Doane Wins Thrilling Match Over Hastings
Doane and Hastings found themselves in yet another thrilling match-up on Tuesday evening in Crete and Doane came from behind to defeat the Broncos in five games. Game scores were 24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, and 21-19 in favor of the Tigers.
The last time the two teams met up in Crete was in the GPAC Tournament last season in which Hastings jumped out to a two game lead before Doane rallied to take the final three. The comparison of Tuesday's game to last year's is very similar in regards to how the two teams left everything they had on the court and neither one would back down, especially in game five. This year's game five may have been the best.
Doane had game point in game one, 24-23, but Hastings battled back to take the next three points for the win. The Tigers bounced back to take game two but Hastings jumped out to an 8-1 lead in game three and held off the Tigers for the win. The Broncos jumped out to a 10-2 lead in game four and appeared to be set to knock of the Tigers but Doane was resilient and battled all the way back for the win. Doane took 23 of the final 35 points in game four.
Game five went back and forth with Doane jumping out early only to see Hastings come right back for the lead. Doane took the lead back and had match point with the score 14-13. Hastings answered twice to take a 15-14 lead but Doane came right back with two points to take a 16-15 lead. The two teams would exchange side-outs eight consecutive times as the score was tied at 16, 17, 18, and 19 and Doane had match point each time before Hastings would tie it back up. The Tigers took the final lead of the match at 20-19 and picked up the game-winning point on an attack error by Hastings.
For the match, each team had their go-to player. Hastings went to freshman outside hitter Kendra Schwein who finished with a game-high 24 kills. Doane answered with freshman middle blocker Susan Rollman who posted 21 kills, five of her kills coming in game five.
Defensively at the net, both teams were strong as Doane finished with 10 total block and Hastings with nine. Rollman was joined by fellow middle blocker Kellie Peterson with five total blocks. Lisa Lord and Jessy Livers each added three. Hastings was led by Katie Moeller's seven total blocks.
Haley Beardsley had a game-high 63 set assists for the Broncos while Doane's two setters combined for 48. Heather Davison led Doane with 25 and Cassie Reicks posted 23 set assists for the Tigers.
Doane finished with seven service aces, led by Emily Schwisow's three and Davison's two. Schwisow was also strong in the back row for the Tigers as she collected a game-high 42 digs.
Doane will be at Nebraska Wesleyan on Friday and return home on Saturday to take on Mount Marty. The game Saturday is Doane's "DIG PINK" game, fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the fight against breast cancer.