FREMONT, Neb. – Playing their third match in five days against some of the best teams in the conference caught up to Midland University on Saturday afternoon as they dropped a three-set match against No. 10-ranked Dordt College. The Warriors fell to the Defenders (25-20, 25-22, 25-22). Midland falls to second play in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a 6-1, 14-3 overall record while Dordt moves to the top with a 6-0 conference mark and 12-2 overall record.
Midland had to battle back from early deficits each set as the Defenders came out swinging. The visitors finished with 41 kills and just 17 errors for a .211 attack percentage while the Warriors hit .147 percent with 37 kills and 20 errors.
Jenny Bair was the lone Warrior to reach double-digit kills with 10 while Jessica Peters had a double-double with 28 set assists and 12 digs. Jaisa Russell also dug up 11 balls from the back row.
“I think the players and us as coaches were disappointed in how we played today as a team,” head coach Paul Giesselmann commented afterwards. “When we’re playing at a high level, we’re very good. The thing we have figure out as coaches is how to get us to play at that level more consistently because that was the difference today. I thought Dordt played very well. They played a clean match. We just weren’t able match them and that was the difference. I thought our blocking was very good today. We did what we needed to do at the net blocking wise. We’ve just got to learn how to play at a higher level more consistently whit our serving, passing and defense.”
“It was tough week, both mentally and physically, on the team with three top-level opponents. It’s always disappointing to lose of course, but to come out of this week 2-1 was good. We certainly are going to learn from this loss against last year’s national runner-up. We’ll get better as we keep going forward.”
Midland (14-3, 6-1 GPAC) will get a little time off before their next match at Dakota Wesleyan (11-6, 1-5 GPAC). The two teams will meet up on Friday, September 28 in Mitchell, South Dakota. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. at Christen Athletic Center.