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Morningside drops home match against Northwestern | KTIC Radio

Morningside drops home match against Northwestern

Morningside drops home match against Northwestern

Third-ranked Northwestern turned back No. 20 Morningside 27-25, 25-18, 25-23 in a GPAC volleyball matchup of nationally ranked teams on Wednesday in Sioux City.

The Red Raiders won their sixth match in a row to improve their record to 26-2, including a 13-1 mark in the GPAC to remain in a tie with fifth-ranked and reigning NAIA National Champion Hastings atop the league standings. Morningside’s record went to 16-11 overall and 8-6 in the GPAC for fifth place in the loop.

Ten of the Mustangs’ 11 setbacks this season are against nationally ranked teams.

Senior libero Nikki Oberfoell dug up 16 Red Raider attacks to go over the 1000-dig mark for her Morningside career. Oberfoell, who joined the Mustangs for her junior season as a transfer from Iowa Central Community College, has amassed 1012 digs in less than two seasons with the Mustangs.

Mustang senior defensive specialist Morgan Gourley almost achieved the 1000-dig milestone as well. Gourley had nine digs to put her career total at 999.

Krista Zenk led the Mustangs’ attack with 10 kills and a .212 hitting percentage for her sixth double figure kill total of the season. Emma Gerber was next with five kills.

The Mustangs’ other leaders were Callie Alberico with 21 assists and Merrin Van Velzen with two ace serves.

Morningside will play its regular season home finale on Saturday with a 5 p.m. contest against College of Saint Mary.

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