#22 Braves play in Southwest of KCAC Tournament quarterfinals

Ottawa finished the regular season on a 14-game winning streak, wrapping up its ninth KCAC championship with a 3-0; 25-23, 25-18, 25-17; victory over Friends University last Saturday night at the Garvey Center.

OU has dropped just two sets in its 12 KCAC games and has recorded 11 sweeps of conference opponents.

During his 14-game winning streak, the Braves have 635 kills, a .239 offense percentage, 591 assists, 83 service aces, 855 digs, and 89.5 team blocks.

Ottawa is averaging 1.8 service aces per set and 5.9 service aces per game during its 14-game winning streak.

The Braves are trailed by Radaisy-Valdez with 382. She averages 3.3 kills per set. Haylee O’Meara is the OU leader in assists with 608. That’s an average of 5.3 assists per set. OR has three players with 30 service aces or more: Jadore Hayes (38), Haylee O’Meara (37), and Kennedi Wyrick (31). Hayes leads the OU in digs with 558. She averages 4.8 digs per set. Elli Rogers leads the team in blocks (104), averaging 0.9 per set.

Friday’s game is the 94th meeting between the two teams. Ottawa leads the series 65-28 and is on a 30-game winning streak against Southwestern. OU has not lost to SWC since Oct. 7, 2008 at Winfield, 3-0. Ottawa haven’t dropped a set to the Moundbuilders in six straight games. The first meeting between Ottawa and Southwestern took place in October 1976 at Baker University. OU won the match 2-0; 15-6, 15-0.

Ottawa won the game this season on Sept. 21 at Wilson Field House 3-0, 25-15, 25-10, 25-15. OU finished the game with 42 kills, a .293 offense percentage, 34 assists, six service aces, 67 digs, and four team blocks. Radaisy-Valdez the org unit led with 16 kills had an attack percentage of .500. The OU passers both finished the game with a double-double. Haylee O’Meara had 18 assists and 10 digs. Kaitlyn Haller finished the game with 12 assists and 16 digs. Jadore Hayes led the Braves with 17 digs and Kennedi Wyrick had 12 digs.

OU is 42-16 in the KCAC Tournament and has won 10 KCAC Tournament Championships. The Braves have won six of the last seven KCAC tournaments, including the last four (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). Ottawa and Southwestern have met five times in the KCAC tournament. Ottawa is 4-1 in those games and has won the last four meetings of the KCAC tournament. (11 Nov 1994 L | 11 Nov 1996 W, 3-2 | 14 Nov 2002 W, 3-0 | 12 Nov 2013 W, 3-0 | 9 Nov 2018 W, 3-1).

In 33 games, the Braves averaged 12.5 kills per set, 11.6 assists per set, 2.03 blocks per set, 1.5 service aces per set, and 18.2 digs per set. OU has an attack percentage of .202.

The Braves are ranked 30th in the NAIA in kills (1,454), 21st in total kills (4,447), 28th in assists (1,351), 15th in digs (2,112), 29th in digs by set (18.2), 38th in solo blocks (75), 41st in assist blocks (322), 30th in total blocks (236) and 44th in blocks per set (2.03).

Southwestern College is 11-14 overall and finishes eighth in the KCAC with a 5-7 record. The Moundbuilders beat Avila University in the first round of the KCAC Tournament 3-0 on Nov. 8 at Winfield. It was Southwestern’s second win over the Eagles in less than a week.

In the win over Avila on Tuesday night, Southwestern had 36 kills, a .151 offense percentage, 36 assists, two service aces, 74 digs and seven team blocks. KaSandra Lyons and Anna Bradley led the Moundbuilders with eight wins each. Maela Stevens led the team with 19 assists, Sophia Wicker had 20 digs and Jayda Brittenum finished with four blocks.

Over 25 games, Southwestern is averaging 10.6 kills per set, 10.05 assists per set, 1.2 blocks per set, 0.9 service aces per set, and 19.5 digs per set. The Moundbuilders have an attack percentage of 0.119.

SWC is ranked seventh in the NAIA in recoveries per set (19.5) and 28th in ball handling errors (42).

Hannah Weber leads Southwestern with 180 kills, averaging 2.07 kills per set. Sierra Norlin leads the team in assists (433) and she is averaging 4.9 assists per set. Sophia Wickers is the SWC leader in service aces (24) and digs (563). She averages 6.4 recoveries per set. Brianne Ede leads the team in blocks with 49, averaging 0.6 per set.

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