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. Morningsideâ€™s record went to 16-11 overall and 8-6 in the GPAC for fifth place in the loop.
Ten of the Mustangsâ€™ 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 Mustangsâ€™ 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 Mustangsâ€™ 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.