The Lady Oaks women's volleyball team has competed in the National Tournament five times, and regional competition is a routine event for the team. The women's volleyball team competes from August through December.
Front Row, L-R: Kiersten Harville, Laramy Parke, Haley Taylor, Michelle Goodnight, Allison Eads, Kayla Meinema, Tya Harmon, Kayla White, Jaycee Parke, Dannah Davis
Back Row, L-R: Head Coach Patti Buchta, Alicia Goedde, Breanne Schumacher, Alicia Hartley, Carleigh Johnson, Abby Mayer, Madison Clark, Assistant Coach Kim Flint
Oakland City University's women's volleyball team opened up their NCCAA DI National Tournament by upsetting the #4 Campbellsville Tigers 3-1. They then found themselves up against the 25-3 Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds in the final match of the day.
After dropping the first set 25-12, a set in which OCU hit .167 compared to FPU's .538, the Lady Oaks were unable to turn things around in set two, losing 25-13. The second stanza saw OCU hit .000 for the first time this season, notching just six kills to go with six errors in 33 attempts.The Sunbirds had 16 kills and just four errors in 30 tries for a percentage of .400.
Facing a must win to keep their school-record win streak alive, the Lady Oaks fought hard in the third set. However, the Sunbirds proved the better team, taking the final set 25-14. OCU hit just .056 in set three, compared to FSU's .281.
Carleigh Johnson had seven kills to lead the Lady Oaks, followed by five from Haley Taylor. Johnson also led the team in digs, with seven, followed by Kayla Meinema, with five. Allison Eads had 14 assists in the match.
Fresno Pacific had 11 kills from Morghan Williams, followed by nine each from Rupia Inck and Kathleen Anderson. Hannah Butler had 25 digs for the Sunbirds, while Erica Adachi tallied 20 assists, leading the 17 handed out by Amy Siemens.
Next up for the Lady Oaks is the #8 seeded Grace College, who they swept in the NCCAA Mid-West Regional Finals 3-0, followed by a game against the #9 seeded Southern Wesleyan University. Game times are scheduled for 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM EST.
The Lady Oaks volleyball team opened pool play this afternoon at the National Christian College Athletic Association DIvision I Women's Volleyball Championships, held in Kissimmee, Florida, taking on the #4 seeded Tigers of Campbellsville University, winners of the Mid-East Region.
After dropping set one 25-23, a set in which OCU hit just .140 percent, the Lady Oaks were able to right the ship, hitting .480 in the second series, evening the match with a score of 25-20.
Set three saw OCU jump out to an early lead. Campbellsville cut slowly into that lead, but were unable to get over the hump, as game three went the Lady Oaks' way 25-22. The Lady Oaks out-hit the Tigers .257 to .139 in that game.
With the upset in sight, the Lady Oaks managed hitting percentage of .207 in the fourth set, over half a percentage less than the Tigers, who swung at a .278 rate, but when the final whistle sounded, the scoreboard read 25-22 in favor of the fifth seeded Oaks.
The win was OCU's 18th straight, adding to their school record winning streak, and improving their record to 29-3 overall. The Tigers dropped to 28-11 on the season.
Carleigh Johnson led the way in kills for the winning Oaks, notching 12 on 33 attempts, followed by Haley Taylor's 11 kills in 30 tries. Alicia Hartley added nine kills in 15 tries, while Tya Harmon and Alicia Goedde managed six kills each. Harmon led the team in digs with 12, followed by Johnson and Taylor, who pulled up 11 and 10 respectively. Allison Eads had 34 assists, four kills and nine digs in the win.
Rinata Aisena had 14 kills for the losing Tigers, followed by 13 each for Laura DeGear and Diane Souza. Haley Bechtel had 15 digs, followed by 10 from Giselle Hernandez. Jackie Schwieger tallied 24 assists, followed closely by Kira Stewart's 22.
Next up for the Lady Oaks is the top overall seeded Fresno Pacific University. Game time is slated for 6:00 PM EST.
Oakland City University's volleyball team will travel to Kissimmee, Florida, for the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Volleyball National Tournament, held November 29-December 1.
The Lady Oaks earned the #5 seed in the tournament, following their NCCAA Mid-West Regional Championship. Pool play will begin on Thursday, November 29, with the Lady Oaks facing #4 Campbellsville University at 2:00 PM local time, followed by #1 Fresno Pacific University immediately following the Parade of Champions.
