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Doane College advanced to Sioux City, Iowa, with a 3-1 victory over Bethel College in the Opening Round of the NAIA Volleyball Championship. The game scores were 25-17, 23-25, 25-8, 25-15. With the victory, Doane improves to 27-8 overall while the Threshers fall to 23-10 as their season comes to a close.
The two squads battled back-and-forth in the first two games, slipping the pair. Jessy Livers paced Doane in game one with seven kills. Mallory Haedt led Bethel with five kills in game two.
Games three and four belonged to the Tigers. In game three, Doane posted a .476 attack percentage compared to Bethel's .069. The Tigers were also strong behind the service line in game three, collecting five ace serves. Doane had a solid edge on the attack in game four, hitting .244 compared to .136 for Bethel.
Offensively Doane was led by Terra Andreasen's 15 kills. Jessy Livers added 12 kills and Chelsee Marvin chipped in 11 kills. Marvin dominated behind the service line, collecting six of the team's nine ace serves.
Ashley Sluka led the Tiger setters with 22 set assists while Heather Davison added 14 set assists. Lisa Lord contributed nine for the Tigers.
Bethel was paced offensively by Mallory Haedt's 12 kills. Bethany Thiesen added eight kills while Lindsey Oliver picked up seven kills.
Morgan Peters picked up 14 set assists for the Threshers while teammate Alyssa Schrag added 11 set assists.
The defense was strong for both teams as they combined for 224 digs and 14 team blocks. The Doane back row was led by First Team All-GPAC libero Emily Schwisow's 21 digs. Davison added 20 digs and Amy Janky picked up 19 digs for the Tigers. Bethel was led by First Team All-KCAC members Kari Thimm and Kristen Schrag as they collected 24 and 23, respectively.
The defense at the net was led by a pair of Tiger freshmen that combined for six of the eight team blocks. Kellie Peterson finished with one solo and five assist blocks while Lisa Lord picked up five assist blocks. Bethel received two solo blocks from Thiesen and Oliver.