|Morningside (Iowa) (7-7 (0-2 GPAC))||21||15||22||0||0|
|Midland (Neb.) (9-3 (2-0 GPAC))||25||25||25||0||3|
|Morningside (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Midland (Neb.)|
|#12 Emma Gerber - 10||Kills||#13 O'Dowd, Priscilla - 12|
|4 Players - 1||Blocks||2 Players (#13,#19) - 3|
|#2 Nikki Oberfoell - 16||Digs||#3 Nekl, Jessica - 24|
|2 Players (#4,#2) - 1||Aces||#3 Nekl, Jessica - 4|
|Morningside (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Midland (Neb.)|
FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University's volleyball team won a match between NAIA Top 25 teams on Tuesday night. The Lady Warriors swept the Mustangs (25-21, 25-15, 25-22) for their ninth consecutive victory. They are now 9-3 overall and 2-0 in GPAC play.
Set one between the two GPAC schools lived up to its Top 25 billing as neither team could get much of a run going. There were 13 ties in the set. With Morningside taking an 18-17 lead late in the set Midland coach Paul Giesselmann called a timeout to regroup and focus the team. They did just that tying the game up at 18 apiece. Midland rattled off five straight points as Morningside burned their final timeout with MU up 22-18.
The Mustangs pulled back within two before a kill by Sydney Morehouse followed by a setting error on the Mustangs set Midland up with set point.
Midland was unable to cap of the set on a high point as a service error gave Morningside a bit of life before Morehouse buried those hopes with a kill to secure the 1-0 lead.
The second set saw the Warriors let up a little as the Mustangs trotted out to a 5-1 forcing an early timeout. Whatever was said in the huddle worked as Midland broke from it focused on playing sound volleyball.
Midland would go on to win 25-15 and head into the locker room with a 2-0 lead.
Set three saw Midland with the upper hand early. With Jessica Nekl serving the Warriors sprinted out to an 8-0 lead. Nekl had a pair of aces in that stretch and finished with four on the night.
Even with the 2-0 set deficit and the eight point hole in set three Morningside showed why they are ranked in the latest coaches' poll. They battled back to not only tie the match at 13 all but took a 16-15 lead. Midland would take the set and finish the sweep though 25-22.
On the night the Mustangs just couldn't find another horse to go along with Emma Gerber, who led the team with 10 kills and hit .240. As a team Morningside was held to a season low .097 hitting percentage.
The stat of the night though was Jessica Nekl's 24 digs out of Midland's 57 for the three set match.
"We are really happy with a sweep of a top 25 team," said coach Giesselmann after the match. "This is game that is really going to help us at the end of the season when we're looking for an at-large bid for nationals."
"We did a lot of good things tonight however…I was disappointed with how we closed out game three after getting up big. I feel like we continue to be inconsistent at times and that is something we will need to continue to work on at practice. Overall though we are happy with a win over a quality opponent."
Midland will be back in action this Saturday at home as part of 2017 Homecoming & Family Weekend. The Warriors will host Dakota Wesleyan who is currently 11-4, 1-0 GPAC with two matches between now and then. First serve is set for 3:00 p.m. at the Wikert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska.