The Raider volleyball team had a series of great matches in the past week as it approached the end of the regular season.
On Wednesday night, the Raiders traveled to Sioux City, where they came away with a big road win against Morningside College. NW finished off the Mustangs in four games and won 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20). This advanced the team’s record to 7-5 in the GPAC, 18-8 overall.
The team was led once again by sophomore hitter Kaitlin Floerchinger, who had 15 kills on the night, the 13th time she has hit double digits this season. Freshman hitter Karlie Schut ended the match with 11 kills and three blocks. Senior hitter Jaci Moret hit .200 and had nine kills for the match.
As a whole, NW hit .188 for the match and had two players, Schut and senior defensive specialist Heather Goehring, perfect on their serves.
Freshman setter Madeline Hanno lofted up 19 assists as well.
“We passed and set well,” said head coach Kyle Van Den Bosch. “The girls at the net also finished points well.”
This past Saturday featured a five-game loss to No. 17 Doane in Crete, Neb. NW showed a lot of heart and talent by taking the nationally ranked team to five games and losing the last game 10-15.
“It was an excellent showing against a good team,” Van Den Bosch said.
The team was led again by Floerchinger, who had nine kills and 17 assists. Another impressive performance came from sophomore libero Alexis Bart who served 19-19 on the day.
Schut and junior middle hitter Megan Hutson each had eight kills on the night, and Moret had seven. Schut also had six blocks at the net, and Hutson had five.
NW’s next match will be home against Hastings for Senior/Parents night at 3 p.m. tomorrow.