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The Tiger volleyball team faced yet another Top 25 opponent on Friday morning and the match-up lived up to the billing as it went five games. However, for Doane, the result was not what they anticipated as they fell 3-2 to No. 22 Oklahoma Baptist. Game scores were 21-25, 25-17, 27-25, 23-25 and 19-17 in favor of the Bison.
For Doane, the difference in the match can be looked as seizing opportunities. The Tigers had game-point in the third game but dropped the game. In games one and four, the Tigers had seven combined game-points before finally pulling out a win. In the fifth game, Doane had three match-points that were fought off in the two-point loss.
The Tigers received 18 kills and four assist blocks from Susan Rollman. The sophomore came up with big points for the Tigers in the final two games. Fellow middle Emily Max added 16 kills and three blocks. Ashley Axmann was also in double figures with 11 kills.
Heather Davison set up the Tiger attackers most of the morning and finished with 50 assists. Cassie Reicks added three set assists.
Kellie Peterson and Nicole Skolnick paced the service game, finishing with two ace serves apiece. Peterson gave the Tigers a spark in game four as she helped Doane build a ten-point lead in the early stages, 15-5.
In the back row, Skolnick led the Tigers with 19 digs followed by Davison's 16 digs.
Doane will face College of the Ozarks (10-0) in the second match of the day at the Hastings Quality Inn Classic.