Eighth ranked Grand View rebounded from an opening set loss to edge Morningside 17-25, 25-17, 26-24, 26-24 in Wednesday’s pool play action at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship at Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs, who swept ninth-ranked Columbia in Tuesday’s pool play opener, will face Tabor at 6 p.m. on Thursday in their pool play finale. The top two teams from each pool will advance to a single-elimination bracket tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Mustangs will take a 19-13 record into Thursday’s match against Tabor.
Jenn Buyert slammed a match-high 16 kills to lead all performers in the match against Grand View. Buyert, who paced the Mustangs with 11 kills in their upset victory against Columbia, posted her team-high 14th double figure kill total of the season, including her eighth in the last 10 matches. Buyert raised her career total to 995 kills to put her five terminations shy of joining the Mustangs’ 1000-kill club.
Buyert was joined in double figures by Emma Gerber, who slammed 12 kills and had only two attack errors in 24 attempts to lead the Mustangs with a .417 hitting percentage, and Brittni Olson, who had 11 kills along with on solo block and seven block assists. Krista Zenk was next with seven kills.
Callie Alberico led the Mustangs with 45 assists to match Grand View’s Trystin Luneckas for match honors.
The Mustangs’ Nikki Oberfoell came up with 25 digs to lead all performers. The Mustangs had four other players achieve double figure dig totals, led by Alberico with 14. Jayde Bergmann added 13 digs and Merrin Van Velzen had 10.
Bergmann led the Mustangs with two ace serves, while Olson led the team’s blocking effort with one solo block and three block assists