SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University was swept by Westmont College on Thursday afternoon in a battle of the Warriors. Both teams had locked up a berth out of pool play heading into the match by virtue of winning their first two matches of the championship. Midland earns the second seed out of Pool F while Westmont wins the pool with a perfect 3-0 record.
With the teams knowing they’d live to see another day, Midland elected to rest setter Jessica Peters who has been battling an injury since August. She missed time during the middle of conference play in order to prepare for the gauntlet that is GPAC volleyball.
Midland fell to Westmont 25-12 in the opening set as they looked flat and out of sync. They hit .077 in the set and would finish with a modest .132 percentage in the match. Westmont hit .400 in the first on their way to .281 percentage in the three set match.
Coordinating the attack for the Midland Warriors was Taylor Petersen who stepped out of her outside hitter role, just like she did earlier in the year. She finished with 27 set assists on the match and added five digs and a pair of block assists.
Set two saw the gap between the two teams narrow slightly as the Westmont Warriors won 25-16. Midland actually got out to an early 4-1 lead and kept Westmont close before they went on four separate 3-0 rallies to take control of the match.
In the third Midland looked its best of the match. Once again they took an early 4-1 lead. This time thought they stayed with Westmont exchanging short rallies. There were 17 ties in the set, the last coming at 29-29. Westmont would get the sweep after a kill followed by a Midland attacking error.
“We knew it was going to be a tough match without Jess unable to play, but I was disappointed with our execution and lack of intensity in the first two games,” head coach Paul Giesselmann commented. “I really liked how we came out and played in the third. We had a couple of chances to push it to a fourth set but came up just short. Now we need to take the effort that we got from the girls in game three and carry it into our Sweet 16 match tomorrow.”
Midland (21-10) will take on College of Idaho on Friday morning at 11:15 a.m.