SEWARD, Neb. – No. 1 Midland University earned a four-set victory over (RV) Concordia University on Wednesday night behind Priscilla O’Dowd‘s 19 kills. The sophomore has floored double digit kills in every match for the Lady Warriors this season.
Midland completed the conference road win by scores of 25-16, 15-25, 25-20 and 25-20.
“I was really happy with the energy and execution we had to open the match tonight,” said head coach Paul Giesselmann. “We had a mental let down in the second set, but the team showed its resolve on the road to get the job done against a talented and athletic Concordia team. We have a quick turnaround now before our next match and will need to have a great practice tomorrow.”
O’Dowd drilled six kills in the opening game as the Warriors hit a match-best .345 to begin the night. Midland led for a majority of the set, but Concordia cut its deficit to 15-13 before the Warriors close out the win on a 10-3 run.
The Warriors let off the gas in the second set and committed nine total errors in the loss. Concordia had nearly a .400-point improvement in its attacking percentage in the game as Paige Getz and Tiegen Skains each floored five kills for the Bulldogs.
Midland responded after the break with five blocks in the third game, holding Concordia to a .139 hitting percentage. O’Dowd floored eight kills in the set.
The sophomore closed out her big night with three more kills in the fourth set andKrystina Koepke also downed a trio of kills as Midland completed its road triumph.
“KC and Jess really showed their toughness tonight,” Giesselmann said. “They were both dealing with injuries prior to the match and we weren’t sure we were going to have them out there.”
Midland improves to 19-1 (9-1 GPAC) and Concordia falls to 11-14 (3-6 GPAC).
The Warriors return home for continued conference action on Friday night in Fremont. Midland hosts Mount Marty College at the Wikert Event Center at 7:30 p.m. on Cancer Awareness Night.