OMAHA, Neb. – Playing away from their home gym for the first time in conference play, Midland University looked flat out of the gates at College of Saint Mary on Tuesday night. The Flames came out with more energy to start the match and took the opening set. The Warriors would regroup during the second set to win their Great Plains Athletic Conference road-opener in four.
CSM took game one by a score of 27-25 over Midland. The two teams went back and forth in a set that featured 14 ties and six lead changes. The Warriors had 12 errors in the set.
In the second set Midland looked like the No. 9-ranked team in the NAIA as they found their rhythm for the 25-11 win to tie the match up. In that set the Warriors hit .346 while limiting CSM to -.133.
After the set break both teams appeared regrouped and ready for another battle and they did just that as Midland edged CSM by two, 25-23.
With a 2-1 lead in the match, Midland made sure it didn’t go any further than four. They raced out a 6-0 lead and never looked back as they led start to finish for a 25-19 win to secure the match.
“Any time you can go on the road and get a win in the GPAC is great,” stated coach Giesselmann. “The girls lacked the energy to start the set but had enough composure to earn the road win.”
Earlier in the NAIA released the latest Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and Midland remained at No. 9 in the country. With the ranking the Warriors have now been ranked for 50 consecutive polls dating back to August 20, 2013 Coaches’ Preseason Poll in which they were ranked No. 13. They have the second-longest active streak in the NAIA.
Midland (11-3, 4-0) will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Sioux City, Iowa to take on Briar Cliff (11-1, 2-1). First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.