SIOUX FALLS, SD – For the ninth straight season (2020 canceled due to COVID), the Wayne State College team has made an appearance in the NSIC Volleyball Tournament.
From the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the #4-seeded Wildcats will open with #5 Northern State Thursday evening at 5 p.m.
Pregame show coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com is set for 4:30 p.m.
WSC, ranked 15th nationally, is 21-7 overall and finished the regular season league schedule with a 14-6 mark. The Wolves are 18-10 overall this season and 13-7 in league play.
The two teams met once in the regular season with the Wildcats prevailing 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 in a match played in Wayne on October 8. The last time Wayne State and Northern State met in the NSIC Tournament came in the 2014 season when the Wildcats were the #3 seed and defeated #6 seed Northern State in Rice Auditorium in the opening round 25-10, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17.
The Wildcats will be looking for a quarterfinal round tournament victory since they last won a five set match over Minnesota Duluth in 2016.
There was no tournament in 2020 due to COVID, WSC suffered a 3-0 sweep to runner-up St. Cloud State in 2019, lost in straight sets to runner-up Southwest Minnesota State in 2018 and suffered a five-set loss to runner-up Concordia-St. Paul in 2017.
2016: WSC was swept by runner-up SMSU in the semifinal round before also losing in four sets to SMSU in the Central Regional.
2015: first round lost in four sets to UMD (lost in semis)…WSC won the NCAA Central Regional over CSP before falling in the National Semi-finals.
2014: first round won in four sets over Northern State; semifinal won in five sets over Concordia-St. Paul and were swept by UMD in finals. Lost to UMD in Central Regional.
2013: swept SMSU and then were swept by UMD in semis (UMD NSIC champs).
2012: first round lost in four sets to Northern State. Lost to CSP in Central Regional.