ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - On Tuesday night in the Duke Wells Center, Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist renewed their bitter cross-street rivalry with this year's volleyball edition of the Battle of the Ravine. Ouachita would go on to collect a three-set sweep over Henderson by scores of 26-24, 25-23, and 25-21.
Despite the implications of the rivalry and the inherent desire to win for both teams, the primary focus of the evening was to raise awareness and support for cancer and breast cancer research. Prior to the match, both head coaches exemplified that sentiment as they met at center court for a moment of silence for those who have been affected by the disease.
Once the match began, the atmosphere in the Duke Wells Center was electric and both teams fed off the energy. The opening set saw five lead changes and nine tie scores as both teams vied for control of the set. The Lady Reddies (5-18, 1-8 GAC) would take a late lead of 24-21 and were serving for the set, but the Lady Tigers (6-14, 3-6 GAC) rallied for three straight points to tie the set at 24-all, and then added two more consecutive points to take the opening set 26-24.
The comeback by OBU in the opening set would fuel them to wins in the second and third sets as they earned the match win, 3-0. In each of the final two sets, the Lady Tigers built early five-points leads that they would not relinquish.
Five different Lady Reddies registered kills in the match with Ty Lindberg leading the charge with nine kills. Jessica Moss and Sarah Williams followed with seven kills. Lindberg also led the team in defensive digs with 14. Senior libero Lauren Ray was behind Lindberg in digs with 10. The Lady Reddies totaled eight blocks in the match with Moss accounting for three block solos and three block assists. Freshman setter Emily Belz totaled all 27 of Henderson's assists.
The Lady Reddies will now take to the road as they will travel to Ada, Okla. for a match against East Central University on Saturday, October 20th. The match is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm.