Doane had to battle on Wednesday evening in front of an energetic crowd and the Tigers came away with a five-game victory over Morningside College in Sioux City. The Mustangs are receiving votes in the NAIA national poll after starting the season ranked in the Top 25. Game scores were 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 19-25 and 15-11 in favor of Doane. The win improves the Tigers' record to 11-3 and 2-0 in the GPAC. Doane will face undefeated and fifth-ranked Northwestern College on Saturday in Orange City, Iowa.
The Tigers led through much of the first game before Morningside took the final five points for the win. Emily Max had a strong effort for the Tigers, picking up six kills in the game including the first four for Doane.
In game two, Susan Rollman paced the Tigers with five of the team's 15 kills. Game three went to the Tigers as Max had six of the team's 15 kills.
Doane led 11-6 in game four but five service errors throughout the game plagued the team as they fell and Morningside evened up the match. Max added six more kills for the Tigers.
The Tiger middle blockers set the tone of game five, as Rollman and Max combined for eight of the team's 10 kills. Ashley Axmann had the final two kills of the match for Doane.
Overall, Max led the Tigers with 25 kills and a .500 attack percentage. Axmann posted 17 kills and a .317 attack percentage while Rollman finished with 14 kills and a .387 attack percentage. As a team, Doane hit .302 with 67 kills on the evening.
Heather Davison was setting up the majority of the Tiger attackers, posting 53 set assists. She added six kills and two ace serves.
Defensively, Nicole Skolnick led the Tigers with 14 digs and Desiree Erikson posted 13. At the net, Rollman led the way with five total blocks and Max posted three. As a team, the Tigers had nine team blocks and 54 digs.
Morningside was led by Kaeli Austin's 17 kills while Erin Downing and Kati Steffen added 12 apiece. Doane held NAIA National Player-of-the-Week Liz Sutherland to nine kills, less than two kills per game.