GREENVILLE, SC - Entering the weekend, the Lady Trailblazers had the goal of stacking up their talent against other quality competition at the Labor Day Tournament hosted by Bob Jones University. Coming off a huge home victory over OU-Chillicothe on Tuesday, OCU headed to South Carolina looking to continue their early season progress.
The weekend would start off with a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. In Game #1, OCU would face Hiwassee College in what would be an easy three set victory for the Lady Trailblazers. A large key to the team's success was their accurate serving, racking up 10 aces on 67 total attempts. The team would also finish with 7 solo blocks. Individually, seniors Megan Morrison and Lexi Jacobs would lead the way, teaming up for 8 kills and 4 blocks.
The second game of the day would be against Bluefield College. Despite taking the game in three sets once again, Bluefield would present a challenge, taking the first set to 31-30 before the Lady Trailblazers could win 32-30. OCU would finish off the Rams with two more close victories to move to 2-0 on the weekend. Against Bluefield, the Lady Trailblazers would total 44 kills, 7 aces, and 4 blocks. Lexi Jacobs would once again lead the offensive attack, finishing with 14 total kills.
Coming off Friday's 2-0 record, OCU was set to face Toccoa Falls College with a chance to play in the title match later in the afternoon. Despite all three sets finishing with both teams above 20 points, the Lady Trailblazers would come out on top, taking all three sets by close margins to advance to the championship. A strong serving attack, led by Olivia Wireman, would once again lead to the victory, on top of the team's balanced offensive attack. The win would move OCU onto the tournament's championship game against Tennessee Wesleyan University.
Entering the game coming off three straight matches in two days, OCU would need to rely on strong performances from each player in order to come out on top. The match would go back and forth, with the two teams alternating victories in the first four sets. The match would go to a decisive Set #5, which would go to the Lady Trailblazers 15-7. Ultimately, the match would once again be decided on serving, as OCU would tally four more aces and five less service errors. Tennessee Wesleyan would finish with more kills than the Lady Trailblazers, but a number of errors on both offense and defense would lead to the defeat.
"I could not be more proud of the team and their accomplishments this weekend," said Head Coach Danielle Heffernan. "It was a complete team effort and everyone contributed. It was a great tournament with some great competition. We had to overcome a little bit of adversity, but we fought hard and came out on top!"
With the tournament victory, OCU advances to 5-2 with a five game winning streak after beginning the season 0-2. Next up, the Lady Trailblazers will return home to face Otterbein Unversity on Tuesday evening in the Maxwell Center. For more on the Lady Trailblazer Volleyball program and the rest of OCU Athletics, follow us on Twitter (@OCUtrailblazers), Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers), and YouTube (Ohio Christian University TraiIlblazers)