WAYNE – As members of the Wayne State College volleyball team competed in a shortened beach season, the returners along with the incoming class will look to improve on last year’s early exit from the conference tourney.
Wayne State College won 18 consecutive sets, sweeping six different opponents from November 2 – 15 before ending the regular season with a four-set loss to the regular season champion Northern State. WSC then saw their 2019 campaign come to an end after being swept by #4 St. Cloud State.
The ‘Cats ended the year 24-7 overall after finishing 14-6 in conference play earning the #5 seed in the NSIC Tourney. Two teams who had a better than .500 record were left out of the top eight who advanced to the conference tournament.
#3 Concordia-St. Paul went onto sweep SCSU in the conference finals before seeing their season end at the hands of Central Region champion and NCAA DII runner-up Nebraska-Kearney who lost to undefeated Cal State San Bernardino in the title match.
The 2020 Wayne State College volleyball schedule was recently posted as the ‘Cats are scheduled to make a trip to Golden, Colorado September 4-5 during the Colorado School of Mines Tournament and then the following week to Pensacola, Florida for the West Florida Tournament September 11 – 12.
WSC will face Colorado Christian, UC – Colorado Springs, Adelphi (N.Y.) and the host Colorado School of Mines and compete against Saint Leo (FL), Wheeling University (West Va.), Ashland (OH) as well as the host West Florida.
The conference opener will be on the road against Minnesota Duluth on September 18 and a rematch from the NSIC Tourney first round at St. Cloud State on September 19.
Throughout the league schedule, WSC will play 10 road matches and 10 home contests. Other non-conference matches for the ‘Cats include a road contest at Chadron State on October 6 and home against Mount Marty College (SD) on October 14 from Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College.
The Wayne State College volleyball team finished ranked 13th in the final AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll last season. It marked the 11th time in the past 14 seasons that the Wildcats ended the year in the national polls. Next season will mark the 16th year that Scott Kneifl will lead WSC as last year marked the 14th time he has guided the ‘Cats to 20+ victories. Through 15 seasons, coach Kneifl has accumulated a record of 368-131 overall and a 210-80 league record being the all-time winningest coach at WSC.
The inaugural 2020 beach volleyball season was shortened due to COVID-19 as the ‘Cats posted a 3-4 overall record.