FREMONT, Neb. – No. 9-ranked Midland University took advantage of their full repertoire of hitters on Tuesday night as they dispatched Doane University in straight sets (25-11, 25-21, 25-19). With the win the Warriors improve to 18-3 on the season and 10-1 on Great Plains Athletic Conference play. The Tigers fall to 10-13 (3-8 GPAC) on the year.
Senior Jessica Peters took advantage of decent passing by the Warriors to set up the Midland attack. She finished with 31 set assists for kills while five different teammates recorded double-digit attacks. Fellow seniors Priscilla O’Dowd and Jenny Bair tied for the team-high with 8 kills apiece while sophomore Sydney Morehouse finished with 7 kills. The outside hitting pair of Bair and junior Taylor Petersen combined for 13 kills and just 1 error on the night, something that head coach Paul Giesselmann noted after the match.
“I thought offensively we were very efficient tonight,” he said. “If you look at our two outside hitters, they only had one hitting error between the two of them. That is a very efficient night for our outsides. I thought our blocking was pretty solid tonight.”
Midland finished with 7 blocks at the net in the sweep, just shy of their goal of three per set. O’Dowd led the team with 4 block assists while fellow middle Morehouse chipped in 3 assists of her own. Midland has been making strides defensively at the net and now 2.1 per set, fifth best in the GPAC.
O’Dowd is on the verge of moving atop the Midland leaderboard in career kills. She currently has 1,601 kills in her time as a Warrior, just six kills behind former standout and NAIA All-American, KC Heimann (2013-16).
Away from the net the Warriors took care of business defensively as a team. Sophomore libero Jaisa Russell finished with 9 digs to lead the team while Peters was just one behind with 8 balls dug up.
Overall, Coach Giesselmann was happy with the team’s effort and play. “I was really pleased with the team tonight,” he said. “Anytime you can get a sweep in the GPAC, especially against a team like Doane you have to be happy with that. Right now we’ve got to continue to work on being more consistent, particularly in the serving game. We weren’t there tonight but we’ll work on it and get ready for a big match this weekend on the road.”
Midland (18-3, 10-1 GPAC) will travel to Orange City, Iowa on Saturday, October 13 to face No. 12 Northwestern (17-5, 8-2 GPAC). First serve between the Warriors and Red Raiders is set for 3:00 p.m. inside the Bultman Center.