SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University went on the road for the first time in Great Plains Athletic Conference play and came away with a straight set sweep (25-22, 28-26, 25-19) of Morningside College on Wednesday night. The 9th-ranked Warriors controlled the serve-receive as they notched eight aces from the service line while (RV) Mustangs were shutout.
“I thought our serve and pass game was good tonight. We were able to get a few balls past them while not allowing them any free points,” commented head coach Paul Giesselmann. “Our team defense on the other hand was awful. Anytime you have more blocking errors than blocks it makes the match tough to win. Down the stretch of each game I liked our mental toughness. From point 1 to 20 we struggled but from 21 on, we showed what kind of team we are capable of being.”
The first set saw Midland and Morningside trade points with 12 ties up until the 21st point. Maddie Wieseler had three of her team-high 13 kills to end the set with a three point victory. With 17 kills against 4 errors, the Warriors hit .361 for the set.
During the second set it was another toss-up between as each team had chances to win the set down the stretch. After being tied once again at 21-21, there were three more ties before Wieseler and Maggie Hiatt connected on back to back kills to end the set.
Hiatt had six kills in the second and finished with a dozen for the match as Midland once again had 17 kills and 4 errors in the set, hitting .325. Morningside had their best hitting mark, .385, of the match in the second with 19 kills and 4 errors.
In the third set Midland started with an ace serve by Bree Burtwistle and never looked back. They led wire-to-wire with their lead growing as high as eight points late in the set. With the score 17-14, Midland went on a 5-0 run with Brooke Fredrickson at the service line. Wieseler had a pair of kills in the run with Hiatt adding one herself. Fredrickson aced the Mustangs for the final point of the run. She finished the game with a team-high three aces.
Sydney Morehouse also had a solid match on the attack as she floored 9 balls while hitting .533. She also added a team-high three blocks.
For the match Midland outhit Morningside .343 to .324 with three more kills, 49-46. The two teams dug up an equal number of balls, 39, with Fredrickson (11) and Flores (10) leading the way for the Warriors.
Up next for Midland (10-3, 2-0 GPAC) is a weekend match at undefeated Concordia (12-0, 2-0 GPAC). The two teams will square off at 3:00 p.m. inside the Walz Human Performance Complex in Seward, Nebraska. The Warriors will look to extend their eight match winning streak against the Bulldogs dating back to 2015.