FREMONT, Neb. – In front of one of the largest crowd’s in school history, No. 11 Midland University volleyball swept Peru State College in their home opener (25-17, 25-15, 25-18). The Warriors improved their record to 3-1 in the first week of play while the Bobcats dropped their 2018 season opener. The crowd, which was officially announced as 2,123 breaks a two-year old record set during the 2016 season.
“I love our crowd and atmosphere tonight,” head coach Paul Giesselmann stated after the match. “Our students and the fans in the Fremont area really came out and supported out team. It’s always fun for our players to play in front of that type of crowd.”
Jessica Peters coordinated the attack that featured the duo of Priscilla O’Dowd and Maggie Hiatt. Peters had 21 set assists while O’Dowd finished with eight kills, five of which came in the first set, and Hiatt led the charge with a team-high of 10 for the match.
Defensively the Warriors had 31 digs on the night and added 8.0 blocks. Brooke Fredrickson had six digs to lead the team with teammates Mackenzie Wecker and Peters each getting five each. Taylor Peterson and Sydney Morehouse were the high block earners with each getting in on four block assists. O’Dowd was right behind them with three.
“I thought we did a nice job tonight with our serving game. We had a several rotations where I thought our players served aggressive and kind of got Peru State out of system. Once again we had too many errors. We’ve got to clean some little things up. It was great to get the win in our home opener though.”
Freshman Katilynn Simon was clutch early on from the service line as she rattled off three straight aces in the first set alone. She finished with four on the night as Midland set a new season-high mark of nine service aces as a team in the sweep. In 2017 the Warriors only reached nine or more aces in three matches.
Midland (3-1) improves to a perfect 9-0 in their home openers under Coach Giesselmann. They’ll hit the road this weekend as they travel Chicago, Illinois for the SXU/TCC Crossover Tournament. The Warriors open up with matches on Friday against Roosevelt and Judson before a showdown with host-school (RV) Trinity Christian on Saturday morning.