Nebraska Wesleyan narrowly escaped with a 3-2 victory over Concordia University on Tuesday night (Oct. 17) in GPAC volleyball action at the Walz Complex in Seward, Neb. NWU won in scores of 25-14, 22-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13.
The Prairie Wolves (11-10, 5-4 GPAC) dominated the first set as they pounded out 15 kills, compared to only three for the Bulldogs.
It looked as if NWU would run away with the match and sweep Concordia after the first set. However, a rash of errors haunted the Prairie Wolves and allowed Concordia in the match. The Bulldogs would take the next two sets as NWU had 16 attack errors in those two sets, while Concordia had just 16 total kills.
NWU finally got the ship turned in the fourth set to force a fifth and deciding set five. Set five went back and forth, with NWU finally overpowering the Bulldogs in the end.
Four players had double digit kills for Nebraska Wesleyan as the Prairie Wolves pounded out 70 total kills, compared to just 25 total kills for Concordia. It was the errors that hurt the Prairie Wolves as they had 30 attack errors, eight service errors and two reception errors.
Katelyn Walsh had another big match for NWU with 19 kills. Cody Long and Cicely Batie had 14 kills, while Karny Kuehl added 11.
The Prairie Wolves have a pair of home matches this weekend for Homecoming as they host Dakota Wesleyan on Friday night and Morningside College on Saturday night.