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Mon, Nov. 7, 2011

GAME DAY- GPAC Quarterfinals- Midland University vs. Hastings College

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Game Time: The Midland University Warriors will host the Hastings College Broncos in GPAC Quarterfinal action on Tuesday, November 8th. The Warriors received the third seed in this year's GPAC tournament while Hastings has the sixth seed. Game time is set for 7:30p.m. Watch Live by Clicking Here

Earlier this Season: In the first match up between the two teams, Midland lost the match, 3-0 (20-25, 22-25, 15-25). Last Tuesday, Midland hosted the Broncos in regular season action winning the match 3-1 (25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21). The Warriors were led in kills by freshman Ashley Wheeler with 13. Katie Dettmer also recorded ten kills. Megan Farley ended the night with 35 total set assists while having 16 digs. Becca Gradoville had a team high 18 digs. "I'm pleased with the way the team battled back to get a win tonight," said Paul Giesselmann, Midland University volleyball head coach. "We probably beat the most athletic team in the conference tonight. This was just a start to what is a huge week for us."

Last Game: The Warriors are coming off a tough five set match against the Morningside Mustangs. The Warriors dropped the match, 3-2. (25-20, 26-28, 18-25, 28-26, 13-15) Halie Wewel led the Warriors in kills with 15 while Dettmer and Keri Lunz added 14 apiece. Sophomore Becca Gradoville and Senior Kelsey Abels each recorded 20 digs apiece to pace the Warriors. Megan Farley recorded 48 set assists in the match. "This was a championship level match tonight," said Paul Giesselmann, Midland University head volleyball coach. "If a bounce here or there would have went the other way, we could have come home with a trophy. We are excited for the postseason and hope to have good crowd support on Tuesday."

Hastings College is coming off a four game win over Dakota Wesleyan University, 3-1 (25-23, 25-27, 25-19, 25-22). The Broncos were led in kills by Kendra Schwein totaling 19, while Haley Beardsley totaled 47 set assists. Carissa Kinne paced the Broncos with 27digs in the match.

About Midland: Midland University finished the 2010 campaign 13-19 on the season 4-12 in the GPAC. This season, the Warriors have recorded of 20-10 on the season and 10-5 in the GPAC. The Warriors come into the postseason playing good volleyball with a young team. Junior Katie Dettmer leads the Warriors in kills with 305 while freshman Ashley Wheeler is close behind with 302. Wheeler is also leading the team in serve aces with 49 and senior Kelsey Abels has added 42 service aces. Freshman Megan Farley leads the team in set assists with 1,157 averaging 10.33 a set. Defensively, sophomore Becca Gradoville has recorded 480 digs, and senior Halie Wewel has 86 season blocks and now holds the Midland University's assist block recorded at 66.

The Coaches: Paul Giesselmann begins his second season as Head Coach of the Warrior Volleyball program. Giesselmann joined the Warriors in 2010 after coaching at Creighton University since 2003. Giesselmann has coached 11 Academic All-Americans, 12 All-Americans, 21 All-Region players, 33 All-MCAC athletes, three Region of the Year players, five MCAC Player of the Year athletes and has had five players named to the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team. In addition to his teams' success on the court, all seven of Giesselmann's squads at CSM earned American Volleyball Coaches Association National Team Academic Awards, from 1994-2001. He also received the Omaha Sportscasters Recognition Award in 1996 and 2000.

Lyndi Rouzee, Co-Head Coach, was a four-year starting setter and two-year team captain for the Broncos, and she led her team to Nationals in 2006. She was Club Coach for two years at the Heartland Volleyball Club and has coached summer volleyball camps at Hastings College for five years.

Abbie Welliver, Co-Head Coach, was a two-time All American Scholar Athlete when she played for the Broncos. She was the Assistant Volleyball Coach for Grand Island Central Catholic High School and Club Coach for the GI Power15s.

Up Next: With a win, the Warriors would advance to the semifinal round, squaring off against the winner of the Briar Cliff versus Doane match on Thursday, Nov. 10.