwestern to 3-15 on the season, and 1-11 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Lady Builders will return to action Friday, opening the KCAC Fall Fling against the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan University. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan.