HASTINGS, Neb. — The top-seeded Hastings College volleyball team will host Doane College in the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament final on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Broncos advanced with an epic battle against Midland on Thursday, winning 25-13, 22-25, 19-25, 27-25, 15-13.
After cruising through game one, the Broncos starting making some mistakes with passing and setting that opened the door for the Warriors. It continued throughout games two and three but the Broncos battled back.
After forcing game five, the fifth set went back and forth as neither team led by more than two. With the set tied at 13, Midland received a free ball but the kill attempt by Elaine Kramer went outside the antenna, setting up match point for the Broncos.
The Warriors had some trouble handling the Bronco serve and Kendra Schwein went right to work. Senior setter Haley Beardsley set her up, but Midland was able to dig the ball up only to see it go right back to the Broncos. Schwein then put away her match-high 27th kill.
Schwein also added 20 digs and four blocks while hitting .345. Kirsten Nickel had 15 kills and Shayna Schacher 13.
“Midland had some great individual efforts, but we were able to hang in there and score some big points when it counted,” coach Matt Buttermore said. “We had some great individual efforts of our own, highlighted by Kendra Schwein showing why she is one of the best players in the country.”
Doane advanced with a five-set win over Briar Cliff. The Tigers won 24-26, 27-29, 25-16, 25-20, 15-11 to raise their record to 27-8.
Susan Rollman led Doane with 27 kills while Briar Cliff was led by Monica Boeding’s 17 kills.