Last week the Doane Tigers’ Volleyball team upset the 8th ranked Midland Warriors in a five-set match but was swept by the 25th ranked Morningside Mustangs.
The Tigers used 62 kills, 7 aces, and 77 digs to edge out the Warriors. After dropping the first set 23-25, Doane was able to bounce back with the next two sets winning with scores of 27-25 and 25-19. However, the Warriors would not give up, taking the next set 18-25, according to Doane Athletics Twitter page.
In the tiebreaker, Doane was able to use the energy from the home crowd to take the final set 15-10 before erupting into celebration.
“We love when people come, it gives us even more of a reason to play as hard as we can,” senior Alexis Dale said.
“When we have students there actually cheering for us and really getting into the game, it really gets us fired up and we play that much better,” sophomore Kennedy Scheele said.
The Tigers were led by senior Allison Kuenle and junior Madison VanHousen who both finished the game with double-doubles.
Kuenle had 20 kills, 13 digs, and an ace serve.
VanHousen followed suit with 14 kills, 11 digs, and 5 ace serves.
“They are both such key players for our team and every team we play knows that and makes it really tough on them when it comes to blocking. So to see them get through that obstacle but play also play a huge role in the back row really brought up the level of play for everyone on the team,” Scheele said. “They lead by example very well and that was very evident in that game.”
Dale says the team’s result just proves that her team has the ability to compete with anyone in the nation and get the result they want.
The Tigers’ high ended three days later, when they travelled to Sioux City, Iowa to face the Mustangs where they lost in straight sets.
“Volleyball is a very mentally tough game and when you mess up you have to forget about it and move on to the next play,” Scheele said. “I think we didn’t do very well at moving on and not having the home court advantage is always tough.”
The team lost the sets 15-25, 13-25, and 22-25. The Mustangs blocking unit was a key to shutting down the Tiger offense, blocks went 8-2 in favor of the winners.
Doane finished with a .114 hitting percentage as opposed to Morningside’s .284 hitting percentage.
The team plans to bounce back in their next match, on October 9 at Concordia in Seward, Nebraska.
“We came back Monday and Tuesday and had good, hard working practices so we will be bouncing back from that loss,” Dale said.