As he has all season long, Saint Lucia’s Gillan Octave was an instrument of devastation for the Culver-Stockton College men’s volleyball team, as they entered the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Tournament on Friday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. But even the best efforts of their 6’4″ outside hitter could not save the Wildcats.
CSC had split its season series with the Missouri Valley College Vikings, each team winning in five sets. In the HAAC quarterfinals, they took it to four sets.
The Wildcats captured the first set 25-21 before falling in the remaining three sets 25-23, 25-16, 26-24. CSC ends the season with a 10-18 overall record. The second set in particular was an instant classic, featuring 21 ties and nine lead changes before Missouri Valley slipped away for the two-point win.
The second sapped the Wildcats, who never recovered in the remaining, and led just once in the third and fourth sets.
Octave paced the Wildcat attack with 16 kills and a .371 hitting percentage on 35 swings. Turning 25 in November, and former captain of the Saint Lucia national junior team, he has 323 of the Wildcats’ 1263 kills for the season, and is nearly 100 ahead of his nearest teammate.