JAMESTOWN, N.D. – After dropping the first two sets at (RV) University of Jamestown on Saturday, No. 7-ranked Midland University won the next three in decisive fashion for the five set victory (23-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-11, 15-8). The Warriors remain in second place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with an 8-1 conference record, 16-3 overall. The Jimmies fall to 14-4 overall and are in a three-way tie for fourth in the GPAC with a 5-3 conference record.
Sets one and two saw the Warriors struggle with their attack as they committed 13 errors and hit .141. Jamestown took advantage of those miscues for the comeback win in set one and the wire-to-wire win in set two.
Midland regrouped after the sluggish start and looked like a different team after the set break. They committed just four attack errors over the final three sets, hitting .392. For the match the Warriors finished with a .290 hitting percentage while they held Jamestown to .056. It is the second straight match the Warriors have held their opponents under .100 thanks to great team defensive play.
Jaisa Russell led the team with 22 digs from her libero position while three others joined her in double figures. Priscilla O’Dowd had 17 digs while Jessica Peters and Brooke Fredrickson both had 11.
Peters distributed 46 set assists as Midland had three different players with more than a dozen kills. O’Dowd led the way with 17 kills on the afternoon. Taylor Petersen had 13 kills and Jenny Bair finished with 12. At the net defensively Sydney Morehouse paced the team with four blocks.
“I’m really proud of our players today. Down 0-2 on the road they didn’t panic and showed a lot of trust in each other,” said head coach Paul Giesselmann. “Give Jamestown credit. Their serve caused us problems early in the match but our team defense got us back in the match.”
“Our outside hitters hit much better in the last three games and our middles were really efficient offensively,” he added. “I thought our leaders did a really good job of keeping the team calm and focused. Jessica set a very good match again for us.”
Midland (16-3, 8-1 GPAC) will have a week of preparation and rest before their next match. They’ll host Briar Cliff (10-7, 4-4 GPAC) on Saturday, October 6 in Fremont, Nebraska. First serve is set for 3:00 p.m. inside Wikert Event Center.