The volleyball team swept Hastings College 3 - 0 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest Wednesday, October 16.
After a rocky start in their second set, Doane slammed their way past a 0-7 deficit to secure the win in three sets.
The set scores were:
Set 1: 25 - 22
Set 2: 25 - 21
Set 3: 25 - 22
“Our team is kind of up and down so I knew we could work through it, it was a matter of relaxing and getting it under control,” said Senior Alexis Dale.
Once everything was under control Doane cruised through the third set finishing off Hastings quick and easy.
The front row powerhouse senior Allison Kuenle, junior Madison Vanhousen, and senior Alexis Dale combined for 39 kills total out hitting Hastings with a 0.248 to 0.133 hit percentage according to Doane Stats.
The Tigers were led by Kuenle on offense and defense who had a double-double on the night.
Kuenle had 17 kills and three blocks. Kuenle and sophomore Kennedy Scheele each posted 11 digs.
In addition, Vanhousen put up 12 kills, and Dale with 10 kills to round out the Tigers leading hitters.
Hastings has a strong block so a new offensive strategy was put into use in this game in order to win. Vanhousen explained that something they have been working on in this week’s practices has been back row attacks, instead of hitting normally in the front row by the net they set the back row to spike the ball. They wanted to throw off Hastings defense and it clearly worked.
After losing to Hastings the past three matchups this win was an important one explained Vanhousen. “It just shows that we do come back, and this helps us with the mentality of being on a surge upwards.”
“For Mount Marty, we need to have the same mentality we did here and push even harder in practice these next two days,” said Vanhousen
The Tigers advance 5-5 to their next game on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5:00 p.m. in the George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center against Mount Marty College.