SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Mistakes proved to be the difference maker in Morningside’s wednesday night women’s volleyball match with Midland. The Warriors, ranked no. 8 in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Poll, took advantage of eight Morningside serve-receive errors to edge past the Mustangs, claiming the three set victory, 25-22, 28-26, and 25-19. The Mustangs are now 8-3 on the season.
Morningside went toe-to-toe with Midland, matching the Warriors in virtually all stat columns. Midland registered three more attack attempts for three more kills. Midland hit for a .343 hitting percentage with 47 assists, while Morningside went for .324 off of 47 assists. Both teams picked up 39 digs and five blocks each.
Offensively, the Mustangs were led by Caitlin Makovicka (JR/Ceresco, NE), with 10 kills, followed by Kaelyn Giefer (SO/Loveland, CO) and Krista Zenk (JR/Le Mars, IA) with nine each. Emma Gerber (SR/Worthington, MN) was 7 for 11 with one error to lead Morningside in hitting percentage at .545. Brittni Olson (SR/Sioux City, IA) was 8 for 15 for a .533 percentage. Sabrina Creason (SO/Shawnee Mission, KS) led the setting corps in assists, with 24.
“Britt’s always been solid for us, but she was really swinging tonight,” remarked coach Beth Donnelly. “She was terminating a lot of balls.”
Defensively, Ashley Boer (JR/Rock Rapids, IA) led the Morningside diggers with 11, followed by Kayla Harris (SO/Dakota City, NE), who had 10. Gerber topped the blocking column with three block assists. Olson and Courtney Baruth (FR/Sioux Falls, S.D.) had two each.
“We need to clean up our side of the net. I think it’s pretty obvious that we can hang with a top-ten team,” analyzed the Mustang skipper. “We consistently do it, but when you’re playing that high level of competition and you have that many unforced errors, it’s not going to end your way.”
Morningside hopes to bounce back from the tough loss Saturday when it visits Doane College in Crete, Neb. The Mustangs square off with the Tigers, with JV starting at 1:30 p.m. and varsity following, scheduled for 3:00 p.m.