SEWARD, Neb. – No. 9-ranked Midland University had to work past a day where their offense wasn’t hitting on all cylinders to come away with a five-set win (22-25, 27-25, 22-25, 25-9, 15-13) over previously unbeaten Concordia University. The Warriors now move to 3-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference while the Bulldogs fall to a 2-1 mark.
Concordia took the opening set by outhitting the Warriors .250 to .161. They were able to get 16 kills to the floor while limiting Midland to just 10.
In the second it looked like the Bulldogs would get another. With the score tied 22-22, they picked up two straight points via Midland attack errors to take them to set point. However Midland would battle back, going on a 5-1 run thanks to their mental toughness and forcing the Bulldogs into errors, to win even the match.
The third set was a game of run. Building upon slim 10-9 lead, Concordia would score five straight only to see Midland respond with a run of their own to take a 17-16 lead. The Bulldogs bounced back and closed out the set with an extended run of 9-5 that the Warriors couldn’t break.
With their backs against the wall Midland played one of the better sets of the conference season thus far in the fourth. The Warriors picked up the first point and never looked back. They built an 8-1 lead and then cruised to a 25-9 win to set up a winner-take-all fifth set.
During the fifth set both teams exchanged points as there were nine ties, the last coming at 12-12. That’s when the Warriors closed out the set and the match three kills by Taylor Petersen.
“I’m really proud of our team today getting at solid five game win on the road in the GPAC,” said head coach Paul Giesselmann. “At times, we were not very good offensively but our serving was really good today and our mental toughness down the stretch on the road was the difference.”
Up next for Midland (11-3, 3-0 GPAC) is a midweek match with No. 25 College of Saint Mary (15-5, 1-2 GPAC). The Warriors and the Flames will take the court at the Wikert Event Center on Wednesday, September 18. First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.