Wayne State Volleyball Concludes Non-Conference Play With Road Sweep, #5 WSC Receiving Five First Place Votes

CHADRON – After winning the gold bracket of the Colorado Premier Challenge in Denver, Colorado, #5 Wayne State College concluded their non-conference schedule on the way back east.

From the Chicoine Center in Chadron, WSC visited Chadron State College Monday afternoon.

The Wildcats jumped ahead early and swept the Eagles 25-11, 25-13, 25-10. WSC is now 9-0 on the season.

Taya Beller posted a team-high 16 kills with a .714 attack percentage to go along with three blocks followed by Maggie Brahmer with 12 kills (.521%) and a dig. Rachel Walker recorded a double-double with 33 set assists and 11 digs to go along with four kills and a block while Jessie Brandl led the team in digs with 13.

Kelsie Cada added eight kills and 11 digs; Taylor Bunjer finished with three kills, three blocks (one solo) and two digs as Isabelle Vacek had one kill. Other digs came from Jordan McCormick (11) and Havyn Heinz (10).

Ally Beresford, Heinz, Cada and Walker all had one service ace.

Wayne State outhit Chadron State, .343 to .039 and 7-4 in total blocks.

 

Week two AVCA DII Coaches’ Poll was also released Monday afternoon where #5 Wayne State College moved up 10 spots. WSC is also receiving five first place votes.

Tampa (40 first place votes) remained at the top spot with their 7-0 record while #8 West Florida and #9 Southwest Minnesota State were also receiving first place votes.

Four of the top 10 teams are from the NSIC.

Other NSIC ranked teams include #3 Concordia-St. Paul (7-1, up three spots); #6 St. Cloud State (8-0, up two spots); #9 Southwest Minnesota State (8-0, up four spots); #14 Minnesota Duluth (8-0, up seven spots) and #24 Augustana (8-0, not rated previously). Winona State (previously #25) fell out of rankings but are still receiving votes along with Northern State.

#5 Wayne State College volleyball team will next open NSIC play hosting #3 Concordia-St. Paul (a rematch from Saturday’s championship match in Colorado). The Wayne State volleyball home opener from Rice Auditorium is scheduled for Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m. as WSC will also welcome in Minnesota State-Mankato at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

 

AVCA DIVISION II COACHES POLL:
SEPT. 5, 2022

Rank School (First-Place Votes Adjusted) Total Points Adjusted 2022 Record Previous Week
1 Tampa (40) 1152 7-0 1
2 Washburn 1101 8-0 2
3 Concordia-St. Paul* 1048 7-1 6
4 MSU Denver 972 7-1 4
5 Wayne State [Neb.] (5)* 952 8-0 15
6 St Cloud State* 934 8-0 8
7 Nebraska-Kearney 829 9-0 9
8 West Florida (1) 785 6-2 5
9 Southwest Minnesota St. (1)* 766 8-0 13
10 Cal St. San Bernardino 747 6-1 7
11 Western Washington 734 5-3 3
12 NW Missouri State 707 6-2 10
13 West Texas A&M 560 5-3 12
14 Minnesota Duluth* 525 8-0 21
15 Colorado School of Mines 370 5-3 14
16 Alaska-Anchorage 358 10-1 20
17 Lewis 351 5-3 18
18 Central Missouri 282 3-4 11
19 Michigan Tech 270 6-1 19
20 Hillsdale 257 6-2 22
21 Colorado Mesa 238 5-2 24
22 Barry 151 7-0 NR
23 Regis 142 4-5 NR
24 Augustana [S.D.]* 132 8-0 NR
25 Gannon 110 4-3 17

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Nova Southeastern 90; Angelo State 85; Rockhurst 55; Colorado State-Pueblo 54; Wingate 49; Missouri S&T 48; Cal Poly Pomona 45; Cal State L.A. 37; Alaska Fairbanks 31; Central Washington 28; Sonoma State 28; Clarion 25; American International 24; Quincy 23; Ferris State 19; Harding 17; Azusa Pacific 14; Winona State 12; Grand Valley State 10; Northern State 10; Central Oklahoma 9; Davenport 9; Eckerd 9; Point Loma 9; Ashland 8; Biola University 8; Northern Michigan 3.

7 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 43 combined points.

Dropped Out: Angelo State 16; Nova Southeastern 23; Winona State 25.

Next Poll: Sept. 12, 2022

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