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Midland sweeps Concordia | Rural Radio Network

Midland sweeps Concordia

Midland sweeps Concordia

FREMONT, Neb. – Playing in front of a crowd of 1,000 plus Midland Volleyball swept Concordia University to open Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night at the Wikert Event Center. The Lady Warriors improve to 8-3 (1-0) with the win and have won eight straight matches. This marks the seventh year in a row that they have won their conference opener.

Midland hit the ground running in the opening set. Paced by the play of Priscilla O’Dowd the Warriors built an early 11-4 lead which led to Concordia burning both timeouts. During that early stretch she accounted three kills, one block assist and held serve for four straight points.

MU would go on to win the opening set 25-14.

“I thought we came out and played with great tempo in the first set,” coach Paul Giesselmann said after the match.

Set two saw the Bulldogs regain their bite. They played the Warriors tough, forcing 18 ties. The final coming at 22 all. A pair of kills by Jenny Bair and then the set-winner by Sydney Morehouse gave Midland the advantage heading into the set break.

After the break, Midland looked focused as they were eyeing the sweep of their conference foe. And just like in the opening set they got thing going forcing the Bulldogs to use their timeouts early. First at 8-3 then the second one at 13-5.

The Bulldogs would go on a mini run to pull back within four, 14-10, but the Warriors would cruise from there out winning set 25-17 to finish the sweep.

Both O’Dowd and Bair finished in double figures for kills with 13 and 10 each. Two others, Sydney Morehouse and Shelby Bretschneider were close behind with 9 and 8 respectively.

Jessica Peters had 38 assists along with a pair of kills directing the Midland attack.

“It is great getting our first GPAC win in front of a good crowd,” commented coach Giesselmann. “We scored well in transition tonight, which was nice to see, but we’ve got to get better with our block and back row defense.”

The road only gets tougher from here as Midland continues GPAC play. In the latest NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Poll six teams from the conference find themselves ranked. Midland will get their first matchup with one of those teams next Tuesday as they host No. 24 Morningside. First serve will be at 7:30 p.m. inside the Wikert Event Center.

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