FREMONT, Neb. – Playing at home for the first time in nearly two weeks, the No. 9-ranked Midland University came away with a sweep of Briar Cliff University on Saturday inside Wikert Event Center. The Warriors played with the lead most of the match and despite being challenged late in the third set, earned their 17th win of the season and improved to 9-1 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play. The Chargers drop to 10-9 overall and 4-6 in the GPAC.
Midland outhit the Chargers .204 to .069 on the match as they floored 41 kills compared to just 25 by BCU. Taylor Petersen led the way with 11 kills for the Warriors while both Maggie Hiatt and Priscilla O’Dowd were close behind with 9 floored balls each. Jessica Peters coordinated the attack with 32 set assists on the match.
Defensively the Warriors were solid all around. At the net Midland had nine total blocks with O’Dowd taking part of six of those stops. Jaisa Russell dug up 12 balls on the afternoon to lead the team while Jenny Bair played a role on the net and off with seven digs and a solo block.
“We didn’t play a very clean match today but we were still able to come away with a conference sweep,” head coach Paul Giesselmann stated. “I thought our blocking was solid today and we held them to .069 hitting. We need to continue working on playing more consistent.”
Up next for Midland (17-3, 9-1 GPAC) is a home match with Doane (10-12, 3-7 GPAC) on Tuesday, October 9th. Earlier this season the Warriors defeated the Tigers in five sets on the road. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska.