FREMONT, Neb. – It was far from their most dominant effort of the season, but the top-ranked Lady Warriors found a way on Wednesday night at the Wikert Event Center to remain undefeated.
No. 1 Midland University dispatched of No. 20 Doane University to improve to 13-0.
“We did so many little things wrong tonight, and those things can really add up and bite you,” said head coach Paul Giesselmann. “Doane is a very talented team and I give them a lot of credit for making us work to earn this win. The one thing that remains constant with our team though, is our ability to remain mentally tough. Despite all the facets of the game we played poorly in, our girls never checked out mentally.”
Midland won by sets scores of 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16.
The Warriors trailed 21-17 late in the first set before going on a six-point run to claim a 23-21 edge. Doane answered quickly and tied the game at 23-23 before committing a service error for a Midland side out. KC Heimann floored the game-winning kill to cap the Warrior rally.
The Tigers looked to even the match with a 9-6 lead early in the second set before Heimann led another Midland charge. The senior downed four kills during a six-point spurt that gave MU a 12-9 lead it would not relinquish.
Despite winning the set, Midland was held to a .186 hitting percentage and committing six attacking errors. The Warriors also had four service errors in the game.
The miscues finally caught up to the home team as Doane stole the third set to avoid the sweep. Midland outhit the Tigers in the game, but committed seven more service errors. The Warriors led 20-17 in the third set before Doane rallied for the win.
Midland surged out to a 12-5 lead in the fourth set after a kill by Heimann as the senior and teammate Priscilla O’Dowd took over in the final game. The Warrior lead never shrunk to less than six points and Midland closed out the match victory.
Jenny Bair was the lone bright spot for Midland at the service line, recording five aces, while the Warriors combined for 18 service errors in the match.
Midland improves to 3-0 in conference play. The Warriors are now 10-0 against teams ranked or receiving votes. Doane falls to 11-4 (1-2 GPAC).
The Warriors continue GPAC action on Saturday against (RV) Briar Cliff University. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Wikert Event Center.