Midland University proved to be too much for the College of Saint Mary, as the Warriors defeated the Flames in straight sets at Wikert Event Center on Wednesday.
The Warriors used a barrage of hitters at the net to overpower the Flames, finishing with 35 kills and a hitting percentage of .170 in their 3-0 victory.
College of Saint Mary started the first set strong as they built a 13-8 lead on a kill by sophomore Dani Carlson, before Midland went on a run of their own to close out the set.
Priscilla O’Dowd got the run started, earning one of her 10 kills on the night to close the gap to 13-10. Following that point, senior Jessica Nekl was able to hold serve as the Warriors went on an 11-0 run.
The 11-point run was capped off by a pair of consecutive kills by freshman Maggie Hiatt to give Midland a 21-13 advantage.
College of Saint Mary was able to battle back as they closed the gap to 22-18 on an ace serve by Carlson.
On the following point, O’Dowd earned a block to put the Warriors up 23-18, before she finished off the set with an ace serve to give Midland a 25-19 victory.
In the second set both teams went point-for-point throughout most of the set before Midland pulled away to earn a 25-22 victory.
With the score knotted at 10-10 Midland was able to find some breathing room with help from an ace serve by Nekl and two long returns by the Flames to take a 14-10 advantage.
A few points later the Flames would close the gap to one on an ace serve by Carlson, before the Warriors again extended their lead. A kill by freshman Sydney Morehouse gave the Warriors their largest lead of the set at 21-16.
O’Dowd would again end the set for Midland as she earned a set point kill to give the Warriors a 25-22 victory.
In the third, and final set, Midland was able to earn an early advantage over the Flames before finishing them off 25-14.
After falling behind 8-6 on a kill by Taylor Homes, the Warriors took over scoring 14 out of the next 17 points to take a 20-11 lead on a kill by senior Jordan Lempka.
The Warriors would take the match on a block by senior Taylor Lisemeyer, winning the set 25-14.
Taylor Peterson led the Warriors with 23 set assists in the victory, while also bolstering the defense with 10 digs. The senior Libero Nekl led the Warriors with 17 digs on the night.