McPherson volleyball now has just one match left in the 2013 regular season with one more chance to boast a .500 record after their 3-0 loss to Ottawa University on Friday.
Mac came out strong to start the match, going up 10-4 and forcing a quick timeout by the Braves.
OU responded to their coach's message with a 10-4 run of their own, tying things at 14 apiece. A back-and-forth battle ensued with Ottawa hitting 20 first at 20-16 but a 7-3 charge by MC tied it again, this time at 23.
The Lady Braves would win three of the next four for the 26-24 win.
Set two was a tight contest from the start but a 9-3 push late by OU gave them a 20-13 advantage.
McPherson closed the gap but it was too little, too late as they lost 25-19.
The final game of the match seemed to be an exact opposite of the first as Ottawa took a commanding lead early.
But MC was resilient and tightened it back up, pulling within a point midway through the set.
The Braves however used their quickness to win the game and match after another 25-19 victory.
McPherson's Cortlyne Huppe won the killer of the match award for the Lady Bulldogs as she tallied 11 kills on 26 attempts. She also had one block assist.
Sophomore Sophie Simon totaled a second best six kills with zero errors.
Rachel Phillips led the way in assists with 31 and also had three kills and one assisted block in the match.
Freshmen Taylor Johnson and Emily Warner both hit double figures in digs recording 11 and 14, respectively.
Johnson, Phillips and Jacelle Neill all recorded service aces for the Bulldogs.
Nicole Gingery led the Braves offensive attack with 15 kills. Gingery also had two aces for the game.
Taylor Bridge and Sandra Foster both had 10 kills each.
Haley Thompson recorded 16 digs for Ottawa, while Christa Hill had 21 assists. Lindsey Widen added 19 for the Braves.
In the regular season finale, the 'Dogs take on the University of Saint Mary today at 12:00 p.m.