The IUS volleyball team fell to Oakland City University on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in five sets (21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 27-25, 11-15).
The loss is the second straight five set loss for the Grenadiers.
“We didn’t do a good enough job sticking with our game plan,” head coach Eric Brian said. “When we stuck with our game plan we were winning, when we didn’t stick with our game plan that played into their strengths and they beat us.”
In the first set, Oakland City took control and kept the set away from the Grenadiers as the Grenadiers would lose the set 21-25.
Throughout the next few sets, the Grenadiers and the Lady Oaks would go back and fourth.
The Grenadiers took a 10-9 lead to start off the second set and were able to go on a 15-6 run to win the second set.
The Grenadiers would drop the third set to the Lady Oaks 20-25.
In the fourth set, the Grenadiers lead 24-21 at one point in the set. However, Oakland City then went on a 4-0 run to take the lead.
The Grenadiers, though, fought hard and to keep from losing a point and the set. They then went on a 3-0 run to comeback and win the set.
“We kind of lost focus and a lot of it had to do with not being in the right position, but at the end of the day they were a good team and they did what they needed to do,” Hannah Barker, junior setter, said.
In the fifth and final set, the Grenadiers would take the first point but then Oakland City would control the set leading 8-4. The Grenadiers would end up losing the set 11-15 and the match.
Hannah Joly, freshman outside hitter, had a team-high 19 kills and Michala Beasley, sophomore outside hitter, added 13 kills.
Katie Fischer, junior middle blocker, and Monica Loftus, freshman right side hitter, both had 9 kills in the match.
Both Loftus and Joly had 18 digs for the Grenadiers.
Barker, who averages 9.8 assists per set, had a game-high 52 assists.
On Friday, Oct. 23, the Grenadiers will have a doubleheader against Goshen College and University of Cumberlands.