Walker, WSC Volleyball Featured On NSIC Spotlight

Walker, WSC Volleyball Featured On NSIC Spotlight
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WAYNE – Junior setter Rachel Walker of the top ranked Wayne State College volleyball program was highlighted by the conference during episode five of the NSIC Spotlight.

According to a release from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations, Nick Kornder, the NSIC Spotlight is the ‘Voice of the NSIC Student-Athletes’.

With redshirting and the COVID season, Walker is a fifth-year senior at WSC. She is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education majoring in K-6 Special Education.

Walker was asked what her plans are for post-Wayne State.

“I would love to be lower elementary school,” said Walker. “Kind of kindergarten is kind of my jam, I love those littles. But I also love High School special education. So, eventually I’d like to get my masters in 7-12 Special Education.”

The Lincoln Southwest High School graduate (Lincoln, NE) is among the 12-member roster for the Wildcats. WSC has matched their best start to a season (2010) with a perfect 16-0 record and are also 6-0 in league play.

Walker added their pre-season exhibition match against Kansas State on August 19 was a great opportunity for the team.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Walker added. “It was just great for us to see different line-ups, different things, people stepped up huge, we have some people in new spots. So, that was a great way to build confidence. We’re like ‘hey, if we can hang with K-State then maybe we can do some things here.’ It was just a great opportunity for us to get out on the floor and kind of get our feet wet and ready for the season.”

Walker, who has started all 16 matches and appeared in all 53 sets, averages 11.15 assists per set which is second in the conference (4th in NCAA DII) and a league-best 591 total assists.

Earlier this week sophomores Taya Beller and Maggie Brahmer garnered Player of the Week honors from the conference. Brahmer was credited with Defensive Player of the Week (Offensive Player of the Week on September 6) while Beller earned Offensive Player of the Week along with Game Changer/AVCA Division II Women’s National Player of the Week.

Walker mentioned both keep working hard and know the team has a lot of work to do still.

“Those two would say the same thing,” Walker mentioned. “They would say ‘well I get offensive player because of your sets, well I get great sets because of our passing.’ So, I think something that makes this year so special every position we do our role really well and we embrace that role.”

Brahmer (.453, 4th in NCAA DII) and Beller (.437, 7th in NCAA DII) are first and second in the conference for hitting percentage.

As a team, WSC sports a .292 hitting percentage which is second in the league while holding their opponents to .127, being first in the NSIC. Wayne State College is also the best conference team when it comes to blocks (2.47 per set) and opponent blocks (1.12 per set).

#1 Wayne State College returns to Rice Auditorium on Friday, September 30 welcoming in Bemidji State at 7 p.m. and also host Minnesota Crookston at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.

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