All Good Things Must Come To An End Reddies Fall to Harding in The GAC Volleyball Championship

By Cortez Akins, Sports Editor

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The Henderson
State Reddies went
to Hot Springs as the
3-seed and with the
second-best record
of any Henderson
State Volleyball
team in the last
17 seasons. The
team, led by Senior,
Zuzana Ondruska
and Junior, Courtney
Bolf, started the
Great American
Conference
tournament the
against Oklahoma
Baptist Bison. The
Reddies Handled
business, winning
in three straight sets
and clinched their
first post season win
since 2007. Following
this win Bolf became
just the fifth player
in Reddie history
to record 1000 digs
and 1000 kills in a
career. Their next
opponent would be
the Southwestern
Oklahoma State
Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs
came into the
matchup as the
number 2 seed, and
with a berth to the
GAC championship
on the line. The
Reddies in a tightly
contested bout the
Reddies would go
on to win the first
set 25-22, before
dropping the next
set 28-26. Following
the loss in the second
set the Reddies
would go on to win
the next two sets
and take the match
3-1. This would be
Henderson’s first
win over SWOSU
after previously
being 0-9 against
the Bulldogs.
With this win the
Reddies notched
their 28th win tying
the 2001 team for
the most wins in
Reddie history.
Also, this would
be the Reddies first
time going to a
championship match
since the 2001 team.
The Reddies
would have to take
on the Harding
University Bison,
whom the Reddies
lost to twice during
the regular season.
This would be
Harding’s fifth
GAC championship
appearance since
2012. With a win
over the Bison,
Henderson would
advance to the
NCAA tournament
for the first time
since the historic
2001 team, who
got a win in the
tournament before
losing to Truman
State. The Reddies
started the final
game of the
tournament with a
win in the first set.
They came out fiery
in the second set,
jumping out to a 9-3
lead, but Harding’s
experience would
come through as they
rallied and won the
set 25-19. Henderson
would go on to lose
the next two sets and
ultimately the match
3-1.
This season
proved historic for
the Reddies and
coach Phil McDaniel,
who is in his second
year at Henderson
state. The teams
record drastically
improved their
record in the second
season. Last year’s
team went 14-15 and
finished ninth in the
GAC, this year’s
team accomplished
28 wins and were
tied for second in
the conference.The
culture is being set
for the volleyball
team and after this
season all signs are
pointing up for the
program.

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All Good Things Must Come To An End Reddies Fall to Harding in The GAC Volleyball Championship