WAYNE – The Wayne State College volleyball team will close out their regular season this weekend with a pair of road matches before opening postseason play next week.
WSC is coming off a home split weekend where the ‘Cats were swept by Winona State before winning in five sets over Upper Iowa. Wayne State College is now 21-7 overall (12-6 NSIC/sixth) and currently have records of 8-3 for both home and away games as the team is 5-1 on natural courts.
On the docket first will be Minnesota State-Mankato Friday night at 6 p.m. where the Mavericks sit 16-10 and tied for ninth in the NSIC with a 9-9 record. Then onto Saturday at 2 p.m., the ‘Cats will visit #6 Concordia-St. Paul as CSP is 21-6 overall and a part of a three-way tie for first with Northern State and Minnesota Duluth all having a 15-3 record.
Earlier this season WSC won in five sets over Minnesota State-Mankato, but were swept by the Golden Bears in Wayne.
The top eight NSIC teams will open the NSIC Tournament First Round next Wednesday, November 7 at the higher seeded teams’ gym. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday, November 9 and finals on Saturday, November 10 played at the highest remaining seed.
As mentioned before Northern State, Duluth and CSP are all tied for first at 15-3, Southwest Minnesota State is fourth (14-4), Sioux Falls is fifth (13-5) and Wayne State College is sixth (12-6).
The final two spots will come down to four teams. Upper Iowa and Winona State are tied for seventh (10-8) as Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State are both tied for ninth (9-9).