OMAHA, Neb. – It wasn't easy for College of St. Mary, but the Flames completed a three-set sweep over the Waldorf College volleyball team during the final Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) match of the season on Saturday.
St. Mary (20-8, 6-2) picked up the win by scores of 25-21, 25-22, 22-18.
"Overall, it was not a bad match," Waldorf coach Paul Meyer said. "We just couldn't get any consistency going."
Waldorf's Briley Sullivan, a freshman libero, recorded a team-high 21 digs. Palmer finished with six digs.
The Warriors closed out the match with five total blocks, receiving two block assists apiece from freshman Brook Groe and junior Genie Payne. There were chances for Waldorf's defense to capitalize throughout the contest.
"Defensively, we had too many opportunities to make plays that we just didn't get to," Meyer said.
A solid serve receive wasn't enough for the Warriors to match the Flames. Waldorf finished with a .071 team hitting percentage. St. Mary hit .202 en route to its fourth straight victory.
"Our serve receive and side offense was OK, but overall we can't hit .071 and beat a team like St. Mary," Meyer said.
After a slow start to the year, the Warriors have found their rhythm down the stretch. They won 12 of their final 20 matches of the season and are now preparing for the MCAC Tournament on Nov. 14-15. Waldorf's conference tournament opponent and the opening-round match's location have not yet been announced.
"We are so close to getting over the top," Meyer said. "We are doing a lot of things well. We will just make a few adjustments, work hard this week and get after it at the conference tourney next week."