OCU Volleyball 2010 Regular Season Recap
Coming off of a 4-21 2009 season that was full of ups and downs, Ohio Christian came into the 2010 season poised to build a stronger foundation. The Trailblazers brought in Tiffany Mosher, Ashley Southard, and Rachel Briggs who helped raise the serve receive percentage of the team from 78% in the 2009 season to 90% in 2010. These three freshmen also increased the aggressive serving with a 91% serve percentage and averaging nearly 1 ace per set. Freshman Mary Ashbaucher offered speed and the ability to read on both the offensive and defensive fronts. Midway through the 2010 season, Ashbaucher stepped into the role of setting and provided a much needed 2 kills more per set. With Ashbaucher in the setting role, Junior and Team Captain Kristen Uetrecht was able to display her ability to play all the way around with a service reception percentage in the nineties. On defense, Uetrecht added 119 digs and 58 blocks. Uetrecht's offense contributed 114 kills from the right side. The Trailblazer spread offense had for the 1st time in OCU Volleyball Program history 5 hitters with over 100 kills. Southard led the team with 196, then Sophomore Linette Shetler with 186, Sophomore Hillary Stump with 132, Uetrecht's 114, and Sophomore Meredith Fairrow's 100.
With a shorter line-up, OCU's team defense worked hard to slow the ball down on the front line and pass it to Ashbaucher. OCU's libero Mosher led the team with 307 digs averaging 4.39 digs per set. The Trailblazers chalked up 168 blocks with 73 solo blocks and 95 block assists.
Looking ahead, Freshman Hali Burleson and Freshman Rachel Briggs who was hampered by an ankle injury in the preseason look to add some hitting power for the 2011 season.
Coach Brothers stated, "Burleson brings hitting power and her consistency is improving, so I am expecting good things from her as she matures in the program. Briggs is a smart hitter and has great fundamentals, so I am looking forward to getting her into the front row next season."
"The 2010 season has been one of the fastest in large part because this team is so fun to watch," added Coach Brothers. "They are quick and never give up, so I expect the team to pull off some surprises in regional similar to our strong finish in the OCAC conference!"
Ohio Christian improved from the 2009 season to end the 2010 regular season with an overall record of 13-16. OCU ends the season breaking the top 25 ranked 24th in the NCCAA.