ORANGE CITY, Iowa – With a chance to solidify their spot in the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings, No. 9 Midland University came up short on the road falling to No. 12 Northwestern College on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors and Red Raiders now have identical 10-2 records in the GPAC and are two games back of Hastings with four matches left before postseason play.
Northwestern took sets one and two easily with score of 25-17 and 25-16. They lead nearly wire to wire in both and forced Midland to 15 errors and a .070 hitting percentage while hitting .306 with just 8 errors themselves.
The third set saw Midland challenge the home team, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. However the Red Raiders would battle back to tie the set 8-8 and 9-9. Midland held a two point lead late before Northwestern scored four straight to complete the sweep, 25-23.
“We got out coached and out played in every phase of the game and that’s on me,” head coach Paul Giesselmann stated after the tough loss. “Give Northwestern credit. Their serving and passing was simply way better than we were today. We will get back to practice and get better for our next match.”
One bright spot for the Warriors on the day was Priscilla O’Dowd eclipsing the career kills mark. The passed former teammate KC Heimann (1,607) with eight kills on the day and now sits at 1,609.
Maggie Hiatt pace the team with 10 kills while Jessica Peters finished with team-highs in sets assists (30) and digs (6). Midland hit .115 for the match and had 5 total blocks.
Midland (18-4, 10-2 GPAC) will look to rebound on Wednesday night as they travel to Sioux City, Iowa to take on Morningside (12-9, 6-5 GPAC). First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. inside Allee Gymnasium.