Balanced Attack Leads No. 8 Midland to Four-Set Win at CSM

OMAHA, Neb. – No. 8-ranked Midland University volleyball overcame a poor start to defeat College of Saint Mary in four sets on Thursday night. After dropping the first set to the home squad, the Warriors responded to win 20-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-18 over the Flames. Midland improves 12-2 (4-0 GPAC) while CSM falls to 10-8 (0-4 GPAC).

Midland used a well-balance attack as they contended with a very good blocking team in CSM that netted 14 blocks on the night. Five Warriors had over 20 swings on the attack and all five finished with double-digit kills. Sydney Morehouse paced the team with 15 kills while Taylor Petersen floored 11 balls. Priscilla O’Dowd, Jenny Bair, and Maggie Hiatt each had 10 kills. The Flames had 14 blocks on the night. In comparison, Midland had just seven with Morehouse having a hand on four of them.

Jessica Peters once again meshed the Midland attack. She finished the night with 48 set assists and also dug up 9 balls defensively. Jaisa Russell led the team with 14 digs from her libero position while O’Dowd and Bair both had 9 digs as well.

It was rough at times for the Warriors, during the first set and in parts of the final two sets, but head coach Paul Giesselmann please to come away with the road win.

“I thought we pass really well tonight with put us in system where we were able to run our middles,” Coach Giesselmann said after the match. “I thought that was a big difference tonight. When we were winning the serve and pass game, that allowed us to separate.”

He continued, “I give CSM a lot of credit. They have really improved their program over the last two years. They have some nice players and they are going to be some teams this year. We were really happy to get to road wins in the GPAC this week. Now we’ve got to get ready for the next match.”

Up next for No. 8 Midland (12-2, 4-0) is a matchup with No. 11 Hastings (7-2, 2-0) next week. The Warriors and Broncos will square up on Tuesday night in Fremont. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. between inside Wikert Event Center.