Oklahoma Baptist avenged an earlier Sooner Athletic Conference road loss and tightened its grip on the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 3-0 win over Oklahoma City University Tuesday in Shawnee.


Oklahoma Baptist avenged an earlier Sooner Athletic Conference road loss and tightened its grip on the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 3-0 win over Oklahoma City University Tuesday in Shawnee.
OBU won 25-23, 25-19, 25-22, to move to 9-2 in the SAC. The Lady Bison now have a 1 1/2-game lead over Wayland Baptist and Lubbock Christian. The Lady Bison are done for the regular season with the three teams closest to them in the standings, while WBU and LCU travel to OCU next week.
In beating the Stars, OBU put the clamps on two-time and reigning NAIA Player of the Week Xiaoting Ma. Ma had a team-best 13 kills, but took 38 swings and had six errors for a .184 percentage — her lowest in seven matches.
“It’s funny because that wasn’t our game plan,” said OBU coach Anna Howle. “We planned to do our best — dig Ma and to shut down the middles and right sides. We did a pretty good job against the middles, struggled with the right sides, but shutting down Ma on defense was good.
“Our team plays pretty good defense. That comes from passion and desire. Ma’s a great player. She’s the full package.”
The Lady Bison fell behind 6-2 in the first set but were able to pull even at 11 when Chassie Hamilton had two kills in a 3-0 run. But OBU didn’t take over until Kristin Pressley and Rupia Inck had back-to-back kills for a 17-16 lead.
The Stars tied the match at 21 before Tarah Derden, Pressly and Skyler Strahm pushed the Lady Bison lead to 24-21. After a couple of OCU points, OBU won the set on a kill by Strahm.
Down 5-4 in the second set, the Lady Bison got three aces by Inck in a 6-0 run to take command, 10-5. OBU would lead by as many as six in taking the second set 25-19.
OCU took a 3-1 lead in the final set before a 6-1 OBU run gave the Lady Bison the lead for good. The Stars got close at 18-16, but OBU’s Derden and Pressley had kills in a 4-0 run to put the Lady Bison ahead, 22-16.
The Stars scored four unanswered points to challenge, but Inck iced the game with a kill.
Pressley led OBU with 14 kills with Inck adding 12. Inck had four aces and Sabra Clark had 39 assists in the three-set match.
Defensively, Inck had 17 digs and Cami Weimer added 16. Strahm led with 1.5 blocks.
Now 22-8 on the season and 9-2 in the SAC, the Lady Bison play at Southern Nazarene Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.