OMAHA, NEB. – The Hastings College Broncos showed why they are one of the top ranked teams in the country Saturday at the College of Saint Mary. The Broncos defeated CSM 3-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Hastings went to work quickly Saturday afternoon and beat the Flames by scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-15. The Broncos were ranked No. 1 in the country for a good portion of the season, but fell in the rankings to No. 4 after losing a match to Northwestern College recently.
"Hastings is a good team," CSM Coach Rick Pruett said. "We don't match up very well with teams that have that kind of size advantage against us.
"We just had too many unforced errors. We had 33 unforced errors which gives them a whole set and a half in points."
Pruett was pleased with his team's effort Saturday, despite facing one of the top teams in the GPAC.
"We tried to make shots happen that just weren't there," Pruett said. "We were almost trying too hard and that's why we had most of those errors. But I'm really happy that we came out to play."
Dani Carlson (SO/Elkhorn, Neb.) led the Flames with six kills and eight digs. Teammate Natalie Patten (SO/Council Bluffs, Iowa) had 13 assists and Emily Pongratz (SO/O'Neill, Neb.) finished with 10 digs.
"Our biggest positive today was our serve receive," Pruett said. "I think we did really well with that."
CSM falls to 1-7 GPAC, 8-10 overall with the loss. The Broncos improve to 8-1, 16-1.
The Flames return to action at 6 p.m. Monday at the University of Saint Mary in a nonconference contest.