#15 Wayne State College Improves To 8-0, Sweeps #6 Concordia-St. Paul In Premier Challenge Championship

#15 Wayne State College Improves To 8-0, Sweeps #6 Concordia-St. Paul In Premier Challenge Championship
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

DENVER, CO – After posting a 2-0 record during day one of the Colorado Premier Challenge on Friday, #15 Wayne State College went back to work with a pair of top 15 programs on Saturday.

From the Auraria Event Center in Denver, Colorado, WSC competed against #12 West Texas A&M and #6 Concordia-St. Paul.

Wayne State picked up the five-set victory over West Texas A&M (25-22, 13-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-7) and then rallied in the third set to sweep #6 CSP (25-17, 25-23, 25-23).

The Wildcats are now 8-0 on the season. West Texas A&M fell to 5-2 earlier in the day while the Golden Bears dropped to 7-1.

Four Wayne State players were named to the Colorado Premier Challenge All-Tournament Team. Sophomore middle hitter Maggie Brahmer was selected Most Valuable Player while junior setter Rachel Walker, junior outside hitter Kelsie Cada and sophomore middle hitter Taya Beller were named to the All-Tournament Team.

In the victory over West Texas A&M, Maggie Brahmer recorded a double-double with 20 kills and 10 blocks, Kelsie Cada added a double-double with 16 kills and 20 digs to go along with two blocks (one solo) as Taya Beller tacked on 14 kills and two blocks (one solo).

Rachel Walker posted 48 set assists, nine digs, three kills and two blocks.

Taylor Bunjer had four digs, three kills and six blocks, Jordan McCormick tallied 18 digs, two kills and two blocks as other digs came from Havyn Heinz (15) and Jessie Brandl (13).

Service aces came from Cada, Walker, McCormick and Peltz all with one.

WSC was outhit by West Texas A&M, .181 to .164 but won the team block total, 14-13.


During the sweep against the Golden Bears, WSC was down 19-13 in set three before winning by two.

Cada posted a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs followed by Beller with 14 kills and two blocks. Walker had 40 set assists, seven digs, two blocks (one solo) and a kill while Heinz collected a team-high 14 digs to go along with two service aces.

Brahmer added nine kills; McCormick finished with three kills, seven digs and a block as Bunjer tallied two kills. Other digs came from Brandl (12) and Peltz (two).

Wayne State outhit the Golden Bears, .301 to .188 as both teams finished with six blocks each.

The Wayne State College volleyball team will conclude non-conference play on Monday, September 5 at 2 p.m. visiting Chadron State College. WSC and the Golden Bears will open the NSIC with a top 15 showdown on Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m. from Rice Auditorium.