Morningside climbed into fifth place in the GPAC volleyball standings with a 25-22, 27-29, 25-22, 25-22 victory against Dakota Wesleyan on Tuesday in Mitchell, S.D.
It was Morningside’s second victory against Dakota Wesleyan this season after it swept the Tigers 3-0 earlier this month in Sioux City.
The Mustangs raised their record to 12-4 overall and 4-3 in the GPAC.
Dakota Wesleyan won a 29-27 marathon second set and threated to go up two sets to one when it opened a 16-10 lead in the third set before the Mustangs rallied to take the set.
Jenn Buyert paced the Mustangs’ attack with a match-high 19 kills for the team’s top individual total of the season and her team-high 11th double figure performance of the season. She had one of her most proficient attacking efforts of the campaign with a .326 hitting percentage.
Freshman Brittni Olson also had a big night on the attack with 12 kills and only two errors in 26 attack attempts for a .385 hitting percentage.
Jayde Bergmann added 12 kills to join Buyert and Olson in double figures. It was Begmann’s fourth straight outing in double figures.
Morgan Whitehead added seven kills behind a .357 hitting percentage and Emma Gerber also had seven kills.
Nikki Oberfoell led the Mustangs’ defensive court coverage with 19 digs for her 15th double figure total of the season. She was joined in double figures by Morgan Gourley with 12 digs, Katie Kuck with 11, and Callie Alberico with 11.
Alberico, who gave the Mustangs her second straight double figure dig performance, also dealt 27 assists to help ignite the Mustangs’ attack. Gabby Roe added 20 assists.
The Mustangs, one of the top blocking teams in the NAIA, made another solid showing at the net with 13 blocks. Ashley Vande Stouwe led the way with 10 block assists, followed by Bergmann with seven block assists.
Morningside will step outside of conference play with a 6 p.m. home match against Grace on Friday.