Tigers Top Dana, Earn GPAC Tournament Bye
Doane went into their game with Dana College on Tuesday evening needing two things to happen in order to receive a First Round bye for the GPAC Tournament. First, the Tigers needed a victory over the Vikings and second, they needed to finish at least one game better than Hastings on the final day. The Tigers defeated Dana, 3-1, and needed either the Hastings/Nebraska Wesleyan match to go five games or the Prairie Wolves needed the upset victory. The Hastings game went three but in favor of NWU, thus giving the Tigers sole possession of fourth place and the bye on the first day of the conference tournament.
The Tigers won the first two games before the Vikings battled back to take their lone game in the third set. The final game scores were 25-22, 25-14, 18-25, 25-23.
Chelsee Marvin led the way with 14 kills, four blocks and two ace serves for Doane. Terra Andreasen added 13 kills.
Ashley Sluka posted 27 set assists for Doane while adding two setter's dumps for kills. Heather Davison added 15 set assists.
Defensively, Nicole Skolnick picked up a 21 digs while Emily Schwisow added 19 digs. The Tigers finished with 9.5 team blocks.
Megan Higgins led the Vikings with 14 kills and Kali Brayfield added 11 kills.
Doane closes the regular season with a 25-7 record overall and 12-4 mark in the GPAC. The 25 wins are the most for the Tigers entering the post-season since the 1997 season.
Doane will host the Quarterfinal Round of the GPAC Tournament on Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 PM. The Tigers will face the winner of Sioux Falls and Hastings. The game can be heard on the Tiger Sports Network.