OCU volleyball qualifies for RSC tournament despite loss to Midway | Sports
Despite losing to close their regular season, Saturday turned into a winning day for the Oakland City University volleyball players.
Shortly after the Lady Oaks fell 25-16, 25-13, 25-16, during a visit to Midway at the Johnson Center, they learned that Brescia had lost to Indiana University-East. So, by finishing a game in front of the Owensboro, Ky., Team, they placed fourth in the West Division of the River States Conference and thus qualified for the conference tournament in Indiana-Kokomo, where they will meet Indiana-Southeast at 3:00 p.m. CST. Friday.
If Brescia had won on Saturday, it would be in the conference tournament via the tiebreaker rule, after a regular season split. 1.
While they aren’t upset to win the River States tournament, Lady Oaks’ season will continue. They will host Asbury, a team they twice swept 3-0 in the regular season, to the Mid-East region of the National Christian College Athletic Association, a date has yet to be decided.
So, in a season that began with a 19-game losing streak that started at the end of 2019 and turned into a 24-game slippage in the first five games of this campaign, they will play in two playoffs – unless they didn’t win the River State tournament. and advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championships.
Oakland City will take an 11-14 record, including 7-9 in the River States, against IU-Southeast, the New Albany-based team that beat them twice in the regular season. Lost on Saturday, including Thursday by 25-16, 25-18, 25-8 at Johnson Center.
The senior day on Saturday ended well despite the loss on the court.
“The season couldn’t have gone better. Even though we’ve lost the last two games at home, that won’t stop us from continuing to play together, ”said Macie Clark, honored on Senior Day with her classmate Kalina Todorovska.
“I wasn’t expecting it, but it’s happening,” said Clark, an outside defensive hitter / specialist and resident of Fairfield, Ill., Who came to OCU after two years. at Lindenwood-Belleville University (Illinois) and turned 20 on August 15. She will graduate in human biology in May.
“I’m really happy with the way our season is going. It could have been better, but we achieved a lot after struggling last year, ”said Todorovska, who spent a year at Midland (Tex.) And Pratt (Kan.) Before moving on to the OCU.
“This will be my first playoffs and I’m really happy with it,” said Todorovska, who came to the United States from Skopje, Macedonia, Eastern Europe and turned 22 on the 15th. October.
“As a first year, I tore the meniscus of my ACL. Getting over that, coming here and playing with Macie has been great, ”said the right-back and center hitter.
“Macie and Kalina are wonderful young women,” said coach Larry Hinshaw in his second season with OCU. “They have had unique experiences, some good, some bad. They certainly helped change our program from what it was.
“Indiana-Southeast is a pretty solid team. We’re going to need a lot of energy, more than we had today when we came out flat ”
Saturday’s loss came despite 10 assists from passer and defensive specialist Callie Foster, rookie from Vincennes Lincoln. Junior Juliana Sandoval, defensive specialist from Bogota, Colombia, made eight digs to five each for Clark and Mariana Anastasiade, junior passer transferred from Auburn-Montgomery. Rookie Chloee Thomas, central hitter from Frankton, Ind., Matched six kills from Jazmyn Rodriguez, outside hitter and defensive specialist from Oblong, Ill., And Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill..