COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Morningside takes four-setter to close out GPAC regular season

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Morningside takes four-setter to close out GPAC regular season

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Anna Wedel


MITCHELL, S.D. — After splitting the first two sets, the Mustangs won the final two and the match 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season finale Wednesday.

Krista Zenk had 19 kills to lead the Mustangs, now 16-10 overall and 8-8 in the GPAC.

Emma Gerber also had 15 kills and Marison Hartman 15 for Morningside, which outhit the Tigers .281-.236. Kayla Harris led the Mustangs with 22 digs and Callie Alberico had 53 assists.

Dannielle Burns had 18 kills for Dakota Wesleyan (20-12 overall and 4-12 GPAC).

DOANE 3, BRIAR CLIFF 0: The Briar Cliff volleyball team lost in a three-set sweep Wednesday against Doane in GPAC play in Sioux City. 

The Tigers swept the Chargers 26-24, 25-16 and 25-22. The Chargers hit. 083 in the match, and got 30 kills to Doane's 40. 

BCU committed three straight hitting errors to lose the opening set, but the Chargers weren't ready to quit. 

In the second set, the Chargers came out to a 5-1 lead, however, the Tigers quickly erased that and even took a 6-5 lead that turned into a big run. 

Analyse Stapleton and Aubrey Coleman each had seven kills for the Chargers while Victoria Gonzalez and Grace Whitlaw each had five. 

Delaney Meyer led with 17 assists and Grace Hanno had 24 digs. 

NORTHWESTERN 3, CONCORDIA 0: The Raiders completed a 16-0 Great Plains Athletic Conference volleyball campaign after fending off the Bulldogs 25-20, 26-24, 25-23 in a match held at the Bultman Center Wednesday.

Anna Wedel had 17 kills and Makenzie Fink 10 for Northwestern which is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA and will look to complete a sweep of the GPAC honors when the league's post-season tournament begins Saturday.

Lacey Wacker also had 46 assists and Emily Strasser 10 digs for the Raiders. Emily Van Ginkel and Mackenzie Fink had six and five block assists, respectively, for NWC.

Camryn Opfer had 15 kills to lead Concordia, which is now 22-5 in all matches and 11-5 in the GPAC.

MIDLAND 3, DORDT 2: The Warriors dominated the fifth set 14-7 to win the match on the road in Sioux Center. 

The Defenders won the first set 25-18, but Midland came back to win the next two stanzas, both by 26-24 scores. 

Dordt forced a fifth set by winning set No. 4, 25-18. 

Ally Krommendyk led the Defenders with 18 kills while Corrina Timmermans had 13. 

Megan Raszler had 39 assists while Hannah Connelly had 19 digs. 

IOWA STATE 3, WEST VIRGINIA 0: Iowa State (15-8, 6-5 Big 12) bounced back from a weekend loss with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-15 win over West Virginia (11-13, 2-9 Big 12) Wednedsay night in Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State was lead on attack by freshman Annie Hatch, as she had 16 kills and a .375 hitting percentage for the night. Piper Mauck was setting up her teammates all night, as she poured in 35 assists to go with nine digs on the evening. Eleanor Holthaus also played a big role in the victory, as she posted 10 kills at .350 hitting to go with four digs and four block assists.

The Cyclones finished things up quickly, as Josie Herbst got her fourth kill of the set to clinch the match. Iowa State’s offense was clicking in the third, as the team had a whopping .571 hitting percentage, its best team effort in a set this season.

ILLINOIS 3, IOWA 0: The University of Iowa volleyball team (9-15, 3-10) fell to No. 21 Illinois (12-10, 7-6) 25-18, 25-23 and 25-15 on Wednesday night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Junior Griere Hughes led Iowa with 12 kills, sophomore Courtney Buzzerio added 27 assists, and junior Halle Johnston added nine digs.

The Hawkeyes were unable to find their offensive footing after the 10th point as Illinois broke open the third set taking a 20-13 lead as Iowa called a timeout. Iowa added a kill from freshman Kyndra Hansen but fell in the set 25-15 to end the match.


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