Lady Trailblazers lost 3 home matches to the Crown College and UC-Clermont on Saturday and to defending MidEast Regional Champion Kentucky Christian on Tuesday. Saturday, OCU lost their leading attacker to an ankle sprain that occurred during the UC-Clermont match. "Our freshmen are getting great experience against high level opponents," said Head Coach Wes Brothers.
The men's soccer team lost their first game this year to Malone College 0-2. It was a tough opponent but a great opportunity for OCU to see how far we have come in 2 years. The Trailblazers are now 5-1-0 and will travel to St. Catharine's in Kentucky this Saturday.
Lady Trailblazers dropped their first match of the season to the Evangels of Johnson Bible College 19-25, 19-25, 21-25. "Tonight, our youth showed through," said Head Coach Wes Brothers. "JBC's aggressiveness was too much for us tonight as we were one step behind.
The OCU men win their 5th game in a row, marking the second best win streak in OCU Men's history, second only to last years 6-0 start. The OCU men didn't do it quietly though as they gave up a 3-1 lead, to visiting Crown College, late in the game. In the 80th minute Crown scored on a rare lapse of the OCU defense and one minute later scored again on a phenomenal goal making it 3-3.
Marissa Tackett, a 2006 graduate of Chillicothe High School, is currently ranked 1st in Kill Average per set in the NCCAA II Division. Two weeks into the season, Marissa has tallied an average of 4.33 kills per set. Tackett has led 7th ranked Ohio Christian University to a record of 2-0 with 39 kills and 7 blocks.
The Ohio Christian University Women's Volleyball team tallied their second win of the season against OSU-Mansfield with scores of 25-17, 13-25, 25-17, 13-25, 15-6. "There were several bright spots in tonight's match," said Head Coach Wes Brothers. "The team is playing more as one unit on the court, reading offensive attacks and getting quicker on transitions.
Lady Trailblazers defeated the Warriors of Appalachian Bible College 20-25, 25-13, 28-26, 25-18. "Playing the Warriors on the road is always a challenge," said Head Coach Wes Brothers. "The team showed improvement over the course of the match, however, we will need to focus on reducing our unforced errors." The third set saw the Trailblazers down at one point 20-23.
This year, 2009, marks an exciting year for OCU women. The inaugural season opens this year and there is much to be excited about! The women's team is a varsity team; this allows them to play in post season play in the NCCAA. Due to their first year status, the women have eight regular season games.
On July 6-8, Oho Christian University Soccer teamed up with Countryside Church of the Nazarene in Darbyville to put on a camp for the local youth. Over 40 kids attended in which they learned the basics of soccer and were "Kickin it with Jesus".
OCU Men soccer make another mark towards having a successful off-season by signing Lyon McCabe from Mid-State League Powerhouse, Fairfield Union. "Lyon played defense for Fairfield Union. I can see us using him in the same fashion. He's strong and a physical player which will help strengthen our defense" commented Coach Murton.