Morningside’s volleyball team swept both of its Friday opponents at the College of Saint Mary Tournament in Omaha, Neb., when it trounced Valley City State 25-17, 25-15, 25-16 and then toppled Waldorf 25-19, 25-13, 25-20.
The two victories raised the Mustangs’ early season record to 8-1 to match their entire victory output from last season’s 8-20 campaign.
The Mustangs will face College of Saint Mary and Mayville State in Saturday’s tournament action.
Morningside dominated the Vikings in every facet of the match. The Mustangs finished with a .272 hitting percentage compared to a .034 hitting clip for Valley City State. Morningside riddled the Vikings with seven ace serves while holding its opponent to no ace serves.
Ashley Vande Stouwe was the Mustangs’ top performer at the net. She led the winning attack with seven kills and only one error in 10 attack attempts for a .600 hitting percentage and also paced the Mustangs’ front row defense with five block assists.
Brittni Olson and Jayde Bergmann were right behind with six kills each along with hitting percentages of .500 and .333, respectively. Morgan Whitehead added five kills and a .300 hitting percentage.
Morgan Gourley led the Mustangs at the service line with three aces to go along with nine digs.
Nikki Oberfoell paced the Mustangs’ defensive court coverage with 12 digs.
Mustang setters Taylor Ferguson and Callie Alberico dealt 19 and 11 assists, respectively.
The Mustangs had a .287 hitting percentage and committed only one serve receiving error in their sweep of Waldorf.
Bergmann paced the Mustangs’ attack with a match-high 10 kills to go along with a .381 hitting percentage. The other key contributors in the Mustangs’ attack were Jenn Buyert with eight kills and Whitehead, Olson, and Vande Stouwe, all with six.
Alberico helped ignited the Mustangs’ attack with a match-high 21 assists, followed by Ferguson with 11.
The Mustangs’ other leaders were Oberfoell with 12 digs, Olson with one solo block and six block assists, and Gourley with two ace serves.