Oiler Volleyball kicks off season in Colorado

By Alyssa Grevenkamp

The University of Findlay Women’s Volleyball team went on a trip to Colorado to kick off its season last weekend Sept. 4-5. The lady Oilers dropped its first two games against Minnesota St. Mankato, but got back on track on Saturday, Sept. 4.

The ladies had two dominant performances to push their record to 2-2 on the season. In the first match, the Oilers had a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-22) win over Western Oregon. In the next match, they also took a 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-19) victory over Pace.

In the first match, junior Hannah Tong led the Oilers with 16 kills and redshirt freshman Amanda Winner helped control the net by adding nine kills. Winner also led the team in digs with eight.

Senior Julie Lyons and sophomore Nickyla Garverick added seven kills apiece for Findlay. Freshman Hailee Olson made a presence on the court as she had 41 assists on the day as well as having five serving aces.

In the second match, the Oilers came out dominant once again. Hannah Tong continued to deliver for the Oilers as she had 21 kills in the match. Senior Andrea Roach added eight kills in the match. Winner pitched in with seven kills and led Findlay with 13 digs.

Senior Becca Shoemaker helped the cause by recording 13 digs. Olson continued to be a threat as she picked up right where she left off in the first match. She distributed 44 assists and sophomore Madelyn McCabe added two serving aces and five digs for Findlay.

The Oilers had a .407 hitting percentage in the second match and recorded six blocks on the day.

The Oilers will be back in action tonight against Pitt-Johnstown at 7 p.m. in Croy Gymnasium. They will also host the weekend tournament taking place on Friday and Saturday.


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