posted on November 28, 2007 11:34
COLUMBIA, Mo.—The University of Mobile volleyball team dropped its opening match at the 2007 NAIA National Tournament, as the 4th-ranked Biola University Lady Eagles out-hit Mobile .376 to .154 on their way to the 3-0 (30-23, 30-16, 30-23) victory.
In the first game of the match, the Lady Rams took an early 13-9 lead after a pair of errors by Biola sandwiched a Paula Stilkey kill. Unfortunately for Mobile, Biola went on a quick 6-1 run to take their first lead and never looked back.
The Lady Rams were able to fight back within 3 points late, 23-26, but 4th-ranked Biola finished the game with a 4-0 run thanks to a trio of attack errors by the Lady Rams.
Game 2 was not as kind to Mobile as the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 7-1 lead and cruised to the finish line, as the Lady Rams could not get any closer than 4 in the game.
The final game was much like the first. The two teams jostled back and forth all the way until Biola held a late 21-20 lead. From there, the Lady Eagles used 6 kills and 2 aces to finish off the sweep on the opening day of pool play.
The 20-team field is divided into five pools of four teams, and the top two teams from each pool advance to a single-elimination bracket. With that in mind, a team can lose and still advance.
But, the road will be tough for Mobile, as the Lady Rams will face #6 Columbia College at 1:30 pm on Thursday, November 29th and then battle #24 Campbellsville at 8:15 pm on the same day.
Paula Stilkey and Whitney Knight led the way with 10 kills for the Lady Rams, while Nicole Stokes picked up 21 assists. Amber Presnell led the team with 11 digs.