SIOUX CITY, Iowa – College of Idaho ended Midland University’s season on Friday afternoon in the NAIA Volleyball Tournament.

The 12th-ranked Yotes edged the 11th-rated Lady Warriors 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 15-11 at the Tyson Event Center.

“It is always disappointing to end the season with a loss,” MU coach Paul Giesselmann said. “We are extremely proud with how our team battled today. They improved immensely since August and we were playing our best ball at the end of the season.”

The Yotes broke to a 4-0 lead in the deciding set behind three kills from Ashley Pagan and one from Taylor Alexander. MU closed to 6-4 on a pair of Priscilla O’Dowd kills, but the Yotes went on a 4-0 run to extend the advantage.

O’Dowd, a junior middle blocker, led Midland with 21 kills and hit .452. Jenny Bair added 13 kills while Taylor Petersen had 12.

Setter Jessica Peters had 55 set assists and 15 digs. Mackenzie had a team-best 28 digs and senior libero Jessica Nekl had 25 digs.

The Yotes only outhit MU .160 to .151. Both teams had 114 digs and nine team blocks.

Pagan had 18 kills while Alexander added 14 for C of I. Alaina Slater finished with 12.

The Lady Warriors finished 21-11 — one year after losing veteran starters KC Heimann, Krystina Koepke and Darcy Barry. Nekl is among the graduation losses from the 2017 team.

“It will be tough to say goodbye to another great group of seniors, who really represented Midland in the very best way in the classroom and on the court,” Giesselmann said. “I just love the effort we had in Sioux City this year and hope we can make it back.”

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