|Final - Women's Volleyball||1||2||3||4||5||F|
|Missouri Valley ( 21-4, 9-1 Heart)||28||25||21||17||17||3|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa) (10-10, 5-6 Heart)||26||20||25||25||15||2|
|Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Missouri Valley||Indv. Leaders||Mount Mercy (Iowa)|
|#26 Dakota Santore - 20||Kills||#21 Vik Meade - 17|
|#12 Deborah Constanzo - 5||Blocks||#7 Maddie Bell - 5|
|#6 Madison Sherman - 41||Digs||#6 Lauren Stopko - 24|
|#11 Sarah Mueller - 3||Aces||#6 Lauren Stopko - 2|
|Missouri Valley||Team Statistics||Mount Mercy (Iowa)|
|Final - Women's Volleyball||1||2||3||4||5||F|
|Central Methodist (Mo.) (13-9, 7-4 Heart)||19||25||25||23||15||3|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa) (10-11, 5-7 Heart)||25||20||14||25||11||2|
|Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Central Methodist (Mo.)||Indv. Leaders||Mount Mercy (Iowa)|
|#9 Destiny Vaden - 15||Kills||#19 Olivia Coe - 13|
|2 Players (#11,#18) - 5||Blocks||#21 Vik Meade - 6|
|#21 Darcy Latham - 17||Digs||2 Players (#6,#14) - 21|
|2 Players (#8,#9) - 4||Aces||3 Players - 1|
|Central Methodist (Mo.)||Team Statistics||Mount Mercy (Iowa)|
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team was back in action on their home floor this weekend for a pair of Heart of America Athletic Conference matches. Their first contest was against 22nd-ranked and second in the league Missouri Valley, followed by a match against Central Methodist (Mo.).
- The Mustangs forced a fifth set with Missouri Valley (23-4, 10-1 Heart) after being down two sets to none on Friday evening before coming up short, 26-28, 20-25, 25-21. 25-17, 17-15.
- Mount Mercy and Central Methodist (13-9, 7-4 Heart) also went to five sets on Saturday afternoon, with the Eagles coming out on top (25-19, 20-25, 14-25, 25-23, 11-15).
- The Mustangs are 2-3 in five-set matches this season. All three of those losses have been against conference opponents (Peru State, Missouri Valley, Central Methodist).
- Mount Mercy falls to 10-11 on the season and 5-7 in conference play, keeping them in eighth place in the Heart.
- Mount Mercy out-played Missouri Valley, but the Vikings won the crucial points. Both teams had 64 kills, but the Mustangs had a .194 attack percentage compared to the Vikings' .160. Mount Mercy also had a better attack percentage than Central Methodist (.169 to .161) but the Eagles had a two-kill advantage.
- The Mustangs had more blocks than both the Vikings and Eagles. On Friday, Mount Mercy racked up 11 team blocks to Missouri Valley's seven. The Mustangs had one more block than the Eagles on Saturday afternoon (9-8).
- The Vikings had a two-assist (61-59) and four-dig (106-102) advantage over the Mustangs. On Saturday, the assists favored the Eagles (53-49) while the Mustangs had two more digs (79-77).
- Vik Meade had a career-high 17 kills against Missouri Valley and she followed that up with nine more against Central Methodist. She also totaled three solo blocks and seven block assists between the two matches.
- Olivia Coe, who had reached double-digit kills in four of her last five matches, had 16 on Friday and 13 on Saturday.
- Maddie Bell recorded her sixth-straight double-digit kill performance with 13 against the Vikings and 11 more against the Eagles. She had one solo block and seven block assists on the weekend.
- Becca Thomson finished the weekend with back-to-back double-doubles. She had 11 kills and 16 digs followed by 12 kills and 21 digs.
- Kayla Daggett had 97 assists over the two-match span with a career-high 55 against Missouri Valley. She also added 11 and nine digs respectively.
- The defense was carried by Lauren Stopko, who had 45 total digs (24, 21), Caiti Peterson had 24 (16, 8) and Gabi Delsing added 17 (14, 3).
How It Happened
- The first set against Missouri Valley set the tone for the remainder of the weekend, proving we were in for two great matches. The Vikings took set one, 28-26, despite Mount Mercy having three more kills and a better hitting percentage.
- The Vikings had their highest hitting percentage of the match in set two (.343), which resulted in 15 kills and a 2-0 lead in the match.
- Missouri Valley started the third set on an 8-3 run and looked like they were going to sweep Mount Mercy, but the Mustangs weren't giving in that easily. Mount Mercy would come back to tie it, 9-9, and even though there were eight ties in the set, the Mustangs never surrendered the lead, forcing a fourth set.
- The Mustang momentum carried over into set four as they built a nine-point lead at 21-12. The Vikings only hit .019 and didn't have an answer for the Mustang offense.
- The fifth set featured 20 ties and neither team was able to build more than a two-point lead. Mount Mercy had match point but couldn't convert and the 22nd-ranked Vikings narrowly escaped the Mustangs comeback.
- Mount Mercy knew they played a very good match Friday night and came back on Saturday with a hot start in set one, defeating Central Methodist, 25-19. The Mustangs hit .333 and had 18 kills compared to 12 for the Eagles.
- Central Methodist proceeded to take sets two and three as the Mustangs hit just .111 in the two sets.
- There were 17 ties in the fourth set, but despite that, Mount Mercy was able to create a six-point advantage. The Eagles roared back to tie it at 20-20. An Alyssa Weldon kill followed by three Central Methodist attack errors gave the Mustangs the win, forcing a fifth set for the second day in a row.
- Mount Mercy scored the first point of set five, but the Eagles built a four-point lead (8-4) and forced the Mustangs to play from behind. Mount Mercy got within three points on six occasions, but couldn't close the Central Methodist gap while suffering their second-straight, five-set heartbreak, 15-11.
- "We made too many errors today (Saturday). I felt like we looked really good in the first set, but we weren't consistent in the second set. Defensively we needed to make a play, and we didn't make as many plays as we did last night and that's why we came out on the short end of the stick." – Deb Marlin
- "We are deep, we can rotate people in and out when needed. The girls need to understand that we need to use the this to our strength. We need to be willing to let everyone step up and be a leader on any given night." – Deb Marlin
- "We can use these losses to focus on our errors and make sure we are identifying our weak points that they are capitalizing on. Then we can close those up and focus on the offense and scoring points." – Vik Meade
- Mount Mercy will be back home for the fourth and final match of this homestand on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. contest against Peru State (Neb.) (9-12, 7-5 Heart). The Mustangs and Bobcats went five sets in their first meeting of the season on Sept. 5 in Peru, Neb.