Union vs Hastings NAIA volleyball

Hastings' Logan Drueppel has her hit blocked by Union's Jenna Nelson (left) and Maddie Jergesen during the opening round of pool play at the NAIA volleyball championships Tuesday at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Maci Coffey had 10 kills and Shayla Wichmann added eight kills and five blocks to help lead No. 15 Doane to a 25-14, 25-19, 25-22 sweep of Carroll (Montana) during the first day of pool play at the NAIA volleyball championships Tuesday in Sioux City, Iowa.

Crete graduate Kaitlin Bradley had eight kills and 10 digs, and the Tigers took advantage of eight serving aces to improve to 24-6.

The Tigers hit .287 for the match, and Carroll hit .115.

Doane trailed 12-11 in the first set, but a kill from Wichmann, a Palmer graduate, began a 14-2 Tiger run to end the set.

That momentum carried into set two, as the Tigers jumped to a 6-2 lead. Back-to-back kills by Wichmann ended the set.

Carroll pulled within 20-19 in the third, but kills from Lincoln North Star graduate Katie Hitz and Shelbi Mylnczak pushed the lead to three, and Alexis Dale sealed the win with a kill.

Doane will play College of the Ozarks (Missouri) at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and No. 2 Viterbo (Wisconsin) at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Viterbo swept Ozarks on Tuesday.

No. 3 Hastings 3, Union (Ky.) 0: Katie Placke had eight kills and three serving aces to lead the No. 3 Broncos to a 25-13, 25-14, 25-15 sweep in Pool C.

The Broncos (27-3) went on an 8-1 run to close out the first set, took set two thanks to a 7-2 run, and used an 11-3 run to take control in the clinching set.

Placke hit .615 for the match. Casey Krolikowski added seven kills, and Sage Meyer and Logan Druepel each had six.

Hastings will play No. 19 Jamestown (North Dakota) at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Midland 3, Mobile (Ala.) 0: KC Heinemann had 12 kills, two blocks and four digs to help Midland sweep Mobile 25-17, 25-11, 25-13 in Pool E. 

The Warriors moved to 27-3 on the season, taking over in set two with a 7-0 run and set three with a 8-0 run. Midland hit .380 for the match.

Priscilla O'Dowd contributed 11 kills and four blocks and Jenny Bair added 7 kills, hitting .545.

Midland will face fellow Nebraska team Bellevue at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Oklahoma City 3, Bellevue 1: Oklahoma City beat Bellevue 25-15, 25-18, 19-25, 25-20 with the help of 12 kills and 8 digs from Marijana Bjelobrk. 

Bellevue fought back to take the third set after dropping the first two, but Oklahoma City held on. 

Pakalana Helekahi had 15 kills to lead Bellevue.

Bellevue will continue pool play against Midland at 5 p.m. Wednesday.


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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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