ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Midland University opened in play in the highly competitive Spartan Invitational on Friday in St. Louis, Missouri and came away with a win and a loss against top ten ranked opponents. In the first game of the day, No. 8 Midland used long rallies and an efficient attack to sweep past No. 5 Viterbo University. In their follow up game though the Lady Warriors fell to No. 9 Lindsey Wilson College in four sets.
“After playing our best match of the year thus far against Viterbo, I was very disappointed in how we followed it up,” said head coach Paul Giesselmann after the matches. “We are getting better but we need to start playing at a much more consistent level.”
On the attack, the Warriors hit .315 in the first match against the V-Hawks. Sydney Morehouse and Maddie Wieseler let the way with 12 and 9 kills respectively. Hope Leimbach had 22 assists in the match while Bree Burtwistle assists on 16 successful attacks.
Midland’s serving, which has shown to be one of their strengths at times early in the season, was not very efficient in the opener. The Warriors tallied four service aces but had a season-high 15 service errors in the sweep.
Against the Blue Raiders, Midland served much better. They aced their opponent eight times with just nine errors from the service line. Burtwistle had three aces while Leimbach and Brooke Fredrickson each finished with two.
At the net Taylor Petersen had a team high 15 kills while hitting .286 with two block assists but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Raiders hit .313 as a team with three players with double digit kills. Midland as a team hit .210.
“Lindsey Wilson is obviously a good team but we let game one slip away. The good thing for us is we get to get back on the court again tomorrow (Saturday) against the No. 4-ranked team. We’ll need to step up our game as they are another good team.”
Missouri Baptist went 2-0 against the same opponents as Midland on the first day of the Spartan Invitational. The host school swept Lindsey Wilson and then defeated Viterbo in four sets.
Midland (8-2) will take on Missouri Baptist (8-3) at noon inside the Petty Sports and Recreation Complex. First serve is set for 12:00 p.m. in St. Louis.