Stars hand Muñoz first win as head coach

OCU Sports
Josh Ellis, Assistant Sports Information Director

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Oklahoma City University handed Jason Muñoz his first career victory as a head coach with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 win over Coastal Georgia on Saturday morning in the Bill Marshall Classic at the Heartland Events Center.

Marijana Bjelobrk, a sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia, topped OCU with nine kills. The Stars improved to 1-2 in volleyball this season.

Oklahoma City’s Sanja Vojnovic, a senior from Bajeljena, Bosnia, accumulated 25 assists, seven digs, three kills and three aces, and Holly Randall, a senior from Edmond, Okla., chipped in seven kills and three blocks.

Stefani Nell, a senior from Tulsa, Okla., provided the Stars with six kills and 16 digs, while Dani Chase, a senior from Yukon, Okla., scooped up 14 digs.

Muñoz took over as OCU coach Feb. 2 after eight years as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Baptist.

In the first set, the Stars erased a 19-18 deficit with three consecutive points. Lacy Beeler nailed a kill to tie the set 19-19, then Randall smacked a kill to give OCU the lead. Lindsey Grace dropped in an ace for a 21-19 OCU edge. Nell hammered a kill to wrap up the set for the Stars.

Randall supplied a kill that gave OCU set point in the second set.

In the third set, Beeler’s kill put the Stars on top 10-4. Bjelobrk crushed a kill that capped a 4-0 OCU run and put the Stars ahead 22-11. Randall pounded a kill that gave the Stars match point, 24-14.

Oklahoma City meets Midland (Neb.), ranked fourth in the NAIA, at 11 a.m. Sept. 1 in the Bellevue Labor Day Classic in Bellevue, Neb.