St. PAUL, MN – Four matches went final during day one of the 2022 NSIC Volleyball Tournament.
From the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, #2 Wayne State College (top-seed of the tournament) met the #8 seed Augustana for the third time this season.
Both teams battled Friday evening and in the end favored Augie in five sets 23-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23, 15-8. The Vikings are now 20-9 (6-0 in five set matches) while WSC fell to 29-2 (3-2 in five set matches).
Kelsie Cada recorded her 14th double-double on the season with 11 kills and 13 digs while Rachel Walker posted her 12th double-double with 42 assists and 14 digs to go along with two kills and two blocks. Maggie Brahmer finished with a team-high 17 kills (.325%), six blocks (one solo) and a dig followed by Taya Beller with 16 kills (.371%), five blocks and a dig. Jessie Brandl led the team in digs with 21.
Taylor Bunjer (eight blocks/six digs) and Jordan McCormick (13 digs) each had two kills as other digs came from Brooke Peltz (three) and Havyn Heinz (two).
Heinz and Walker each had a service ace.
Augie won the hit department, .263 to .191 as Wayne State out blocked the Vikings, 11-9.
Four Vikings finished with double-doubles led by Maddy Guetter with 24 kills and 14 digs; Kate Reimann with 22 kills and 18 digs; Kia Kriener with 16 kills and 26 digs as Avery Thorson had 65 assists and 17 digs.
#2 Wayne State College (top-seed in Central Region) will await selection Sunday (November 13 at 9:30 p.m. CT) to see when they’ll play next week. #2 Concordia-St. Paul (#3 in DII) will open Saturday evening at 5 p.m. vs. #3 Minnesota Duluth (#4 in DII) followed by #5 St. Cloud State (#9 in DII) vs. #8 Augustana in the NSIC semifinals.
Other Friday NSIC Tournament scores:
#2 Concordia St. Paul (#3 in DII) swept #7 Northern State 25-21, 25-17, 25-23.
#3 Minnesota Duluth (#4 in DII) swept #6 Sioux Falls (receiving votes in DII) 25-15, 25-14, 25-21.
#5 St. Cloud State (#9 in DII) swept #4 Southwest Minnesota State (#7 in DII) 25-20, 30-28, 25-19.