BELLEVUE, Neb. – No. 4 Midland earned a pair of quality wins to add to their resume on Friday at the Bellevue Premier Labor Day Classic. In their morning match they edged past (RV) Oklahoma City University in five sets and then in the night cap they swept No. 17 University of Jamestown.
Against OCU, the Warriors and Stars were in a tight battle from the first serve. Midland would take the first set 25-22 then drop the next two, 20-25 and 25-27. After regrouping and refocusing, the final two sets were all Midland. In the fourth they got out of the gate early in large part to the overall play of Priscilla O’Dowd. She had six of her match high 20 kills the set and added an ace as well.
The fifth set saw the Stars come out and stake a quick 3-0 lead. Midland quickly responded tying the set at five apiece then rolled past OCU winning 15-11.
“We played well at times in against Oklahoma City,” stated coach Paul Giesselmann. “We just need to learn to play with more consistency throughout the match. We went five sets with a really good team that is going to win a lot of games this year.”
In the night match Midland again found themselves in a tough battle. The Jimmies were coming off a five-set win of their own were also looking to go 2-0 on the day.
Just like the first match Midland found themselves down early in set number one. The two teams played a seesaw first set as there were five lead changes along with seven ties. With the game knotted at 24 all, O’Dowd was able to block the Jimmies attack and then capped on the set with a kill.
Set two and three were more of the same as Jamestown was not going down without a fight. In the second they battled back from five down to tie the match at 23 but MU once again was able to get the final two points to with the set, 25-23.
The final set Midland looked like they were going to run away with it. After Jamestown got the first two points, the Warriors went on a 17-4 run. The Jimmies would follow that with an 11-6 run of their own to pull within five. Midland would hang on and get the final two points for a 25-19 win to complete the sweep.
O’Dowd once again led Midland with 14 kills. Jessica Nekl had a team high 20 digs in the match.
“Jamestown is another quality opponent for us at this point in the year,” said Giesselmann. “It was important for us to get these two wins today. Tomorrow we’ve got another excellent opponent in Carroll. We need to build upon today and show that we can be consistent in our play.”
Midland is now 6-3 on the season. They’ll be back on the court on Saturday morning when they take on No. 23 Carroll College. The two teams met during the first weekend of the season in a match won by Carroll in five sets.