Coming into this game, Gigi Garra- mone was named Great American Con- ference player of the week for the second time this season, and the Reddies were on a 14 game winning streak. The streak ended Monday as the Henderson State Red- dies fell to the Hard- ing Bison 3-1.
To begin the first set the Bison started off with a 2-0 lead. The Reddies did not back down however and came back to tie the game at two. A score by Adrianna Hart- mann gave Hender- son the first lead of the game, and the Reddies went on a run, fol- lowed by a kill from Courtney Bolf and an ace from Zuzana On- druskova raising Hen- derson a seven-point lead at 12-5. The Red- dies continued their onslaught, and after another score from Hartmann and Bolf, Harding called a time- out to regroup with the score being 17-5. After their timeout, Harding came out and scored two consecutive points before serving into the net and giving the Reddies another point. The first set ended after a series of incredible vol- ley’s by both teams and Hartmann closed it out with a kill to give the Red- dies the first set.
The second set was different for both teams. The game started with Harding leading 4-1 before the Red- dies went on a run of their own and tied the game at five. The Bi- son then put their foot on the gas and went on a 7-2 run. With the score being 12-7 the Bison didn’t look back and later increased their lead to 10 mak- ing the score 23-13. Henderson was not able to overcome such a large lead and Hard- ing would win set two 25- 14.
With the match tied 1-1 set three win- ning set three was criti- cal for both teams. The third set was close, with both sides fight- ing for control of the match. The set was tied at four before the Reddies scored four in a row pushing the score to 10-6, tying the score at 14. Ondrus- kova gave Henderson a one-point lead, but the Bison fired back and went on a 7-1 run to win the set 25-20
Set four started with both teams match each score for one of their own. After being tied 7-7, Harding took the lead 14-11 before Henderson, fighting to defend their streak and stay undefeated in conference, responded with a 6-0 run of their own. However, the Bison fought back and reclaimed their lead and inevitably the set, 25-20.
“I loved the way we came out in the first set; we battled,” Coach McDaniel said. “We didn’t account for them punching back. I liked the way we served the ball and the way that we attacked the ball in the middle, but overall we didn’t have enough to fight back.”
The Reddies may have lost but they still have a lot in front of them, they are second in conference at 4-1, behind Harding, and 15-3 overall.
“The great thing about the streak ending is that we get to start a new one,” Coach McDaniel said. “We hold on to the wins and losses through the night and then in the morning we move on to the next one.”
After their loss, the Reddies looked to get back to their winning ways but they would have to get past Oklahoma Baptist University Bison, who came into the week tied with Henderson in the GAC with an in-conference record of 4-1. To start set 1 Henderson scored first but Oklahoma Baptist soon jumped to an 8-2 lead which led to a timeout. After the timeout the Reddies began to close the deficit and bring the set within three at 10-7. Courtney Bolf led the charge and scored a kill. The Bison kept Henderson at bay however, and won by a score of 25-16.
The second set was close but Henderson found a way to win. The score was tight most of the way through the set. The score was 4-4, then later 17-17. Henderson pulled away and went on a 8-2 run to win 25-19. In set third set OKBU jumped out to a 6-5 lead before henderson started to take control. With the score being 10-8, Henderson began to pull away. Henderson went on to win 25-22. Henderson went on to win set 4 and win the match 3-1.
HSU handled business against- Southern Nazarene on Saturday, Septem- ber 29th winning in three straight sets to push their record to 6-1 in conference and 17-3 overall.
Following the teams success this weekend, Adrianna Hartmann was named GAC Player of the Week.