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OBU Volleyball's Frizzell-Kizer era Starts with a Pair of Sweeps

 

August 26, 2018



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Allison Frizzell-Kizer era of Ouachita volleyball could not have gotten off to a better start as the Tigers sweep Auburn-Montgomery and Lemoyne-Owen College on day one of the Alabama Huntsville Classic.

The Tigers won every facet of the game finishing with .439 hitting percentage offensively on the day. Defensively, Ouachita held both Auburn-Montgomery and Lemoyne-Owen to a .000 hitting percentage. Ouachita's opponents committed 42 errors on the day, while the Tigers produced just 10 errors.

"It was a good day to begin the season as we competed to together and finished strong in our matches." Frizzell-Kizer said, "As a whole, I am pleased with our effort and attitude through both games. We got everyone on the court for some game time and every set we're beginning to click more."

Four Tigers ended the day with double digit kills. Adrianna Nolly (Denton, Texas) finished the day with a team high in kills (17) and blocks (8). Katie Camp (Plano, Texas) collected 13 kills and a team high 7 service aces on the day. Paige Williams (Springdale, Ark.) and Tabatha Huckabee (North Richland Hills, Texas) each contributed 12 kills.

Senior setter Stormi Leonard (Decatur, Texas) recorded 60 assists between the two matches and Hannah Johnston (Greenwood, Ark.) led the team with 14 digs.

Game One: Ouachita 3, Auburn-Montgomery 0

Ouachita (1-0, 0-0) picked up their first victory of the season on Friday morning with relative ease. The Tigers swept Auburn-Montgomery (0-1, 0-0) in straight sets 25-12, 25-18 and 25-8. This is the second straight season the Tigers have started out with a straight sets sweep. Last season Ouachita swept Texas A&M International to begin the year.

Offensively the Tigers were led Camp who registered double-digit kills for the 15th time in her career. Williams finished second on the team with eight kills in the match.

Nolly made her presence known at the net in the opening match. The junior registered six blocks in the contest. Leonard led the team in assists with 30 in the match.

Defensively, Julianna Mack (Little Rock, Ark.) led the team in digs with nine in the match.

Early in the first set it seemed that the match might be a close contest tied at 4. Leonard then registered one of her six kills of the afternoon and jump started a potent Tigers offense. In a matter of moments Ouachita had gone on a 15-4 run and led the Warhawks 19-10. Auburn-Montgomery only registered two more kills the rest of the set. Ouachita hit .400 for the set and finished with a game high 16 kills in the set.

Ouachita went on cruise control for much of the second set as they raced out to a 19-9 advantage. The Warkhawks tried to make the set interesting by winning five consecutive points, but the Tigers had a rebuttal of their own and closed out the second set with a 6-4 run.

The Tigers did not have to do much in the third and final set, as they watched their opponents self-destruct with 11 errors in the set. The Warhawks hitting percentage in the final set finished in the negatives, meanwhile, Ouachita finished with their best hitting percentage (.474) of the morning.

Game Two: Ouachita 3, Lemoyne-Owen 0

Ouachita (2-0, 0-0) proved that the first match was not a fluke as they beat Lemoyne-Owen (0-2, 0-0) 25-9, 25-12 and 25-7. The Tigers played the opening set mistake free as they recorded 14 kills on 23 attacks. Ouachita was never in danger of giving up the lead as they raced ahead to early advantages in every set. The Tigers finished the final set on a 14-1 run to solidify their second victory of the season.

Nolly had the hot hand in the match as she finished with a team high 12 kills and two blocks. Camp proved to be potent at the service line, recording six service aces in the match. Leonard, once again hit 30 assists in the match and Johnston finished with a team high six digs.

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow as we set a foundation today to build off of," Frizzel-Kizer said at the end of the match.

Ouachita will face-off against former Gulf South Conference rivals West Georgia and Alabama-Huntsville tomorrow starting at 10:00 a.m. Live stat links and video links for tomorrow's matches can be found at http://www.obutigers.com and don't forget to follow the official Ouachita Athletic and Ouachita Volleyball social media pages.

 

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