SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Eighth-ranked Hastings College snapped Bellevue University’s 13-match winning streak, posting a 25-13, 25-19, 25-21 victory in pool play Wednesday night at the NAIA championships.
GPAC Player of the Year Kendra Schwein paced the Broncos with 21 kills and eight digs.
Bellevue’s Jordan Broady recorded her team-high 17th double-double, posting 21 assists and 10 kills. Annie Benson led the Bruins with 12 kills and seven digs.
After scoring the first point, the Bruins never led again as the Broncos hit .483 with a pair of blocks en route to a 25-13 win in the opening set.
The Broncos used an early 9-4 run to take an 11-6 advantage in the second set. After BU pulled within 20-18, HC responded by scoring five of the final six points to win 25-19. The Broncos notched five blocks as the Bruins were plagued by 10 hitting errors.
After three-straight points gave BU an 8-7 lead, the Broncos answered back by scoring four the next five points to take an 11-9 advantage. With the game tied at 19-all, HC ended the match on a 6-2 run.
Hastings coach Matt Buttermore was impressed by the focus of his team.
“We have a very tough team here,” Buttermore said. “To come out focused the way we did tonight was good to see, and they earned a great postseason win against a team that’s well coached and been on a roll lately.”
Hastings also finished the match with nine blocks and a hitting percentage just under .300.
Hastings stays alive for the elimination round and will take on Embry-Riddle (0-2 in the tournament) Thursday at 8 p.m.
Bellevue’s Broady and Sydney DeBoer were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-West Central Region first team.
Buttermore was named the region’s coach of the year. The Broncos’ Schwein was chosen as the player of the year.
Hastings’ Shayna Schacher and Haley Beardsley also were named to the first team.
Morningside evens record at 1-1
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Morningside battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat 12th-ranked Indiana University East 25-23, 13-25, 25-27, 25-20, 16-14 in Wednesday’s pool play action at the NAIA volleyball tournament.
The victory evened the Mustangs’ pool play record at 1-1 and put them in a position to advance to the weekend’s single-elimination bracket if they can knock off No. 13 Georgetown College in Thursday’s pool play finale scheduled for 5:45 p.m.
The Mustangs slammed a season’s high 73 kills in the victory, including a team-high 18 terminations from Briana Schaeuble. Schaeuble was one of four Mustangs to amass a double figure kill total. Gabi French, Anastasia Ott, and Maggie Vondrak joined Schaeuble in double figures with 16, 15, and 15 kills, respectively.