Grand Island, Neb. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's volleyball team fell 3-0 here Saturday morning to Oklahoma City on the second day of the Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic at the Heartland Events Center.
The match was the second for the Mariners (0-2) in the tournament as they opened the season Friday afternoon with a 3-0 setback against No. 8 Columbia (Mo.).
Coastal Georgia is scheduled to round out play here with a 5 p.m. matchup against top-ranked and defending national champion Hastings (Neb.) which is also the host school for this weekend's tournament.
Oklahoma City played twice on Friday, falling to both Columbia and Hastings. Like the Mariners, the Stars are also receiving votes for the Top 25 at the start of the season.
Saturday's meeting was the second all-time between the Mariners and Stars who visited the Golden Isles back in 2013 to play in the Mariner Invitational. Coastal Georgia clipped the Oklahoma school in five sets in that earlier meeting.
This time, the Mariners got off to a good start as they led for much of the opening set before the Stars tied the score late and went on to take the first stanza 25-21.
The Stars won the second set by another 25-21 count before closing out the Mariners with a 25-14 victory in the third.
The Mariners finished hitting just .030 over the three sets with single-digit kill totals in all three games. They finished with 23 kills and 20 errors in 101 total attacks.
Ehize Omoghibo was the go-to attacker for the Mariners. She finished with eight kills and seven errors while taking 38 total swings.
Freshman setter Ashley Kott finished with 19 assists.
For the Stars, who had 32 kills against 16 errors in 90 swings for a .178 hitting mark, Marijana Bjelobrik led the team with nine kills in 17 attacks to hit .412 for the match. Sanja Vojnovic notched 25 assists for the Stars in the win.
As a team, Oklahoma City recorded 54 digs with Stefani Nell (16) and Dani Chase (14) leading the defensive effort.
Coastal Georgia had 36 digs with Kot and Laney Green, also a freshman, leading the way with nine and eight, respectively.
The Mariners are competing in the Bill Marshall tournament for the first time. The event is held in conjunction with the Nebraska State Fair and also includes high-school matches.