Morningside played No. 8 Dordt to a near standoff in the first two sets of its GPAC Tournament Quarterfinal round match.
Morningside battled one of the NAIA national volleyball powers to a near standoff in the first two sets before eighth-ranked Dordt swept the Mustangs 25-23, 25-23, 25-16 in Tuesday’s GPAC Post-Season Tournament Quarterfinal match in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Dordt, which was coming off an upset victory against second-ranked Hastings in last Saturday’s regular season finale, raised its record to 22-6. Morningside will take a 19-13 record and the host berth into the 2016 NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament to be held Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 in Sioux City.
The Defenders limited Morningside’s attack to 29 kills and a .109 hitting percentage. Brittni Olson and Jenn Buyert each had seven kills to share Morningside honors, while Ashley Vande Stouwe was right behind with six kills and a team-high .313 hitting percentage. Jayde Bergmann was next with five kills.
Katie Kuck and Nikki Oberfoell led the Mustangs’ defensive court coverage with 15 and 12 digs, respectively. Vande Stouwe led the Mustangs’ defensive effort at the net with one solo block and five block assists.
Mustang setters Callie Alberico and Gabby Roe each dealt 13 assists and each had two ace serves to share match honors with Dordt’s Brooke Granstra.