Doane Rallies to Top NWU
Doane rallied late in game five to come away with a 3-2 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan University in GPAC volleyball on Tuesday evening. Doane was able to fight off match points by Nebraska Wesleyan in the fifth game as they led 14-13. The final scores were 25-30, 30-16, 30-22, 28-30, 16-14.
Doane struggled early in the match, posting a .080 attack percentage in the first game. The Tigers rallied to win games two and three before NWU took game four to even up the match. In game two, the Tiger block provided a huge lift as they help limit Nebraska Wesleyan to seven kills while making 11 attacking errors. Doane notched a .340 attack percentage in the third game.
In game five, the Tiger seniors turned up their play another notch. Kari Hochstein posted three of her game-high 18 kills. Caitlin Schaffert slammed down three of her 13 kills and Kaylee Lubken picked up five of her team-high 37 digs. Junior Chelsee Marvin also posted three kills in the fifth game. She ended with 16 kills and eight blocks.
Joining the three upperclassmen in double-figure kills was sophomore Jessy Livers as she notched 13. Doane finished with 74 kills on the evening with a .194 attack percentage. Hochstein finished with a double-double as she added 11 blocks, tying the school record for a five game match, to go with her 18 kills. Schaffert also added eight blocks as Doane finished with a team total of 19 for the game.
Ashley Sluka led Doane with 32 assists while Heather Davison added 25. Doane posted 10 ace serves in the match, led by Lubken's three. Sluka and Amy Janky also added two ace serves. The Tigers had four players join Lubken in double-figure digs. Janky notched a career-high 21, while Sluka added 18 and Davison and Livers posted 15 each.
NWU was led offensively by Abby Bade's 18 kills. Also in double-figures for the Prairie Wolves were Katie Novicki (13), Cara Ward (11) and Laura Brammeier (11). Kirsten Foster notched 53 assists while Linsey Thomsen picked up a game-high 38 digs.
Doane improved to 9-7 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC while NWU fell to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in GPAC play.
Doane will host Dordt College on Saturday, September 29, at 3:00 PM. Dordt is coming off a victory over Morningside College in three games, giving the Mustangs their first loss of the season. The Defenders are 21-4 overall on the season. The game can be heard live on the Tiger Sports Network.