SIOUX FALLS, SD – Friday evening’s semifinal match marked a rematch of the 2019 NSIC Tournament opener between Wayne State College and St. Cloud State University as the two programs met for a third time this season.
Back on Heritage Court from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, #4 Wayne State matched up with the top team in the conference of SCSU.
After the first semifinal match of the night went five sets, the second also went the distance. #11 St. Cloud State University hung on for the victory over #15 WSC (23-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 15-9). SCSU won their 16th straight match to improve to 26-4 while the ‘Cats fell to 22-8.
The Huskies also improved to 6-0 in five set matches while Wayne State fell to 0-4 in the category.
Earlier this season, St. Cloud State won in four sets in St. Cloud, MN (September 18) and four sets in Wayne (November 12). SCSU also swept the ‘Cats in the 2019 NSIC Tourney.
Kelsie Cada recorded a team-high 19 kills and eight digs (one block) for WSC; followed by Jazlin DeHaan with 15 kills and two digs (one block); Taya Beller added 14 kills and two digs (two blocks) as Maggie Brahmer finished hitting .600 with 12 kills and a dig (three blocks).
Rachel Walker posted a team-high 52 set assists to go along with seven digs and three blocks; Lauren Jacobsen led the team in digs with 19 followed by Elly Larson with 13 digs and a kill (two blocks). Jessie Brandl had five digs and a kill as Ally Beresford had two digs.
Solo service aces came from Beresford, Cada, Walker and Larson.
Two SCSU players finished with 20+ kills led by Kenzie Foley with 24 kills and 16 digs while Linsey Rachel added 21 kills and 21 digs. Phebie Rossie posted a double-double with 13 kills and 11 blocks. Belle Erne also had 13 kills.
SCSU outhit WSC, .347 to .187 and won the block battle, 31-12 (total).
Earlier in the afternoon, #2 Winona State won in five sets over #6 Augustana (25-18, 15-25, 25-18, 29-31, 17-15).
Saturday’s NSIC Championship Final will feature #1 St. Cloud State vs. #2 Winona State at 3 p.m.
The NCAA Division II volleyball selection show for regional tournaments will be on Monday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ncaa.com. WSC was #8 entering the NSIC Tournament.