Mustangs fall in five
Morningside tied a school record for kills in a match, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 27-29, 15-11 loss against city rival Briar Cliff on Tuesday at Briar Cliff.
The loss came in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest/Great Plains/Kansas Conference Tournament and ended the Mustangs’ season with a record of 10-24. Briar Cliff improved to 12-11 and will travel to St. Louis, Mo., on Thursday to face two-time reigning NAIA National Champion Missouri Baptist in the semifinals.
The Mustangs slammed 60 kills against the Chargers to tie a school record previously set against Hannibal-LaGrange during the 2015 campaign. The Mustangs’ Caden Toben dealt a school-record 55 assists to break his own previous record of 51 and the Mustangs’ tied their team record of 59 assists in a match, which both came against Lindenwood-Belleville two matches earlier.
Briar Cliff’s attack produced 73 kills and a .318 hitting percentage. Peyton Schirman, who entered the contest as the NAIA national leader with an average of 4.95 kills per game, led the way with a match-high 28 kills.
Oscar Alvarez Cancel paced the Mustangs’ attack with 17 kills for his 14th double figure total of the season. Raul Rivera Rojas posted his team-high 19th double figure performance of the season with 16 kills and Braden Hall added 13 terminations. Jimmy Aschenbrenner was next with seven kills and a team-high .500 hitting percentage, followed by Jacob Brand with six kills.
Aside from leading the Mustangs’ attack with his 17 kills, Alvarez Cancel also came up with a match-high 15 digs for his third double double of the season. Rivera Rojas added 10 digs to his 16-kill performance for his team-high seventh double double. Jacob Loberg added 11 digs and Hall just missed double figures with eight.
Rivera Rojas led the Mustangs with two ace serves, while Brand topped the team with two solo blocks and four block assists.