PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. – No. 11 Midland University volleyball capped off a three-win weekend with a four-set victory over (RV) Trinity Christian College on Saturday at the SXU/TCC Crossover Tournament. The Lady Warriors improve to 6-1 on the season and have now won four straight matches.
Midland was challenged early on by Trinity Christian as the host-school came back from being down 9-3 early in set one to get back to within one at 18-17. The Warriors responded with a 7-3 run to close out the set for the 25-20 win, thanks in large part to solid defense and errors by the Trolls.
Set two was a back and forth affair as neither team could pull away from the other. There were five ties and three lead changes as Trinity Christian pulled away after a 13-13 tie to eve the match with a 25-21 win. Midland hit just .071, their lowest in the match, while Trinity Christian had their best hitting set with a .222 attack percentage.
In the third, Midland came out firing and cruised to a 25-13 win. They rattled off six straight points early on with Priscilla O’Dowd at the service line to take a 13-3 lead and never looked back. O’Dowd had a pair of aces in that stretch and added four kills from the net as well.
The fourth set was similar to the second with neither team building much of a lead. However this time around Midland was able to break free from a 10-10 tie on their way to a 25-20 win to clinch the four-set match victory. Maggie Hiatt had seven kills in the set to lead the attack.
Three Warriors finished with double-digit digs as Jaisa Russell had a team-high 14 followed Jessica Peters with 13 and O’Dowd with 12. Peters coordinated the Midland attack, which hit for .247 on the match, with 44 set assists.
O’Dowd led the team with 16 kills on the day. She was joined by Hiatt (15) and Jenny Bair (11) in double figures.
“We played much better today against a very good team that qualified for the national tournament last year,” commented head coach Paul Giesselmann. “We still need to work on playing a lot more consistent, but it was a good 3-0 weekend for the team.”
Midland (6-1) will return home for a Thursday night match with Carroll College (3-4). First serve between the Warriors and Fighting Saints is set for 7:00 p.m. inside Wikert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska.