Volleyball: Bison Rope Rangers, Push Streak to Eight
September 25, 2019
SHAWNEE – Another straight-set triumph for Oklahoma Baptist was the result on Tuesday night when the Bison faced off against Northwestern Oklahoma State inside Mabee Arena at the Noble Complex.
It was much the same for OBU as it has been for the entirety of their Division II-era record eight-match win streak, pairing a relentless defensive effort with an efficient offensive approach. The Bison hit .356 for the match against Northwestern, averaging 15.7 kills across three sets while holding the Rangers to a .112 hitting percentage and a miserly 9.7 kills per set.
A tightly-contested first set swung momentum in favor of the Bison with OBU taking the set 25-21 behind five kills apiece from Hayley Daniel and Malia Leatherland. The Bison attack peaked in the second set with 18 kills against three errors in the second set, including another five kills from Daniel and an additional five from Taneyah Brown for a 25-13 win. While the offensive onslaught cooled down some in the final set, the defense clamped down and limited the Rangers to eight kills on a .030 hitting percentage.
Three Bison finished with at least 10 kills, led Daniel's 13. Brown scored 10 kills while swinging .529 for the match, while Leatherland, the Great American Conference's reigning Offensive Player of the Week, also tallied 10 kills on a match-high 34 attempts.
Oklahoma Baptist (12-3, 2-0 GAC) return to action on Thursday, Sept. 26 when they travel to Ada to face East Central at 6:30 p.m.