FREMONT, Neb. – After honoring their seven seniors before the match, Midland University made quick work of College of Saint Mary, winning in straight sets (25-16, 25-17, 25-13). The Warriors earned their 20th victory of the season and are currently in second-place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a 12-2 record. CSM falls to 13-16 (3-11 GPAC) on the season.
The Warriors fell behind early in the first set, down 4-1 to the Flames, but focused in and scored the next seven points to take a lead. They controlled the match from there on winning the opening set 25-16 followed by a 25-17 win in set two and 25-13 in the third to complete the sweep.
“I thought we got off to a bit of a slow start in game one but I really like how the players picked things up,” head coach Paul Giesselmann stated after the match. “Our serving was as good as it has been at any point this year. That was a big difference in the game. We dominated the serve and pass tonight and put a lot of pressure on their offense.”
Taylor Petersen had an excellent night at the net as she paced the Warriors with nine kills, against no errors, while hitting .500. She had one solo block and four block assists as well. Priscilla O’Dowd and Maggie Hiatt were right behind her with eight kills each. O’Dowd added six block assists while Hiatt was a part of one stop of the Flames’ attack.
As a team Midland had eight total blocks and forced CSM into 26 attacking errors on the night. Midland hit .255 while the Flames were held to a -.010 percentage.
“Now it’s just a matter of continuing to get better and get ready for the next match,” Coach Giesselmann added. “With only two left, seeding in on the line and it all matters now.”
Midland (20-4, 12-2 GPAC) will host Concordia (14-10, 4-10 GPAC) on Saturday, October 27 in Fremont. First serve for between the Warriors and Bulldogs is set for 3:30 p.m. inside Wikert Event Center.