FREMONT, Neb. – Things never quite got going for Midland University as they looked to complete the regular season sweep of Morningside College. The Mustangs took advantage of the Warriors’ slow starts to begin each set as they won the five set match (25-22, 26-28, 25-21, 23-25, 15-5). With the win Morningside improves to 3-3 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play while Midland falls to 5-1 in the conference.
“This was very disappointing loss for our program today. From the very beginning we were just out of sync,” commented head coach Paul Giesselmann. “The part that is disappointing for me as a coach is, I really thought we had two great days for practice in preparation. But for whatever reason we did not play well today.”
After falling behind in the opening set Midland battled their way even several times but couldn’t overcome the deficit as the Mustangs won by three. They outhit the Warriors .216 to .122 in the set with 13 kills and just 5 errors. Midland matched the 13 kills but had 8 errors.
The second set once again saw the home team battling their way from behind. After a pair of 3-0 runs by the Mustangs to go up 11-8, Midland was able to even the score at 12 and six more times before winning the set 28-26.
Once again the Warriors were outhit in the set (.196 to .167) as they amassed 7 errors to go with another 13 kills. Morningside had 18 kills and 9 errors.
After the extended set break the Warriors looked like they forgot to come out of the locker room. They fell behind 7-2 and then 14-8, each resulting in a timeout from the Midland bench. Morningside would cruise to the 25-21 win to take the lead in the match.
In the fourth the Warriors had another rough stretch to begin as they surrendered a 6-3 by committing five mistakes of their own to fall behind 8-6. They would regroup though and play even with the Mustangs the rest of the way up to 22-22. Three errors by Morningside later the Warriors evened the match.
That would be the last bright spot of the day for the Warriors though as Morningside blitzed them to a tune of 15-5 to win the set and match.
“We’ve got to get this team better at playing well start to finish,” added Coach Giesselmann. “I did like how in game two we battled back to tie [the match] up and then I thought we showed some toughness at the end of game four to force it to a fifth set. We can’t get down big to quality team like Morningside and then expect that we’ll always be able to comeback. We’ll go back to the drawing board and work on making improvements. Then we’ll get back in the gym on Monday as we get ready for a tough road GPAC match.”
Midland (13-4, 5-1 GPAC) will travel to take on Doane (11-7, 2-3 GPAC) midweek. The Warriors and Tigers will serve it up a 7:30 p.m. in Crete, Nebraska on Wednesday.