The Sugar Bears fall Saturday in Oregon State and Alabama

HOUSTON – Yesterday’s 3-0 loss to Houston got the Sugar Bears off to a fast start Saturday against two very solid opponents.

The game against Oregon State on Saturday morning went much like the game against Houston the morning before. The Sugar Bears fought hard in the first set, but a late surge from the Beavers put him out of reach as they scored six of the final nine points in the final set to put him in the win column for the USO. The start of Game 2 was a disaster for the Sugar Bears. They found themselves in a 10-5 hole early on. UCA never gave up and fought their way to an 18-17 lead late, forcing an Oregon State timeout. The Beavers came out of the timeout prepared, however, as they beat UCA 8-3 to end the set and take a 2-0 lead in the game. Game 3 was kicked off in scorching fashion by Oregon State as it was 8-2 before a Jamiryana Room kill to make it a little closer. However, Oregon State never gave in and they sprinted to the finish, winning the third set 25-16.

This match was the first action of the season for Anna Myers, a junior who started 14 games last year. Myers threw a block and 3 assists in the contest. Jamiryana Room led the Sugar Bears with 7 wins in Saturday morning action.

Facing the SEC-native Alabama Crimson Tide was the perfect opportunity for the Sugar Bears to prove where they were as a team early on. For the third straight time this weekend, the Sugar Bears lost the first set. A quick start is really what the Sugar Bears needed and the tide turned them down, forcing UCA on a hike in search of a win. The Sugar Bears, however, fought back and after an early run from Alabama, truly dominated the second set for the first time all weekend. A 25-16 set win was truly a breath of fresh air for UCA, but Alabama didn’t back down winning the third set 25-17 and the fourth and final set by a score of 25- 21.

Jamiryana Room had 11 eliminations and stacked several good games in a row, which is important for the Sugar Bears, since Hall is only a sophomore. Mackenzie Vernon and Kendall Haywood added 8 and 6 kills respectively. Caylan Koon continues to have a strong performance in 2022, as she added 29 eliminations.

The Sugar Bears will return home and host Louisiana Monroe, Southern Illinois and Louisiana Tech at the Prince Center this weekend, September 9e– tene.

Rachel J. Bradford