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Over the weekend, the Tiger volleyball team became the GPAC champions joining the women's soccer team who earned the same title last week.
Four years and four runner-up finishes was the number for the Tigers in GPAC Championship matches recently. Doane headed to Hastings College on Saturday night looking to turn in their first championship performance since 2002 and end a four-year run of second place finishes in the GPAC Tournament.
When the dust settled between the two Top 25 rivals, Doane walked away holding the championship plaque after a five-set victory over the Broncos. Hastings, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, looked dominant in set one but the 18th-ranked Tigers would not go quietly. Game scores were 14-25, 28-26, 25-20, 17-25 and 15-10.
The Broncos held a slight edge offensively, posting 61 kills with a .176 attack percentage compared to 55 kills and a .171 attack percentage for the Tigers. Hastings also had six ace serves to three for Doane. Doane held a one-block advantage in the match, 10.5-9.5. The Tigers were strongest down the stretch, posting a .389 attack percentage in game five.
Emily Max led the way for Doane with 16 kills and nine total blocks. Susan Rollman and Abby Sorensen posted 12 kills each and Ashley Axmann added 10 kills. Miranda Wisehart dished out 45 assists on the evening. Karissa Blank had two of the Tigers' ace serves.
Defensively, Julie Els and Blank were a combined 51-of-53 in serve receptions. Lindsay Coffin and Wisehart led the team with 15 digs apiece with Desiree Erikson and Blank posting 10 digs apiece.
Outside of Max at the net, Axmann had five total blocks and Sorensen finished with four assist blocks.
Hastings received a match-high 21 kills from Kendra Schwein. Shayna Schacher posted 16 kills and Haley Beardsley dished out 50 assists. Lindy Matthews had three aces serves for the Broncos.
Doane's victory snapped a 16-match win streak for the Broncos and gave the Tigers the conference's automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament. Doane will play the NAIA National Opening Round match against St. Francis (IL) at 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer Recap
Doane's women's soccer team defeated Hastings College in the championship of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Tournament.
The Tigers had not won in Hastings since 1997 while snapping a 10-game losing streak on the Broncos' home field. The win was the fourth all-time by Doane against Hastings.
Sara Cushing scored each goal for the Tigers as they defeated the Broncos, 3-0. Cushing's first goal was in the 26th minute off a pass from Ally Tamerius. Her second goal came in the 35th minute as she scored off a pass from Mia Juarez.
In the second half, Doane added an insurance goal as Cushing scored her 21st goal of the season to set a new freshman record. Meghan Voigt assisted on the final goal.
The victory gives Doane their first-ever women's soccer GPAC title and they have qualified for the NAIA National Championship. Doane will travel to Oklahoma City for the NAIA Opening Round on Saturday, November 17, with a 2 p.m start.