SIOUX FALLS, SD – NSIC volleyball teams were narrowed down into the semifinal field with four quarterfinal matches Thursday.
From the Sandford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, #4 Wayne State College (#15 nationally) took on #5 Northern State.
For a third time since 2012, WSC and Northern State have met in the NSIC Tournament with the previous two matches going four sets (NSU winning in 2012/WSC winning in 2014).
The Wildcats utilized service aces with 12 total aces and won the four set match over Northern State (25-22, 25-10, 20-25, 25-18). WSC is now 22-7 while Northern State fell to 18-11.
Earlier this season, the ‘Cats swept Northern State on October 8 in Wayne.
The win marked the first time WSC has advanced to the semifinal round since 2016.
Taya Beller tied a career-high with 16 kills (two blocks/three digs), followed by Jazlin DeHaan who added 12 kills (one block/four digs), Kelsie Cada recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs (one block) as Maggie Brahmer finished with 10 kills on a .500 attack percentage with one block and one dig.
Rachel Walker dished out 46 assists with two kills and eight digs as Elly Larson added five kills and four digs. Jordan McCormick paced WSC in digs with 13, Lauren Jacobsen (who was recognized with the NSIC Elite 18 Award for having the highest cumulative GPA participating at the final site for all NSIC Championships with a 4.00) tacked on 10 digs and Jessie Brandl totaled eight digs.
McCormick and Cada both took control at the service stripe with three aces, Beller and Walker each added a service ace and Jacobsen and DeHaan both had one ace.
Wayne State College outhit Northern State, .309 to .250.
WSC finished with 12 aces compared to two from NSU, the Wolves had 10 service errors to five from the ‘Cats. Northern State out blocked Wayne State, 7-3.
Northern State was led by Sally Gaul with 18 kills and Taylor Buckley with 15 kills.
Friday night will feature NSIC Volleyball Tournament semifinal matches.
#2 Winona State will open with #6 Augustana at 4:30 p.m. followed by #4 Wayne State College vs. #1 St. Cloud State at 7 p.m. The NSIC Championship match will be on Saturday, November 20 at 3 p.m. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from the Pentagon.
NSIC Quarterfinal results:
#2 Winona State (#8 nationally) won in four sets over #7 Upper Iowa (receiving votes), 25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19
#6 Augustana won in four sets over #3 Concordia-St. Paul (#13 nationally), 17-25, 34-32, 25-13, 25-23 (first win over CSP since 1988 for Augie).
#4 Wayne State College (#15 nationally) won in four sets over #5 Northern State, 25-22, 25-10, 20-25, 258-18).
#1 St. Cloud State (#11 nationally) swept #8 Southwest Minnesota State (#16 nationally), 25-20, 25-13, 25-19.