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By Qae Clark

Staff reporter

The start of the volleyball conference game between Ottawa University and Southwestern College on Oct. 10 was back-and-forth. In the first set, Deardin Kelley, junior outside hitter, had some big saves for the Moundbuilders. After a couple of nice saves from Ottawa, they took an early 14-11 lead.

The Builders fought back and tied the game at 18-18. Kelley was a standout player for the Builders and had a few big plays to keep them in range for winning. Another standout player for Southwestern was Kiralyah Jones, freshman outside hitter. However, the Braves held a 24-22 lead, and the Moundbuilders fell short in the first set 25-22.

The Ottawa Braves took off quickly in the second set and got an early with a 17-11 lead. Ottawa made repeated nice plays to get the lead. The Moundbuilders didn’t give up, but the braves maintained the lead and won the second set 25-18, giving the Braves a 2-0 set lead.

Ottawa took an early 11-7 lead on the Moundbuilders to start the third set. The Braves brought the score to 16-8. The Moundbuilders managed to fight back, tightening the lead to 11-17. The Builders fell short 25-14, and the Ottawa Braves finished the match 3-0.

Carolina Garbato, head coach, said, “I think we played well. We made too many errors. That was the difference in the game.”

Qae Clark is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email him at qaeshon.clark@sckans.edu.