NAIA Pool Play began on Tuesday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa, and the night cap featured a thrilling five-set match between the 15th-ranked Tigers and No. 11 Concordia University (CA) Eagles. In the end, the Eagles rallied to take the match, 3-2. Game scores were 20-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-20 and 15-4 in favor of Concordia.
The first set saw Doane score the first two points of the match before Concordia answered with five straight of their own behind the serving of Amber Ridens. Doane continued to chip away at the lead and used a five-point run by Nicole Skolnick and a six-point run by Amy Kreikemeier to take an 18-13 lead.
Concordia battled back behind Ridens' serving attack once again and cut the lead to 18-16 for the Tigers but a service error following a timeout gave the Tigers a side out and Doane went on to take six of the next 10 points for a 25-20 win.
In the second set, Concordia used the combination of a strong offensive attack combined with a defensive wall at the net. The Eagles flipped their attack percentage around from the first set when they had nine hitting errors to just two in the second set. They also posted four blocks against the Tigers.
In set three, Doane's block came alive and forced nine attack errors by the Eagles. Emily Max and Lisa Lord combined for a pair of blocks late in the set including one on set point. Susan Rollman posted four kills in the set for the Tigers.
The fourth set was the turning point in the match. Both teams went back and forth with Doane snagging a 7-4 lead. Concordia battled back to take a 10-8 lead as Doane had three attack errors and a setting violation to aid the Eagle run. Doane refused to go quietly and battled back to take the lead following three consecutive kills by Susan Rollman.
With the score tied at 17-all, Concordia picked up four straight points as Amy Van Buren picked up a pair of kills and a block to lead the charge. Doane was able to closed the gap to a pair of points at 21-19 but the Eagles closed out the set by taking four of the next five points. The Eagles had four blocks in the set against Doane.
In set five, the Tigers were never able to get on track as they fell behind 8-1. Concordia pounded out nine kills in 13 attacks while Doane committed three attack errors and only record four kills in 16 attempts.
For the match, Susan Rollman led the way with 13 kills and four blocks. Emily Max added 12 kills and four blocks while Ashley Axmann posted 12 kills and two blocks. Terra Andreasen added eight kills in 20 attacks.
Heather Davison posted 38 set assists and a match-high four ace serves to go with 10 digs and two blocks. Nicole Skolnick led the back row with 16 digs, a match-high.
Concordia was led by Brooke Marino's 22 kills and Amber Ridens' 21 kills. Renee Horton posted 54 set assists. Ridens led the Eagles with three ace serves and Amy Van Buren had a match-high five blocks.
Doane will take on NAIA No. 2 Texas-Brownsville on Wednesday at 5:45 PM.