Nebraska Wesleyan recorded their biggest victory in the Coach Rayna Cain era on Tuesday night as the Prairie Wolves defeated rival Doane College, 3-1, in GPAC volleyball action. The win snapped a 20-game losing streak for NWU against Doane as it was the first time the Prairie Wolves have defeated the 14th-ranked Tigers in volleyball since 2001.
Nebraska Wesleyan won in scores of 29-27, 25-20, 22-25, 26-24 for the upset victory. NWU improves to 8-7 overall, 3-4 in GPAC while the Tigers fall to 18-6, 5-2 GPAC.
Set one set the tone for the entire match. NWU built up a 9-3 lead early in the set but Doane rallied back and took a 11-10 lead. They built the lead up to four points and Doane eventually had two set points in the first set. A kill by Cody Long and a kill by Cicely Batie pulled NWU within 25-24. The Prairie Wolves had two set points of their own and eventually won 29-27 on two straight kills by Karny Kuehl.
NWU jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second set and never trailed as they went on to earn a 25-20 win in the second set.
Doane showed why they are nationally-ranked as they took control in the third set with a 8-3 lead. NWU rallied back and tied the match at 13-13. It went back and forth and NWU actually led 20-18. Doane then scored seven of the next nine points to win 25-22 and set the match to the forth set.
Upsets are never easy and that was the case in the fourth set for NWU. The Prairie Wolves once again jumped ahead early leading 6-2. They led 20-15 on a kill by Hannah Softley then had their first set point at 24-19. Doane scored five straight points to tie it at 24-24. A kill by Karny Kuehl put NWU up by one, then the match came to a dramatic end with a service ace by Emma Hybl.
NWU controlled the net with 13 total blocks led by Hannah Softley with seven blocks. Cicely Batie and Kuehl each had six blocks. Four different NWU players had double digit kills led by Kuehl with 14. Katelyn Walsh had 13, Softley 12 and Batie 11.
Doane was led by Susan Rollman with 19 kills.
Courtesy: NWU Sports Information