BELLEVUE, Neb. – No. 11-ranked Midland University struggled to get anything going against No. 9 Grand View University on Friday night at the GoSarpy.com Labor Day Classic. The Lady Warriors dropped a hard-fought first set to the Vikings before being swept (25-23, 25-15, 25-20) in straight sets. Midland suffers only their second loss of the season and is now 7-2 while Grand View remains unbeaten at 5-0.
After the first set, in which they hit .234, the Warriors offense looked awful. They had just eight kills in the second set against five errors and then 12 kills against seven errors in the third. On the night Midland had 37 kills while hitting .162, their lowest since the opening weekend of the season.
Grand View on the other hand hit over .250 in each set on their way to a .267 night behind 42 kills and only 11 total attacking errors.
“We ran into a really talented team tonight. Grand View dominated us in every facet of the game,” commented head coach Paul Giesselmann after the match. “I thought their serving and passing was very impressive and honestly I was very disappointed that we did not respond to the challenge tonight. We absolutely were just a bad volleyball team tonight.”
Midland (7-2) won’t have much time to sit and dwell on the loss as they have a quick turnaround. They’ll take on No. 23 Ottawa (4-2) at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning back in Bellevue. The Braves went 1-1 on Friday, beating Peru State in three and then falling to No. 25 Jamestown in five sets.