On Friday, November 30, the Lady Oaks will face #8 Grace College, a team they defeated 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-23) in the Mid-West Regional Championship game, beginning at 2:00 PM. OCU's next opponent will be #9 Southern Wesleyan University at 6:00 PM.
The top two seeds from each pool move on to play in the National Semi-Finals on Saturday, December 1, with the winners of those games playing for the National Championship, also held on Saturday.
The Oakland City University volleyball team began the year with one goal in mind, to win the regional championship and earn their way into the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Volleyball National Championship tournament. That dream was realized on Saturday night in the Johnson Center.
After claiming the best regular-season record in school history (26-3), the Lady Oaks found themselves as the top seeded team in the NCCAA Mid-West Region Tournament. Their first matchup was against the #3 seeded Cincinnati Christian University, a team they swept twice during the regular season. CCU showed their ability to keep the match close, forcing a fourth set by winning the third 33-31, after OCU took the early lead by winning the first two sets (25-19, 25-18). But the home Oaks proved up to the challenge, taking the match in the fourth set 25-14.
Grace College, the second seeded team in the tournament and one of just two teams to knock off NCCAA overall #1 Indiana Wesleyan University, defeated CCU in the first match of the day (25-20, 25-22, 25-17) to earn their way into the championship match against the hosts. The Lady Oaks fought hard, getting great production from their entire line up, to take the first set 25-20. In set two, the Lady Oaks rallied for a 25-23 come-from-behind win, taking a solid 2-0 advantage.
The third set score stood at 24-22, and the Lady Oaks celebrated as the next point was awarded their way, but the officials overturned the initial ruling, forcing one more point to be played. Senior Alicia Hartley spiked down the winning point on the next rally to give the Lady Oaks their sixth trip to the national tournament with a 25-23 set win and a 3-0 win in the match.
After opening the season with eight straight wins, including a nearly unblemished record of 24-1 in set points, the Lady Oaks saw their streak snapped by Trevecca Nazarene University three sets to two (22-25, 27-25, 29-27, 24-26, 9-15).
Looking to rebound from their first loss, the team traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to square off against the Eagles of Cincinnati Christian University, a team they beat twice last season, 3-0 on October 27 in the Johnson Center, and 3-2 on November 5 in Cincinnati. The Lady Oaks proved fit for the challenge, winning in straight sets, 25-22, 25-22, 25-15.
With their win, the team's record climbs to 9-1 heading into their Tuesday night matchup against Spalding University.
Carleigh Johnson, junior outside hitter, was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Women's Volleyball All-American 2nd Team.
Johnson led Oakland City University in kills, totaling 304 on the year, kills per set at 3.13, service aces with 46, aces per set at 0.47, digs with 408, and digs per set with 4.21. Johnson was also second on the team in serve receptions with 431 and reception percentage at 86.1%. Her 34 total blocks was also good for second on the team.
"Carleigh worked very hard during this past off season to make herself a better player," stated Patti Buchta, finishing up her second year as the head coach after taking over the team again after a few years off. "She got herself in better shape and all of her hard work paid off. Carleigh is just the third All-American I have coached in volleyball, and the first since I have been back."
"If it wasn't for my teammates, this would not have been possible," said Johnson, "my classmates Allison Eads and Alicia Hartley take a lot of pressure off of me and give me the opportunities to succeed."
The Oakland City University volleyball team presented a check in the amount of $472.60 to the Gibson County Relay for Life on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. The money was raised at Dig Pink night on October 27, 2011. Pictured are team captains Kristen Hart and Allison Eads, presenting the check to Ashley Engler, a Gibson County Relay for Life committee member.
