Wildcats Receive All 47 First Place Votes In Division II; Beller, Brahmer Tabbed Offensive And Defensive Player Of The Week

Wildcats Receive All 47 First Place Votes In Division II; Beller, Brahmer Tabbed Offensive And Defensive Player Of The Week
WAYNE STATE VOLLEYBALL. PHOTO BY BOB BERRY

WAYNE – After #1 Wayne State College dominated on the road this past weekend against a pair of top 10 league opponents, WSC will once again be at the top of Division II.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcats were a unanimous #1 selection with all 47 first place votes in the latest AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released Monday afternoon.

The 16-0 Wildcats, tied for the best start in school history (2010), collected 1150 points in voting conducted by coaches from across the country. WSC posted NSIC road sweeps over the weekend at #4 St. Cloud State and #9 Minnesota Duluth.

Other NSIC ranked teams following #1 WSC include #3 Concordia-St. Paul (12-2, remained the same); #4 St. Cloud State (13-1, remained the same); #7 Southwest Minnesota State (13-1, up on spot); #9 Minnesota Duluth (13-1, remained the same) as Augustana was receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots (five).

 

Also, sophomores Taya Beller and Maggie Brahmer were tabbed with Player of the Week honors.

Beller, a 6-2 sophomore middle hitter from Lindsay (Humphrey HS), was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after averaging 4.83 kills and 1.67 blocks per set with a stellar .463 hitting percentage in six sets. Beller accounted for 16 kills and eight blocks in Friday’s 3-0 sweep over the #4 Huskies and followed that with 13 kills and two blocks with a .500 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep at #9 Minnesota Duluth Saturday.

For the season, Beller leads WSC with 4.04 kills per set to rank fourth in the league while also ranking second in hitting percentage at .437.

Brahmer, a 6-0 sophomore middle hitter from Pierce (Pierce HS), was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a league-best 2.17 blocks with 2.33 kills per set in victories over St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth. Brahmer tied a career-high with 10 blocks (three solo) to go with seven kills in Saturday’s 3-0 sweep over the Bulldogs and also had seven kills with three blocks in Friday’s 3-0 victory at St. Cloud State.

It’s the second time this season Brahmer has earned NSIC Player of the Week honors after she was named Offensive Player of the Week on September 6 which included being named Most Valuable Player of the Colorado Premier Challenge.

This season, Brahmer is averaging 3.08 kills and a NSIC leading 1.34 blocks per set while also leading the league with a .453 hitting percentage.

#1 Wayne State College will next host Bemidji State University on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. before welcoming in Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, October 1 at 1 p.m.

 

AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll – Week 5 Poll: September 26, 2022

                                                                                2022   Previous

Rank School (First-Place Votes)         Points    Record   Rank

1              Wayne State (Neb.) [47]   1150       16-0        1

2              MSU Denver                         1109       13-1        2

3              Concordia-St. Paul*              1061       12-2        3

4              St. Cloud State*                     1001       13-1        4

5              Tampa                                   988         12-1        5

6              Nebraska-Kearney              909         15-1        7

7              Southwest Minnesota St.*    835         13-1        8

8              Washburn                              799         12-2        6

9              Minnesota Duluth*                 784         13-1        9

10           NW Missouri State               732         11-3        11

11           Alaska-Anchorage               721         17-1        14

12           Western Washington           582         9-4          10

13           Lewis                                      497         11-4        15

14           West Florida                         472         12-4        12

15           West Texas A&M                 459         11-4        18

16           Cal St. San Bernardino       408         10-3        13

17           Regis                                      373         10-4        19

18           Central Missouri                   360         9-5          17

19           Barry                                      300         13-1        16

20           Cal Poly Pomona                 282         12-1        23

21           Colorado Mesa University 258         9-4          20

22           Hillsdale                                222         13-2        22

23           Colorado School of Mines 211         10-4        21

24           Wingate                                 164         16-1        24

25           Quincy                                   138         14-0        NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Central Oklahoma 103; Cal State L.A. 94; Colorado State-Pueblo 32; Harding 26; Central Washington 23; American International 20; Rockhurst 19; Point Loma 16; Ferris State 14; Chaminade 10; Ashland 9; Davenport 7; Mississippi College 7; Northern Michigan 7; Clarion 6; NW Nazarene 6; Augustana (SD) 5; Lynn 5; Azusa Pacific 4; Nova Southeastern 4

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

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