MSU beats Upper Iowa behind Olson and Schindler’s performance
Jenna Peterson Staff Writer
The Minnesota State women’s volleyball team traveled to Fayette, Iowa to take on the No. 19 Upper Iowa Peacocks Tuesday. Even though both teams gave their all and fought hard to the end, the Mavericks wound up taking the win and continued their winning streak to three games.
The Peacocks took an early three-point lead in the first set, but it didn’t take long for the Mavericks to jump in with a pair of 3-0 runs. Following this, MSU had four service aces to take a 16-13 lead, causing Upper Iowa to take their first timeout. Although the Peacocks tried to make a comeback after their timeout, the Mavericks were stronger and won the set 25-22.
The beginning of the second set was evenly matched, but after a pair of power kills from senior Morgan Olson, the Mavericks were able to take a 15-11 lead. MSU’s defense was too forceful for Upper Iowa and they won set number two with a score of 25-19.
Upper Iowa wasted no time in the third set and took the lead right away due to their strong serve game. The Mavericks did everything they could to take back the lead but ultimately fell short. The Peacocks won the third set with a score of 25-18.
After losing the third set, the Mavericks quickly came up with a plan to take the game back. They were able to start the fourth set with a 9-3 run, resulting in the Peacocks to never come back with a lead. MSU won the last set 25-18.
Olson finished the game with a match leading 19 kills on only 30 attempts, while sophomore Dana Schindler led with 46 assists and 11 digs.
All together as a team, the Mavericks listed nine service aces, with four of them from freshman Jessica Nelson.
The Mavericks will head to Bismarck, North Dakota on Friday to take on University of Mary. They will then travel to Minot, North Dakota on Saturday to play Minot State.
Header photo: Minnesota State outside hitter Morgan Olson (10) celebrates after scoring a point against the Minnesota-Duluth at the Taylor Center Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Mankato, Minn. (Mansoor Ahmad/MSU Reporter)