Central Regional Volleyball Day One Scores, All-NSIC Semifinal

WAYNE – A total of eight top 25 NCAA Division II volleyball teams put on a show for northeast Nebraskans.

From Rice Auditorium in Wayne, #1 seed (#2 DII) Wayne State College concluded with the night cap Friday evening in the NCAA Central Region Volleyball Tournament.

The Wildcats opened the round of 64 against the #8 seed (#24 DII) Harding of Arkansas.

Wayne State College picked up the sweep over Harding with scores of the match being 25-15, 25-22, 25-12. The Wildcats are now 30-2 while Harding had their 28-match win streak snapped and ended their season at 30-2.

The home victory for WSC marked their 12th this season and 13th straight since late last year.

In front of nearly 1,400 fans Wildcat junior Kelsie Cada recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs as junior Rachel Walker tallied her 13th double-double of the year with 30 assists and 14 digs to go along with four kills and a block. Sophomore Maggie Brahmer posted a team-high 12 kills (.429%) as senior Jessie Brandl finished with a team-high 17 digs.

Sophomore Taya Beller added seven kills and two blocks; junior Jordan McCormick had three kills, 13 digs and two blocks; freshman Taylor Bunjer tacked on two kills, two blocks and a dig as other digs came from sophomore Havyn Heinz (10) and sophomore Brooke Peltz (four).

Cada contributed three service aces, Heinz added two aces as Brandl and Walker both had an ace.

Wayne State College outhit Harding, .244 to .037 while also winning the block department, 6-4.

Box score.

Press conference.

Earlier in the evening #4 St. Cloud State defeated #5 Northwest Missouri State in four sets (25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21).

Afternoon matches favored #3 Minnesota Duluth winning in four sets over #6 Washburn and #2 Concordia-St. Paul survived a five set match against #7 Nebraska-Kearney.

#2 Concordia-St. Paul will open Saturday evening against #3 Minnesota Duluth at 5 p.m. Earlier this season, CSP won a five-set home match over UMD on October 15 and also swept Minnesota Duluth on November 12 in the NSIC Tournament semifinals held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The other Central Region semifinal match will showcase #4 St. Cloud State vs. #1 Wayne State College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Earlier this season, WSC swept the Huskies in St. Cloud, Minnesota on September 23. Last year, St. Cloud State ended the Wildcat season in five sets during the NSIC semifinals.

Justin Raulston will have the call with pregame show coverage set for around 7 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com.

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