FREMONT, Neb. – No. 11 Midland University survived and advanced on Saturday with a four-set victory over No. 23 University of Jamestown. The Warriors and Jimmies played an exciting match that began with a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat first set in which Midland won 32-30. The Warriors would drop the second set 25-16 before winning the final two by identical 25-22 scores to advance to the Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinals next Wednesday.
Senior All-Americans Priscilla O’Dowd and Jessica Peters were clutch down the stretch as Midland advanced despite losing many statistical categories. In the final set the duo connected on 11 points for the Warriors. O’Dowd had 28 kills in the match, setting a new personal and Midland school record. Her previous high was 24 kills in a five-set match against Montana Tech in the 2016 NAIA Tournament.
“Offensively, I thought Jessica Peters did a fantastic job getting Priscilla in good situations for her to have huge night for us,” head coach Paul Giesselmann commented after the game.
Peters finished the night with 52 set assists and 10 digs. It was her fifth consecutive double-double and her 14th double-double of the year.
Taylor Petersen and Maggie Hiatt both recorded 11 kills for the Warriors on the attack while five different players record 10 or more digs. In addition to Peters’ 10; Jaisa Russell had 10, O’Dowd had 12, Brooke Fredrickson had 15, and Mackenzie Wecker had a team-high 17.
“We knew this was going to be a really tough match tonight,” Coach Giesselmann added. “Jamestown is a very well coached team. When we played then the first time it went five games, so we really felt like we were going to have to play in a dog-fight match to get the win tonight. I give them credit, but our girls showed again that when their backs are against the wall they didn’t get rattled when things weren’t going well. They played with a lot of confidence. I thought our serving games was outstanding tonight. In particular Jenny Bair down the stretch was huge for us in game four. Brooke Fredrickson went on a big run to help us get the game tied back up.”
Next up for Midland (22-5) is a matchup with top-seeded and No. 5-ranked Dordt (25-2). The Defenders defeated the Warriors in straight sets earlier this season. This will be a chance for redemption for Midland as well as a great test for postseason going against the two-time NAIA National Runners-Up. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. in Sioux Center, Iowa.