Morningside went 1-1 in Friday’s first day of action at the two-day Bellevue Premier Labor Day Classic volleyball tournament in Omaha, Neb.
The Mustangs opened the day with a 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 25-20 victory against Evangel before they suffered a 15-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 setback against 14th-ranked Montana Tech.
The split put the Mustangs’ record at 6-4 going into Saturday’s matches against Missouri Valley and No. 20 Bellevue.
Jayde Bergmann paced the Mustangs’ attack in the win against Evangel with 14 kills to match the Crusaders’ Oliva Johnson for match honors. Bergmann had only four errors in 32 attack attempts to finish with a .312 hitting percentage, while Johnston was victimized by a solid Morningside blocking effort and had 10 errors and just a .082 hitting percentage.
Emma Gerber and Jenn Buyert each added 11 kills to the Mustangs’ attack and Brittni Olson just missed double figures with eight kills.
Nikki Oberfoell came up with a match and season’s high 30 digs. Mustang setter Callie Alberico was next with 14 digs to compliment a 31-assist performance and freshman Merrin Van Velzen added 10 digs for the first double figure performance of her Morningside career.
Kylee Chavez dealt 16 assists and Bryanna Pulling led all performers with two ace serves.
Morningside’s blocking effort helped limit Evangel to just a .083 hitting percentage. Olson led the Mustangs’ blocking effort with two solo blocks and four block assists.
The Mustangs came out strong against nationally ranked Montana Tech with an impressive .375 hitting percentage en route to a convincing 25-15 opening set triumph. Morningside attacked at a .033 clip over the last three sets to finish with a .105 hitting efficiency for the match.
Bergmann led the Mustangs with nine kills against Montana Tech, followed by Buyert and Olson, each with seven kills, and Gerber and Krista Zenk, each with six.
Alberico dealt 28 assists to go along with 11 digs.
Oberfoell led the Mustangs with 13 digs. Morgan Gourley was close to double figures with eight digs.
Olson led the Mustangs’ blocking effort with one solo block and five block assists. Bergmann also had five block assists.