Wildcat Volleyball Home Scrimmage Canceled, Wildcats Prepare For DI Exhibitions March 26 – 28

Wildcat Volleyball Home Scrimmage Canceled, Wildcats Prepare For DI Exhibitions March 26 – 28
File photo. Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – As one of the two home matches was called off this week due to COVID-19 protocols, the Wayne State College volleyball still has a handful of exhibition and scrimmages scheduled for the month of March.

The Wildcat beach volleyball program is off to a 3-1 start following a trip to Arizona while the spring indoor season began with a late February scrimmage with Augustana and a recent scrimmage with Benedictine University at Mesa in Arizona on March 8.

Following a disappointing fall of not being able to play head volleyball coach Scott Kneifl said it’s been a crazy spring.

“Our players really grew,” said Kneifl. “They did a great job in the weight room; they got stronger and faster. We’ve been practicing a lot, so just preparing for whenever we were going to get a chance to play.”

The team won all four sets during their scrimmage at Augustana following a slow start.

“All of our girls hadn’t played in over a year and some of our girls were redshirt freshman and hadn’t played since high school, so it’s been over two years for some of those players,” Kneifl added. “It started off a little rough, but we really got going and did some really nice things. It was just really good for our players to get to compete against somebody besides ourselves.”

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the Briar Cliff at Wayne State volleyball scrimmage scheduled for Thursday, March 18 in Rice Auditorium has been canceled.

The next scheduled indoor volleyball action for the Wildcats will be Friday, March 26 when the team visits Iowa State for an exhibition contest at 4 p.m. WSC will also play two more exhibition contests on Saturday, March 27 (4 p.m.) and Sunday, March 28 (2 p.m.) at Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.

Coach Kneifl is friends with both the Iowa State and Kansas State coaches as the DI programs had some availability in late March. It will a Big 12 weekend for the Wayne State College volleyball team as they’re excited about the trip.

“We know that they’re going to be tough competition,” Kneifl mentioned. “They had a season in the fall. Half of their season was played in the fall and the other half is played this spring. So, they have quite a few matches under our belt and we won’t have very many but we’re looking forward to the opportunity to get out there and compete.”

WSC will close out their spring indoor season with a home scrimmage vs. Mount Marty on Wednesday, March 31 at 6 p.m.

The returning players for the fall of 2021 will be getting a lot of experience this spring.

“We’re going to get better and just keep working towards that,” said Kneifl. “We don’t know what next fall will bring but hopefully we’ll be getting back to a little bit closer to what normal used to be and get after it.”

WSC will also participate in the AVCA Small College Beach Championships held in Florida April 16 – 18. The inaugural season was shorted due to the pandemic as WSC finished 3-4 last spring.