Bronco volleyball sweeps Mustangs, advance to GPAC semis

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Hastings, NE -- The Hastings College volleyball team made quick work of the Morningside Mustangs on Saturday night winning in straight sets 25-13, 25-16, 25-20 in the quarterfinal round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament in Lynn Farrell Arena.

The Broncos had everyrthing clicking from the first serve of the match as Rielyn Hoffman (SR/Chandler, AZ) got things rolling with a service ace to start the match. Then Lucy Skoch (SO/Hastings, NE) crushed home three kills in a row off the Claira Thede (SO/St. Paul, NE) assists to make it 4-0 before Morningside would finally get on the board. Hastings raced out to a 7-1 lead in set one and never looked back.

Set two got off to a bit of a different start as Morningside jumped out to an early 5-4 lead before the Broncos got on a roll once again. Hastings would rattle off seven straight points highlighted by four Hoffman service aces. The Mustangs would not threaten the lead in set two has the Broncos were now up 2-0 heading into intermission.

Set three would stay tight as neither team led by more than two points all the way to a 14-13 lead for Morningside. Clare Hamburger (SR/Hastings, NE) would find Sage Meyer (SR/Bellevue, NE) on the outside for a kill. Following an error by the Mustangs, Thede would go right back to Meyer for another kill as Hastings now led 16-14.

After a Mustang timeout, Thede would then find Skoch for another kill as Hastings began to create some breathing room up 17-14.

Hastings would lead 19-16 when Ally Ginkens (JR/Mullen, NE) put one home off the Thede assist and then Emily Lenners (JR/Adams, NE) along with Skoch teamed up for a block to make it 21-16 as Hastings went on to win set three 25-20.

Skoch finished the night with a match high 14 kills while hitting .393. Meyer added 12 kills while hitting .360 and Ginkens finished with 10 kills while hitting .364.

Thede finished the night with 24 assists and Hamburger added 17. Casey Krolikowski (SR/Cairo, NE) led the Broncos with 16 digs. As a team Hastings hit .330 while Morningside finished at .111. Lenners also had her hand in on seven blocks. Hoffman led Hastings with five service aces.

Hastings improves to 19-5 on the year and will be back in action Wednesday Nov. 7 hitting the road to take on No. 9 Northwestern in the GPAC semifinals with first serve set for 7:00 p.m.