Eagles win on Senior Night



     Midland made the most of its volleyball Senior Night Sept. 30 in Wyoming, scoring a victory over Bellevue Marquette in four sets, 27-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18.

     “In our final home match of the season, we played some of the best volleyball we have this season,” Midland coach Gennifer Schroeder said. “I was beyond impressed with how the girls were able to really settle into a new rotation and play through four sets. There was so much energy from both student sections, which really catapulted the girls into keeping their energy up; something we’ve struggled with this year.”

     The Eagles (1-4, 3-27) totaled 41 kills, led by Anna Bartels with 11, Jaden Gatts with eight, Allison Paulsen with seven and Elizabeth Soper with six. Gracie Franzen put up 24 assists.

     Midland had 38 digs, led by Gracie Harrington with 17. Allison Paulsen served 20-for-20 with four aces, and Bartels was eight for nine with four aces. Bailie Uppena served 15-for-16.

     The team honored its three seniors, Allison Paulsen, Uppena and Soper, before the match.

     Earlier in the week, the Eagles traveled to Lisbon and lost in three sets, 11-25, 8-25, 11-25. Uppena had three kills, and Franzen had eight assists. Allison Paulsen and Franzen had three digs apiece.

     “It’s tough to go into the Lions’ Den at Lisbon and battle through three sets against a really tough team, but the girls were able to work on everything they could, and it showed,” coach Schroeder said.



     Midland scored 48 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to break open a close game, and finished with a 62-12 win over Central Elkader Oct. 1 in Elkader.

     The Eagles (3-2, 3-4) led 14-12 after one quarter, but scored 24 points in each of the next two periods.

     Quarterback Caden Ballou completed four of five passes for 181 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those went to Jamisen Dodge, who had three catches for 144 yards. Cayden Miller also caught a touchdown pass on a 37-yard play. Miller was the leading rusher, with seven carries for 102 yards and two scores. Garrett Eubanks had four carries for 80 yards and two scores.

     Defensively, Dodge had an interception. Leading tacklers were Shayden Hansen with eight, Miller with seven, Kaleb Westphal and Eubanks with six apiece, and Dodge with 5.5.



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