PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. – No. 11-ranked Midland University volleyball picked up a pair of sweeps on day one of the SXU/TCC Crossover Tournament on Friday. They defeated Roosevelt University (25-22, 25-10, 25-14) in the afternoon and then turned right back around and swept Judson University as well (25-10, 25-20, 25-14). The Lady Warriors improve their record to 4-1 now on the season.
In the first match of the day Midland looked a little sluggish in the opening set. They were in a dog-fight with the Lakers. After getting out to a narrow lead, they let their opponent back into the set multiple times. The two teams were tied ten different times in the set before Midland broke free from a 22-22 tie to take the opening set.
They never looked back as they imposed their will the next set, winning 25-10 and then completed the sweep with a 25-14 score.
As a team the Warriors hit .259 in the match with 32 kills. Individually Priscilla O’Dowd and Taylor Petersen led the attack with eight kills each. At the service line Midland was strong for the second straight match. Kaitlynn Simon had six aces in the sweep including one to start the first set and a pair to begin the second.
Jessica Peters coordinated the attack with 27 assists and played a big role in the defensive game as well with a team-high seven digs.
Against Judson, the Warriors continued their hot play that they found at the end of their first match. They were very efficient in the opening set, hitting at a .536 mark with 17 kills and just a pair of errors. The score reflected the effort as they won the opener 25-10.
The hitting continued on the second and third sets as they completed their second sweep of the day and third straight. Midland won the final two sets, 25-20 and 25-14.
Peters was superb all over the court once again. As the setter, she finished with an even 30 assists and then added a team-high 15 digs on defense.
Brooke Fredrickson was on the receiving end of a lot of those sets as she had a team-high 21 swings which resulted in a team-high 11 kills. O’Dowd was one behind her with 10 of her own to read double digits.
“Even though we got the sweep in the first match, I think the team was very disappointed in how they played,” commented head coach Paul Giesselmann. “However, I liked how they regrouped and played in the second match. Our serve was good again and our passing was much improved from earlier in the week.”
It’ll be a quick turnaround for Midland (4-1) as they hit the court Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. They’ll face host-school (RV) Trinity Christian College (2-0), a team that reached Sioux City, Iowa and the NAIA National Championship a year ago.