Midland ends Tigers' seasonThe Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team hosted its Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament first-round match Saturday afternoon.
By: Travis Mester, The Daily Republic
The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team hosted its Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament first-round match Saturday afternoon.
But it was Midland University that looked right at home.
Katie Dettmer had 11 kills and Megan Hoesing added nine to lead the Warriors to a 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 win over the Tigers at Fosness Arena.
“I was really pleased because Dakota Wesleyan really did a nice job against us the first time we played them,” Midland coach Paul Giesselmann said. “They did some nice things today, too, and all three games were tight, but we were just able to make a few more plays.”
DWU, which ends its season 10-24, beat the Warriors in a five-set match earlier this season. But the teams’ second matchup went quite different.
While neither team led by more than five points in any of the three sets, it was Midland that made the important points all afternoon.
“We didn’t think either team had really taken control after the first set,” DWU coach Eric Viney said. “and even throughout each set, it went back and forth. It was just unfortunate that every time, they had a three-point run at 17 or 18 to take control. Our runs seemed to come too early in each set.”
Senior Ashley Kley had 11 kills and Carina Fesenmaier recorded 21 assists for the Tigers. Meghan Cronberg had seven kills and Andrea Johnson added five for DWU, which had seven seniors play their final match in a Tigers’ uniform.
“For the most part, we’re going to miss their experience,” Viney said of his seniors. “They’ve been through a lot of matches and their understanding of our offense and defense is going to be the hardest thing to lose.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what the spring brings. We won’t look to replace necessarily, we’ll just look to get what we can and help those kids with their strengths.”
Midland (13-18) faces undefeated Northwestern in the second round of the GPAC tournament in Orange City, Iowa, on Tuesday.