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Doane Tops Black Hills in NAIA Opener

Doane College came away with a four-game victory on Saturday afternoon in Crete over Black Hills State University in the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament.  The Tigers won 25-23, 25-23, 19-25 and 25-22.  The win improved the Tigers overall record to 29-7 while Black Hills State ends their season at 24-12.  Doane advances to the final site which will be in Sioux City, December 1-5.

Doane was paced by a balanced attack, led by middle blocker Susan Rollman.  Rollman finished with 15 kills, including seven in the final game to lift Doane to the victory.  Doane's outside hitters gave the team a lift as well as Terra Andreasen finished with 14 kills and Jessy Livers picked up 12.

"We had such a balanced attack today that it had to make it tough for (Black Hills State) to find someone to focus on," commented Tiger coach Cindy Meyer.  "Our setters did a good job of recognizing who had a hot hand and they kept feeding the ball to the right spot."

Black Hills State was led by Kristin Engle and her 20 kills on the evening.  Engle also collected eight total blocks, two solo.  Maggie O'Neill led the outside attack as she finished off 16 attacks for kills.

Doane's defense was paced by Emily Schwisow's 26 digs while Livers added 11.  Black Hills State was led by O'Neill's 25 digs and Carina Sweet's 24 digs.  At the net, Doane received four total blocks from Kellie Peterson and Lisa Lord.  Kayla Haines matched Engle with eight total blocks.

Mandy Brumfield led all setters with 42 set assists for BHSU.  Doane was paced by Heather Davison's 28 assists and Cassie Reicks' 22 set assists.

Doane took advantage of playing on their home court, closing out the season with a perfect 10-0 record at Fuhrer Field House.

Pool play pairings will be released by the NAIA on Sunday, November 22.