WAYNE – A northeast Nebraska high school standout and member of the Wayne State College volleyball team was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, Maggie Brahmer put on a show for five matches over the Labor Day weekend.
Brahmer, a 6-0 sophomore middle hitter from Pierce (Pierce HS), was named Most Valuable Player of the Colorado Premier Challenge Friday and Saturday in Denver after averaging 3.33 kills and 1.27 blocks per set with a .467 hitting percentage. She helped WSC to a 4-0 record with three wins over top 15 teams and the Colorado Premier Challenge title followed by a 3-0 sweep on Labor Day Monday afternoon at Chadron State.
Her top match came Saturday morning vs. #12 West Texas A&M where Brahmer had a career-high 20 kills and matched a career-best with 10 blocks in a 3-2 win over the Lady Buffs. She also had 13 kills and seven blocks in a 3-1 Friday win over Azusa Pacific and added 12 kills in Monday’s 3-0 sweep at Chadron State.
For the season, Brahmer leads the NSIC with a .483 hitting percentage and ranks ninth in the league in both kills per set (3.33) and blocks per set (1.07).
Another Wildcat listed as a top performer from the league was Junior setter Rachel Walker (Lincoln, NE) who was named to the Colorado Premier Challenge All-Tournament Team. She was credited with a weekend-best 48 assists with nine digs in Saturday’s 3-2 win over #12 West Texas A&M. The Lincoln Southwest graduate also handed out 40 assists in 3-0 win over #6 Concordia-St. Paul in Saturday’s title match; had two double-doubles of 37 assists and 11 digs Friday in 3-1 win over Azusa Pacific and 33 assists with 11 digs in Monday’s 3-0 win at Chadron State.
#5 Wayne State College is 9-0 on the season and opens NSIC play at home this weekend hosting #3 Concordia-St. Paul Friday at 6 p.m. and Minnesota State Saturday at 1 p.m.
The NSIC Defensive Player of the Week was senior Erika Bute from Augustana and for the second straight week the NSIC Setter of the Week was sophomore Teagan Starkey from Concordia-St. Paul.