Nebraska Wesleyan rallied back after dropping the first two sets, but they couldn't hold on to the momentum as Doane College held on for a 3-2 victory in an intense GPAC volleyball match between old rivals on Tuesday night (Nov. 1) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
Doane won in scores of 25-20, 25-15, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9 as the Tigers extend their winning streak to 20 straight matches against Nebraska Wesleyan and end the Prairie Wolves winning streak at five.
The Tigers (26-5, 11-4 GPAC) took control early in set one and cruised to the win. They got up 20-11 and never allowed NWU to get within five in the first set.
Set two was more of the same as the Prairie Wolves never led in the set. Doane built up a 18-11 lead and won easily 25-16.
Nebraska Wesleyan showed resolve and fight in the third set. The score went back and forth until NWU got a 9-8 lead on a kill by Cody Long and never trailed again. Long pounded out back-to-back kill and four in the set to lead the Prairie Wolves to the 25-21 win.
In set four the score was tied eight times before NWU was abled to get a 16-15 lead on an attack error by the Tigers. NWU had set point 24-21 and Long got the kill to take set four and send the match to a deciding fifth set.
With set five tied at 4-4, Doane got three straight kills to lead by three and NWU couldn't recover. The Tigers took advantage of four attack errors and sealed the win with a kill by Susan Rollman.
Long had a huge match for the Prairie Wolves with 22 kills and a .298 hitting percentage. Brittnie Kreikemeier added 13 kills, while Hannah Softley had 11. Caitlin Anderson had 53 assists and 11 digs.
For Doane, Susan Rollman pounded out 21 kills with Ashley Axmann adding 19.