Needing a major upset Tuesday to keep its season alive, the University of Saint Mary volleyball team traveled to Ottawa University.
The Lady Braves were awarded the No. 1 seed in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament after going 18-0 in the regular season. Thus, Saint Mary, who finished 5-13 in the KCAC and 10-24 overall, had a chance to do something that no else in the conference had done in 2012 — beat Ottawa.
Unfortunately for the No. 8 seeded Lady Spires, an upset was not in the cards as USM fell 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 to the host Lady Braves.
"We made too many mistakes," USM coach Sarah Johnson said. "We just broke down fundamentally. But I am proud of this group of girls. They have grown as individuals and as a team, and regardless of what was going on around them, they never gave up."
The straight set defeat for Saint Mary simply came down to offensive execution. Where Ottawa racked up 45 total kills and 41 assists, USM had just 19 and 17. The Lady Braves also tallied 22 total blocks while the visitors amassed five total.
Saint Mary ended the 2012 season 10-25.