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VB Battle of the Ravine tonight

By COURTLIN HAYGARTH | HSU Sports Network

ARKADELPHIA —  Henderson State will host rivals Ouachita Baptist University in the first installment of the Battle of the Ravine on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Duke Wells Center.

Henderson State

The Reddies (7-8, 1-2) enter the match with a conference victory over Arkansas Tech and two defeats to Harding and Arkansas-Monticello.

Henderson’s most recent match was against UAM, who defeated the Reddies 3-0. Sophomore Christiane Uzoh and freshman Aleah Stogner led the HSU attack with ten and seven kills, respectively. Uzoh has now tallied 140 kills, while Stogner broke the century mark with 103 kills. The sophomore outside hitter is the most efficient attacker, leading the offense with an attack average of .217.

Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Sykes leads the defense on the net with 37 total blocks – 14 solo and 23 assists – while registering the fourth most kills on the team with 60. Against UAM, Sykes finished with one block assist and three kills.

The last three meetings between HSU and OBU have all gone the Reddies way, winning nine sets and only dropping one. Henderson leads the all-time matchup 34-20 and holds the longest win streak in the series with 20 wins in a row.

Scouting OBU

The Tigers defeated Southern Arkansas University in their last match, winning 3-0. The win over SAU gives them an even 7-7 overall record, and they are 1-2 in conference play. Their two defeats in conference matches come at the hands of the University of Arkansas-Monticello and Harding University.

Ouachita’s outside hitter Riley Braziel led the team against SAU with 16 kills, finishing the match with a .636 attack average. For the season, Braziel has 126 kills, third most on the team behind Kayla Steinmeyer and Emily Adams, who have 152 and 151 kills, respectively.

Graduate student Lexie Castillow leads the Tiger defense with 286 digs, averaging 5.61 per set. On the net, Adamas has 35 total blocks – five solo and 30 assists – and has committed just one block error.  

What to watch ford

  • The Reddies are 25-10 when the Tigers make the trip across the highway to the Duke Wells Center. Henderson has won the last four out of six matches played in front of the home crowd.

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