Oakland City University is set to host the NCCAA Mid-East Regional Volleyball Tournament on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, in the Johnson Center. The games will be played as follows:
#1 Asbury University
#4 Trevecca Nazarene University
#5 Covenant College
#2 Campbellsville University
#3 Oakland City University
#6 Tennessee Temple University
Thursday, November 17, Schedule:
12:00 PM - #1 Asbury vs. #5 Covenant
12:00 PM - #3 Oakland City vs. #6 Tennessee Temple
2:00 PM - #4 Trevecca Nazarene vs. #5 Covenant
2:00 PM - #2 Campbellsville vs. #6 Tennessee Temple
4:00 PM - #1 Asbury vs. #4 Trevecca Nazarene
4:00 PM - #2 Campbellsville vs. #3 Oakland City
Friday, November 18, Schedule:
11:00 AM - Winner Pool A vs. Runner-Up Pool B
11:00 AM - Winner Pool B vs. Runner-Up Pool A
1:30 PM - Championship Match
Oakland City University's volleyball team hosted the Cougars of Mid-Continent University on Saturday, October 22, in the Johnson Center. MCU gave the Lady Oaks one of their three losses earlier this season, winning in five sets, 27-29, 16-25, 25-29, 25-19, 8-15. However, OCU was up to the challenge this time, winning in straight sets 25-15, 25-17, 25-18, and improving to 15-3 on the year.
The Lady Oaks were led in kills by freshman Breanne Jones with 14, followed by juniors Carleigh Johnson and Alicia Hartley who had 11 and seven, respectively. Junior Allison Eads had 33 assists on the day while leading the team in digs with 16. Johnson joined sophomore Kayla Meinema with 13 digs each. Hartley and Jones also had two blocks apiece.
"This was a solid game," said Coach Buchta, "We played solid defense the whole time. It felt good to beat a team that beat us earlier this year."
OCU also moved into the top ten rankings in the NCCAA Division I. Last week they were ranked 12th, but moved up three positions to come in at 9th. Indiana Wesleyan University (21-4) is ranked first overall, followed by #2 Azusa Pacific University (20-5), #3 Trinity Christian College (22-7), #4 Palm Beach Atlantic University (17-2), #5 Malone University (18-7),#6 Asbury University (27-4), #7 Grace College (22-8), and #8 Campbellsville University (14-11). #10 Colorado Christian University (13-10) rounds out the top ten.
Their next game is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, when the travel to Owensboro, Kentucky, to face Brescia University. The Lady Oaks beat Brescia on October 11 in straight sets (25-13, 25-11, 25-9). Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.
Oct. 15, 2011 - OCU Volleyball Returns Victorious From St. Louis College of Pharmacy Tournament; Improves to 13-3
The Oakland City University volleyball team continued their strong play this weekend, winning four straight games to take the St. Louis College of Pharmacy tournament championship. In game one, they beat Lindenwood-Belleville (3-1), followed by wins against Harris-Stowe State University (3-0) and Midway College (3-0) before holding off Principia College in the championship game (3-2).
Junior Carleigh Johnson took home Tournament MVP honors as she led the team with 47 kills in the four games. Breanne Jones added 40 kills, followed by Alicia Goedde's 33 and Alicia Hartley's 32. Kiersten Harville tallied 65 digs, leading Johnson's 60. Kristen Hart had 10 aces in the tournament, while Allison Eads added 159 assists.
"Our ability to attack from multiple positions proved the be the deciding factor this weekend," stated Coach Buchta, "Our hitters really got after the ball from all areas of the floor and the defenses were unable to keep up. We played some tough teams this weekend, and had a lot of good hits returned, but most of the teams had no more than one or two really good hitters, so we were able to take advantage of our depth. I am proud of our efforts."
The Lady Oaks also found themselves just outside of the NCCAA Division I Top Ten list this week, coming in at 12th overall. With this weekend's results, a spot in the top ten is likely.
OCU returns to action on Monday, October 17, when the travel to Berea, Kentucky, to face Berea College. Game time is set for 6:00 PM CST.
Oakland City University hosted Spalding University for a volleyball match on Monday night in the Johnson Center. The Lady Oaks lost to the Golden Eagles last season in straight sets (25-27, 16-25, 22-25) but were able to avenge the loss, winning in four sets (25-18, 25-11, 20-25, 27-25).
The Lady Oaks never trailed in game one and were tied on just two occasions, once at 1-1 and again at 8-8. After the second tie, OCU went on an 11-1 scoring run that put the game out of reach as the host team notched the first game in their favor 25-18.
Game two was a different story early as OCU found themselves down 3-5. But a run of 14-2 in favor of the Oaks left the Golden Eagles in a hole too deep to overcome and the Lady Oaks took the game 25-11.
In Game three, after scoring the opening point, OCU lost the next two to fall behind for good, never being able to overcome the more aggressive attack of Spalding. The Lady Oaks lost the game 25-20, but still held a 2-1 advantage overall.
