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Ouachita Volleyball: Tigers Defeat UAM in a Five Set Thriller


November 15, 2019

RKADELPHIA, Ark. – Senior night was an instant classic for the Tigers as they won their third straight fifth set match with a 3-2 victory over Arkansas-Monticello at Sturgis Physical Education Center.

Senior Katie Camp brought the power in her last home game wearing the purple and gold. She recorded a career high 24 kills while adding 18 digs against the Cotton Blossoms. Camp's senior counterpart Tabatha Huckabee put in a great game herself tallying 11 kills and four blocks.

Ouachita received huge contributions from Emily Low and Audrey Gallagher. Low for the second game in a row showed out offensively and defensively putting in 15 kills and eight blocks. Gallagher, who played the last four sets, connected on 11 kills and only had two errors.

Both Tigers setters had masterful matches. Temi Fayiga put in 29 assists and 12 digs for her eighth double-double of the year. Her cohort Joni Schneider accumulated 24 assists and 14 digs giving her a tenth double-double.

Lexie Castillow was lights out on defense roaming the court for the home team. She recorded a career high 39 digs. Defensively the Tigers veterans showed out as Julianna Mack and Shannon Hogan combined for 28 digs.

Out of the gate Ouachita allowed the Blossoms to pounce on the lead. UAM captured a quick 13-6 lead before the Tigers fought back on a 4-0 run to trim the lead. However, Arkansas-Monticello closed out the first set with a 25-18 victory. The Tigers woke up their roar in the second set using 18 kills on 25 points to capture a game tying set win. Ouachita used a 10-3 run to close out the set 25-20 which was capped off by an emphatic kill by Emily Low.

In the third set the two teams locked into a back and forth fight. The Tigers sat at set point after a Gallagher kill before UAM used a 3-0 run to take the 25-24 lead. Ouachita regained the lead just to see the Cotton Blossoms go on another 3-0 run to take the set. However, history repeats itself as not 48 hours ago the Tigers sat in the same position down 2-1 to a GAC opponent, and like Tuesday the Tigers opened the fourth set swinging. Ouachita captured a quick 8-2 lead which was started by two Camp kills. After an ace by Schneider the Tigers saw themselves with a 20-9 lead. UAM attempted to fight back, but a kill by Gallagher gave Ouachita the 25-20 set win, tying the match.

Ouachita entered their 10th fifth set match of the season with this one having playoff implications. If the Tigers were to win the match they lock in the seventh seed in the GAC Tournament. Like the last two games Ouachita fell behind in the fifth set. They trailed 5-2 before racking in four straight points which saw two aces by Camp. They did not stop there finishing the match on a 7-2 run capturing a 15-10 set win.

The Tigers closed out their regular season with a record of 14-13 winning their last three contest. They will prepare for next weekend as they travel to Hot Springs, Ark. for the Great American Conference Tournament. Northwestern Oklahoma State is who they will face in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 PM.

We want to send a special thank you to our two seniors for all the amazing things they have helped Ouachita accomplish over the past four years. Thank you again Tab and Katie.


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