CRETE, Neb. – For the second straight match Midland University was pushed to five sets and unfortunately just like the last time on the court the Warriors came up just short. In a highly contested Great Plains Athletic Conference match, Doane University came away with the victory on their home floor (23-25, 27-25, 25-19,18-25, 15-10). The win breaks an eight match Midland winning streak over the Tigers and evens the season series.
“This was a tough loss. You have to give Doane credit, they played at a high level,” said head coach Paul Giesselmann after the match. “Consistency is our problem right now. When we’re playing well, we’re really good, but the problem right now is we’re not that good of a team. Our hitting. Our setting. Our serving. Every phase right now is not very good. We’re making too many mental and physical mistakes.”
During sets one and four Midland looked dominant as they out hit the Tigers and won both sets. Set one saw the Warriors hit .250 while Doane was held to .111 and in the fourth it was Midland .351 and Doane .116.
Sets three and five highlighted the Warriors’ struggles. They hit .050 and .080 respectively as Doane took control of the match and then closed it out while hitting .140 and .312 themselves.
Defensively it was Fredrickson again helping to lead Midland. She had 19 digs and registered her first double-double of the season. Taliyah Flores paced the Warriors with a team-high 25 digs from her libero position.
Up next for Midland (13-5, 5-2 GPAC) will be a match with (RV) Concordia in Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday. The match is part of the Midland University Homecoming festivities and is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. inside Wikert Event Center.