The fourth game, like the first two, saw OCU gain an early advantage, leading by the score of 13-7 before the Eagles were able to rally. After losing much of their lead, the Oaks found themselves with just a three point advantage at 15-12, but OCU responded with a rally of their own, scoring six points to SU's two to lead 21-14. Spalding responded again, bringing the score back to within three points at 23-20 before being called for getting into the net, which brought match point to the Oaks at 24-10. OCU was unable to put the game away, however, as the Eagles scored the next five points to retake the lead they held just one time in the set, and that at 1-0. The Lady Oaks proved to be up to the challenge, scoring the next three points to put the game away 27-25, sealing the match.
Alicia Hartley led the game with 12 kills, followed by Carleigh Johnson and Breanne Jones, each with nine kills. Abby Mayer and Alicia Goedde each helped the OCU cause, notching five and three kills respectively.
The Lady Oaks return to action on Thursday, October 6, when they travel to Belleville, Illinois, to face Lindenwood University-Belleville for the third time this season. OCU won both of their previous matchups 3-0 and will be looking for their eighth win of the year. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.
Sept. 28, 2011 - Volleyball Team Avenges Losses From Last Season With Victory Over Indiana University-Southeast
The Lady Oaks Volleyball team faced the Grenadiers of IU-Southeast on Wednesday, September 28, in the Johnson Center. OCU lost two matches against IU-S last season, each 3-1, but they reversed the score this year, winning 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22).
After falling behind 1-6, OCU pushed the game to a tie at 11-11. The Oaks finished the game on a 14-5 scoring run to with 25-16. In game two, The Lady Oaks trailed 10-14 before gaining the lead, thanks to a stretch of five straight points, at 18-16. IU-S tied the game at 20-20, but their come back bid fell short and OCU put the game away 25-22.
In game three, OCU grabbed an early lead, but found themselves trailing 11-12. The deficit grew larger yet as the Grenadiers put the next two points on the board in their favor. The Oaks tied the game at 17-17, but were unable to get over the hump, eventually losing 20-25. Game four was another close game, with both teams gaining slight advantages before the score swayed back the other way. The scoreboard showed a tie ten different times, the last of which came at 22-22. A Grenadier service error gave the Oaks the lead, followed by a block from Carleigh Johnson to give OCU their chance to win the game. The Grenadiers committed a hitting error, giving the Oaks the win 25-22.
"When one kid struggled, the others were there to pick her up." States Coach Buchta. "This is the best win for our program since I have been back coaching, and it may be one of the best in my volleyball coaching career. They were a solid team, but we played very well tonight"
The Oaks return to action on Friday, September 30, when they travel to Mayfield, Kentucky, to take on Mid-Continent University. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.
Oakland City hosted the Lynx of Lindenwood University-Belleville in the Johnson Center on Tuesday, September 20, in a rematch of their game played on September 3, a game the Lady Oaks won in straight sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-6). This time proved to be a tougher challenge, but OCU still was able to sweep the Lynx by scores of 25-10, 26-24 and 25-18.
Game one saw the Oaks outplay their opponents in nearly every way, opening a large lead early and never slowing down. OCU again jumped out to an early lead in game two, opening up a 12-4 advantage before LU-B came back to tie the score at 17-17. The teams traded points back and forth, with multiple lead changes and ties, until the score evened for one last time at 24-24. Allison Eads' service ace game the Oaks a chance to take the game, which they were able to do thanks to a hitting error committed by the Lynx.
In game three, OCU again saw an early advantage, leading 20-10. But the Lynx showed they were still alive, bringing the score closer at 22-16. But the Oaks' lead proved too much and the game went to OCU 25-18.
For the game, Allison Eads notched 27 assists to lead the team. Alicia Hartley tallied 10 kills, followed by Carleigh Johnson's nine. Johnson led the team in digs as well, pulling up 20, trailed by Kiersten Harville's 13. Johnson and Alicia Goedde each had two blocks to lead the team and Johnson also had four aces.
The Lady Oaks will be back in action on Wednesday, September 28, when they host Indiana University-Southeast. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.
The Lady Oaks volleyball team traveled to Midway, Kentucky, to take on Midway College on Thursday, winning three games to one. Each game was close, however, as the Lady Oaks committed numerous passing errors and service reception errors.
The first two games were won by OCU, each by the score of 25-18. Game three went to Midway 25-19, but the Oaks took the forth game to close out the match 25-20.
