HASTINGS, Neb. –Midland University fell in straight sets to Hastings College on Wednesday night, 15-25, 26-28, 17-25. Playing without a pair of regulars the Warriors struggled at times but still nearly took the second set from the defending national champions.
Set one was all Hastings as they jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead. That margin grew throughout as Midland was still adjusting to a new lineup and setter. The Warriors hit -.231 in the set as Hastings had five team blocks in their 25-15 set one victory.
In the second Midland hit better (.140) as they had more chances but the defensive front by the Broncos was still there as they added another eight blocks to their total. Midland nearly won the set but was called for an illegal touch near the end of the set and momentum swung back to the home team for the 28-26 win.
Facing a two game deficit the Warriors did all they could to stem the tide of the Broncos in the third but ultimately they fell 25-17.
“We’re facing some adversity right now with the number of injuries we have. I liked how some of those that filled into new roles handled the situation against the defending national champions,” commented coach Paul Giesselmann. “At the same time we have got to get better at playing at a high level in all phases of our game.”
Midland had a negative hitting percentage for the first time this year as they hit -.010 for the match compared to the Broncos .146 percentage. It is rare that Warriors hit in the negative for an entire match. The last time a team hit for a negative was during the 2010 season. Wednesday night’s performance was the lowest mark in over a decade.
The Warriors will have the weekend off from their grueling stretch of GPAC matches before hitting the floor next Wednesday night. Midland hosts College of Saint Mary (8-9, 1-6 GPAC) on October 11th. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Wikert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska.