WAYNE – An all-NSIC Central Region semifinal featured four DII volleyball teams rated inside the top 10.
Back at Rice Auditorium for a second straight night, Wayne State College was the host for the 2022 Division II Central Region volleyball tournament.
In Saturday’s nightcap, St. Cloud State would end the Wildcat volleyball season for the third straight season (excluding COVID year) this time in a four-set match. Scores favored the Huskies 30-28, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22. There were 16 ties and five leads changes in the first set alone.
The #5 seed (#7 DII) SCSU Huskies are now 28-5 overall winning their ninth straight match while Wayne State College, the #1 seed and #2 ranked team in DII, ends their season at 30-3. The regular season NSIC champs recorded their fourth 30-win season in program history.
Friday’s attendance was 1,388 (third largest home crowed at Rice) while Saturday’s match attendance was 1,054.
Junior Kelsie Cada recorded a team-high 18 kills to go along with eight digs; sophomore Taya Beller added 17 kills and seven blocks (two solo) as sophomore Maggie Brahmer finished with 15 kills (.483%) and four blocks. Junior Rachel Walker posted 49 assists and nine digs as senior Jessie Brandl tallied 16 digs and a kill.
Freshman Taylor Bunjer tacked on three kills, eight blocks and three digs; junior Jordan McCormick had a kill, two blocks (one solo) and 13 digs as other digs came from sophomore Havyn Heinz (nine) and sophomore Brooke Peltz (two).
Walker had the lone service ace as WSC finished with seven service errors.
SCSU outhit WSC, .294 to .270 and recorded seven service aces. The Wildcats did tally 12 team blocks compared to eight by the Huskies.
Earlier in the evening, #2 Concordia-St. Paul won a four-set match over #3 Minnesota Duluth.
The Central Region volleyball finals will feature a rematch of the NSIC Finals from last Sunday in St. Paul, Minnesota.
#2 seed (#3 DII) Concordia-St. Paul (28-5) vs. #5 seed (#7 DII) St. Cloud State (28-5) at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 in Wayne. The winner will advance to the Elite 8 National Tournament held in Seattle, Washington. On November 13, SCSU picked up a five-set victory over the Golden Bears to earn the automatic qualifying spot in the regional tournament. CSP swept the Huskies on October 14 in St. Paul, MN.