For the night, Carleigh Johnson led OCU in kills with 13, followed closely by Alicia Hartley's 12 and Alicia Goedde's 11. Allison Eads had 42 assists, her second highest total on the year. Johnson's 17 dig total was second on the team, trailing Kiersten Harville's 18.
The Lady Oaks return to action on Tuesday, September 20, when the host Lindenwood-Belleville, who they beat on September 3 of this season three games to none in the Spalding University Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. Game time for Tuesday's match is set for 7:00 PM CST in the Johnson Center.
Oakland City University hosted DePauw University for their season opener in the Johnson Center on Thursday, September 1. After taking extra time in the first set only to see their lead slip away, the Lady Oaks dropped all three games to lose to the visiting Tigers in straight sets, with the scores standing at 28-26, 25-18, 25-14.
Carleigh Johnson and Alicia Hartley each had solid outings, as did Alicia Goedde, Kristen Hart and Allison Eads, but numerous ball handling errors kept the Lady Oaks from gaining much of an advantage. The Lady Oaks largest lead in any of the sets came at 6-3 in the first set. After trailing 22-24, OCU scored three straight, thanks to kills from Hart and Johnson and a block by Breanne Jones, to bring take a 25-24 lead. The Lady Oaks were not able to hold on, however, and dropped the first set 28-26.
Sets two and three were not as close, as the Lady Oaks continually made mistakes. The Tigers scored the last four points of set two to take a 25-18 win. They also scored three points of the third set to win by the score of 25-14.
The Lady Oaks will be back in action on Friday, September 2, when they travel to Louisville, Kentucky, to play in the Spalding University Tournament. OCU will square off against Robert Morris-Springfield at 2:00 PM, followed by a match against Robert Morris-Peoria at 5:00 PM.
Patti Buchta, a member of the Oakland City University Department of Athletics since 1989, has been named the head volleyball coach at Oakland City University.
Buchta led the volleyball program at Oakland City University for twelve seasons, from 1989-2000, tallying more wins than any coach in the program’s history, as her teams posted an overall record of 152-178. In 1997, she led the team to a Mid-East regional championship and a berth in the national tournament, where they finished fifth.
In addition to volleyball, Buchta has been the head softball coach since 1992, assistant men’s basketball coach since 2003, Senior Women’s Athletic Administrator since 1999, NCAA Clearinghouse Coordinator, and Director of Transportation since 1999. She was also the assistant women’s basketball coach from 1990-2001 and head women’s golf coach from 2000-2004.
An indispensable member of the athletic department for more than twenty years, the Oakland City Athletic Department is excited about the prospect of having such an experienced leader take over the team. Buchta replaces Karen Adams, who resigned in December after coaching the Lady Oaks for two seasons (2008-2009).
A life-long resident of Pike County, Buchta resides in Otwell, Indiana.
Brimming with confidence, the 15-10 Lady Oaks women’s volleyball team faced the 3-19 Brescia Lady Bearcats in the Johnson Center Tuesday evening at 7:00.
The first set was close throughout with both teams battling for the lead before the Lady Oaks opened up a 21-16 advantage. Brescia responded by scoring five straight points to cut the lead to one. Emily Prewitt’s ace and Elana Eickholtz's block in the closing points helped push the Oaks to a 25-22 set win.
Set two saw the Lady Oaks open with an 8-4 lead before the Lady Bearcats fought back with their own 4-7 rally prompting Coach Adams to call time out to try to bring the momentum back to her side. The two teams traded points to a 16-16 tie followed by a surge by Oakland City, capped off by the combination block of Eickholtz and Glenna Jolliff, allowing the Oaks to take the set 25-19.
After trailing 11-10 in the third set, the Lady Bearcats took advantage of numerous unforced errors by the Lady Oaks to push the lead to 23-14. Jolliff started a rally with a block but the deficit proved too much to overcome and Brescia took the third set 17-25.
Riding a 13-2 scoring frenzy early in the fourth set, the Lady Oaks were able to close out Brescia 25-17. Carleigh Johnson’s thunderous kill to end the match wrapped up a solid effort by both teams.
Senior Emily Andrews led the way for the Lady Oaks with 18 digs while senior Emily Prewitt tallied 13 digs of her own to go along with a team high 10 kills and 4 aces. Senior Glenna Jolliff had 6 total blocks and freshman Allison Eads led the way with 24 assists.