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Northwestern Volleyball earns big win in Bethany

 

November 8, 2019



BETHANY, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University volleyball earned a huge win on the road Tuesday evening in Bethany. The Rangers took on Great American Conference opponent Southern Nazarene University and took their second win against the Crimson Storm this season in four sets [27-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23]. With this win Northwestern was able to punch their ticket to the GAC tournament.

The now 20-9 Rangers were sitting only one spot above the Crimson Storm in the GAC standings before Tuesday’s game took place. The Black and Red were prepared to have a face-off with a team that, on paper, was evenly matched. Northwestern had already defeated Southern Nazarene earlier in the year in five sets, and with preparation took the second match-up in Ranger fashion. The Rangers out blocked the Crimson Storm 11-6.

Kaydee Honeycutt dominated the offensive categories with a phenomenal 18 kills on the match with a .259 hit percentage. Kiauna Clark kept her name on the stat sheet with a 16 kill game and a .289 hit percentage. Jennifer Eubanks led the team with a .385 hit percentage as she tallied 11 kills and continues to chase the Northwestern career kill record. Kaitlyn Robinson earned 42 of the 46 assists in the match while Sydnee Miller dug 34 attacks.

The first set was a back-and-forth battle the picked up right where the two teams left off from their match earlier in the season. The Black and Red were able to stay just in front of Southern Nazarene through most of the set but could not pull away.

A come-from-behind surge from the Crimson Storm tied the match 24-24. A time-out taken by Head Coach Fred Aubuchon was the perfect momentum change and allowed Eubanks to earn a service ace and a big kill from Honeycutt secured the lead 27-25.

The Crimson Storm fired back as they pulled to an early 6-2 lead in the second set. Two service aces from Robinson and some fired-up offense gave Northwestern a nice surge forward to tie the set 10-10. Kills from Clark allowed NWOSU to pull ahead but it wasn’t enough as SNU took the second set 25-21.

After both teams traded points in the first half of the third set, the Rangers took control. A six-point run from the Black and Red and two kills from Eubanks gave them a 15-9 lead and the rest of the set followed. Southern Nazarene just could not catch-up and Northwestern took the set 25-19.

An early 4-0 lead gave the Rangers the final push they were looking for in the fourth set. Southern Nazarene did not go down quietly as they came back to tie the score at 13-13 and again at 22-22. After an error from the Crimson Storm a kill from Eubanks and final slam from Kate Deterding secured the fourth set and match with a score of 25-23.

With this win, the Ranger’s GAC record improved to 10-3, which is now the new season record for conference wins while playing in the Great American Conference.

 

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