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Outstanding outsides on first day of Gorilla Classic


September 2, 2018

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University is not only still undefeated, but off to the best start in program history being 7-0. Northwestern attended their second tournament of the season and came out with a pair of wins, beating Cameron University and Christian Brothers University.

Lady Rangers opened their first match at the Gorilla Classic against the Aggies of Cameron University with a 3-1 victory (25-22, 13-25, 25-19, 25-19).

Set 1

In the first set, the Lady Rangers dug themselves a hole being down 8-2 leading to a timeout by Head Coach Jeremy White to regroup with his team. The timeout looked to be helpful as the Black and Red bounced back and got within three points.

Senior Brooklyn Hesson made her presence known on the court earning three straight kills to tie up the set at 12-12. The match was a little of the same where no team could hold the lead. Tied at 22-22, Northwestern got some more assistance from Hesson scoring the last kill, as the Lady Rangers sealed the first set 25-22.

Set 2

Beginning the second set with a slow start being down 14-4, the Black and Red were unable to carry over momentum from their first set win. After their second timeout, Northwestern could not close the gap letting the Aggies get up by as much as 12 points, as Cameron University tied the match 1-1 winning 25-13.

Set 3

The third set had a completely different feel to it, as the teams had a back-and-forth match where neither team could get ahold of the lead. Tied at 11-11 a couple errors from the Aggies is just what the Lady Rangers needed to get ahead and gain a victory.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Robinson had 30 assists coming to this point and added three straight assists between senior leaders Brooklyn Hesson and Hannah Williams to go up in sets 2-1, winning the third set 25-20.

Set 4

It was safe to say the Lady Rangers were warmed up by the fourth set, getting back to their usual hot starts as they up early 10-2. The Aggies made a little run of their own getting with five points, but it wasn’t enough to stump the Black and Red defense.

Five points was as close as the Aggies would get as Northwestern ran away with the set and the match, 25-19. Senior Tobi-Rae Barker posted a team high 25 digs, Hannah Williams with 16 kills and Robinson finished the match with a total of 44 assists.

Christian Brothers University

Northwestern Oklahoma State University win in high fashion with another sweep of Christian Brothers University Pirates adding to their resume (25-19,25,23, 25-20).

Set 1

After being down only 3-1, the Lady Rangers got a head of steam with the lead and did not look back. Before a Christian Brothers timeout, the black-and-red sat comfortable at a score of 14-7. They expanded that lead and went on a run, allowing them to sit comfortable 21-11, and won the set 25-18, hitting a .414% clip.

Set 2

The second set started rather up-tempo as Northwestern broke open a 6-point gap between them and the Pirates before the pirates had a timeout to regroup. The timeout paid dividend to the Pirates as they tied the match up quickly at 15-15 where no team could control the lead.

Back and forth, each team scored up until a Hannah Williams kill, one of her six, gave Northwestern the lead at 23-22 as they closed out the set 25-23.

Set 3

Northwestern stayed determined and kept their head down to keep their winning streak alive. The last set was a dog fight – yet another set where no team could sit comfortable with a lead. The Black and Red were up 15-10 before the Pirates went on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 15-15.

Continuing to trade points it was unclear who would pull out a win, but Northwestern freshman Kaydee Honeycutt had a win in sight. Honeycutt finished the set earning four service aces in a row to sweep the Pirates 25-20.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University remained undefeated and will continue on in the Gorilla Classic as they face two more teams Saturday: Chadron State College at 11 a.m. and Pittsburg State University at 5 p.m.


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