NSIC Volleyball Tournament Opening

William Anderson, Sports Writer

The Wayne State College women’s volleyball team will travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota this week to compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament.  

The Wildcats hold the number one seed with conference records of 19-1 and 29-1 overall. Their only defeat came at the hands of Southwest Minnesota State University on Oct. 22 in a 3-2 set loss which ended in the fifth set at 15-13. 

The team will be heading to the tournament having won multiple accolades this past week. The most important is the school’s first outright NSIC volleyball title, a feat the program has not accomplished since sharing the 2001 title with Southwest Minnesota State. Other Accolades include Scott Kneifl being named 2022 NSIC coach of the year and Taya Beller offensive player of the year with 410 kills.  

Five team members were named to all-conference teams including four first team selections. Maggie Brahmer repeats as a first team selection this year in which she leads the conference in hitting percentage and is second nationally in Division Two. Kelsie Cada is averaging 3.64 kills a set and has 11 double doubles this year. Beller is averaging 3.91 kills a set and earns first team honors again this year. Rachel Walker is averaging 10.73 assists a set including 48 total assists against #11 West Texas A&M. Jessie Brandl was selected to the second team as a libero averaging 4 digs per game with 19 total service aces. 

The Wildcats first round match up will be against the Augustana University Vikings who have a conference record of 11-9. The previous two matchups this season saw WSC sweep Augustana 3-0 at home and battle to a 3-1 score away. The opening game was played Friday Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.