WAYNE – Following a fourth place finish in the 2021 season, Wayne State College volleyball was listed one spot higher entering the upcoming year.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the 2022 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released Tuesday morning by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota.
WSC was picked third with Wildcat sophomore middle hitter Maggie Brahmer being selected as the Wayne State Player to Watch in the NSIC this season.
Wayne State collected 189 points in voting conducted by league coaches in the poll. The ‘Cats finished the 2021 season at 22-8 overall and was fourth in the NSIC with a 14-6 league mark while ending the year ranked 18th in the final AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Concordia-St. Paul edged defending NSIC regular season and tournament champion St. Cloud State as the team to beat in the NSIC this season. The Golden Bears garnered 217 points and nine first-place votes while St. Cloud State had 213 points and the remaining seven first-place votes. Following Wayne State in the poll were Augustana in fourth with 179 points as well as Minnesota Duluth and Northern State tied for fifth at 149 points each.
Southwest Minnesota State came in seventh with 146 points, slightly ahead of Winona State’s 141 points. Minnesota State-Mankato (115) and Upper Iowa (109) rounded out the top 10 teams.
Closing out the poll were Sioux Falls (98 pts), MSU Moorhead (61), Bemidji State (52), University of Mary (50), Minnesota Crookston (27) and Minot State (25).
Brahmer, a 6-0 sophomore middle hitter from Pierce (Pierce HS), was listed as Wayne State’s Player to Watch in the NSIC this season after earning All-NSIC First Team honors last season. She averaged 2.65 kills and 0.88 blocks per set while leading the NSIC and ranking third in NCAA Division II with a .461 attack percentage. Brahmer had at least one block in all but one match last season.
The Wayne State College volleyball team will open the 2022 season at the Adelphi Tournament in New York on Thursday, August 25.
The NSIC volleyball preseason player of the year is junior Jasmine Mulvihill from Concordia-St. Paul
2022 Preseason NSIC Volleyball Coaches Poll
- Concordia-St. Paul (9) 217 pts.
- St. Cloud State (7) 213 pts.
- Wayne State 189 pts.
- Augustana 179 pts.
- Minnesota Duluth 149 pts.
- Northern State 149 pts.
- Southwest Minnesota State 146 pts.
- Winona State 141 pts.
- Minnesota State 115 pts.
- Upper Iowa 109 pts.
- Sioux Falls 98 pts.
- MSU Moorhead 61 pts.
- Bemidji State 52 pts.
- University of Mary 50 pts.
- Minnesota Crookston 27 pts.
- Minot State 25 pts.
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