College of the Ozarks Sports Recap

From: C of O Sports Information
College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcat volleyball suffered two losses at home in Saturday’s Tri-Match, falling in five tight sets to Lincoln College (Ill.)and in three to MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.).

The Lady Bobcats came out strong in their first set against the Lincoln Lynx, opening with an 8-2 advantage and maintaining their lead throughout the remainder of the set to capture a 25-19 victory.  Set two saw the Lynx take a 10-3 lead before C of O rallied to tie the score at 10.  The Lady Cats proceeded to build their lead to 20-15, but Lincoln fought back to tie the set at 24 and eventually pull out a 28-26 win over the Cats.  The Lynx posted an 11-6 lead in set three, but a five-point Lady Cat run tied the score at 11.  The two teams battled for the set, but the Lynx picked up another nail-biter victory, 26-24.  C of O rebounded to take set four, 25-18, and held a 10-6 lead in the deciding set before Lincoln clawed back to tie the score at 11.  The Lady Cats responded to take a 15-14 lead but eventually fell 15-17 to lose the match.

Lady Bobcat stat leaders included Ryley Thixton (18 kills), Delanie Gaston (2 service aces), Maggie Plake (5 blocks), Rielly Wallace (51 assists), and Izzy Gibbany (23 digs).  Wallace posted a triple double in the match, adding 10 kills and 13 digs to her 51 assists.  Thixton tallied a double double with 18 kills and 13 digs.

The final match of the day featured the Lady Bobcats against MidAmerica Nazarene, who had just completed a win over Lincoln College.  MidAmerica opened with a 7-2 lead, but the Lady Cats were able to work their way back to within two points at 8-10.  The Cats stayed close until MNU went on a run to take a 21-15 lead, and subsequently the Pioneers closed out the set, 25-18.  Set two found the Lady Cats trailing throughout most of the game.  With MNU leading 20-13, C of O posted a 6-1 run to pull within two, down 19-21.  Despite a valiant effort, the Lady Cats lost the set, 21-25.  In set three, the two teams were tied on three occasions, but MNU took a six-point lead at 17-11. C of O pushed back and found themselves knotting up the score at 21, again at 23, and once again at 24 before MNU put the match away, 26-24.

Lady Cat Ryley Thixton posted her second double double of the day with 10 kills and 12 digs.  Leading the stat categories for C of O were Abi Menzies (11 kills with no errors),  Plake (6 blocks), Wallace (25 assists), and Gibbany (17 digs).

Saturday’s two losses bring the Lady Bobcats’ season record to 13-10.  The team will take a break in action before traveling to play in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy  Tournament the weekend of October 18-19.  C of O will return home to play their final regular season home match on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. against Lyon College.

Cross Country
College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s cross-country teams traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas to compete in the 31st Annual Chile Pepper Festival. The event included almost 100 collegiate teams divided into two divisions.  Additionally, a world championship division and open division brought the total number of runners to approximately 6,500.

The men’s team competed in an 8K event in the small college division.  As a team the Bobcats posted a solid average time of 27:59.9, scoring 590 points, good for 22nd place out of 39 schools.

Bobcats Samuel Baumer and Garrett Pierce placed inside the top 100 of the field of 352.  Baumer finished in 66th place, with a time of 27:09.5, by passing an astonishing 56 competitors between the first-mile and the finish-line.  Pierce ran a 27:34.1, good for 98th place.

Other notable performers included David Byrd and Wesley Moore, both setting personal bests, at 28:04.2 and 28:08.4 respectively.

The Lady Bobcats competed in a 5K event and zoomed their way to a 12th place finish of 41 teams, scoring 449 points, with an average time of 20.14.9.

In a field of 353 runners, three Lady Bobcats placed within the top 100.  Abigayle Money ran a 19:21 to place 39th.  Hannah Duncan finished in 70th place with a time of 19:56.2.  Right on her heels, teammate Janelle Staal came in 77th, with a time of 19:58.9.

Just outside the top 100, Adeline Holder came within 12 seconds of a personal best at 20:43.1, which was good for 135th.

For more complete men’s results, please visit:

For more complete women’s results, please visit:

The Bobcat and Lady Bobcat cross country teams return to action October 12th at the Haskell Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas.



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