Wayne State Volleyball Finish Season 29-1, Clinch NSIC Regular Season Title

William Anderson, Sports Writer

The Wayne State College Wildcats volleyball team won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC) regular season title defeating the Concordia St. Paul Golden Bears three sets to two.  

Entering the game, the Wildcats had already cliched a share of the title with Concordia by defeating Minnesota State – Mankato three sets to one the night before. With 21 kills from Taya Beller, 14 digs by Jesse Brandl and 34 total errors by the Golden Bears, the Wildcats capitalized on their opponents’ mistakes to win the league.  

This caps off a historic regular season setting new school records in total wins at 29 and games won in succession at 24. On top of this, Head Coach Scott Kneifl won NSIC head coach of the year and Beller offensive player of the year with 410 total kills. The team ranked number one in the nation for the second time in program history and held on to that ranking for four consecutive weeks. As it stands, they are first in line for a trip to the NCAA Division 2 Tournament with the latest Central region rankings.  

Our team is just trying to concentrate on one game at a time,” Kneifl said. “The most important game of the season is always the next one we play; you must bring it every day in this league, or you could lose. We are excited for the post season but need to concentrate on the opponent across the net from us every time we step on the floor no matter who it is.” 

The Wildcats hold the number one seed heading into the conference tournament and will play Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. against Augustana University. They swept the Vikings 3-1 earlier in the season.