No. 17 Wayne State rallied for a five set win over Minnesota State in the first round the NCAA Division II Central Regional volleyball tournament Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. Earlier in the day, Minnesota Duluth swept Nebraska-Kearney. UNK finished the season 33-3. Washburn (Kan.) defeated Nebraska-Omaha in four sets in the South Central Regional tournament in Warrensburg, Mo.
The 15th ranked Minnesota-Duluth volleyball team upset 7th ranked Nebraska Kearney in the first round. UNK (33-3) had a hitting percentage of .143. Seniors Nikki Scott, Kelli Wemhoff, Shannon Clausen, Erica Burson finish their careers with 126-19 overall record and 70-6 conference record.
Wayne State won with scores of 25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20 and 15-11. With the win, WSC improved to 5-0 this season in five set matches. Coach Scott Kneifl said, “What a great comeback win by our team. We came out a little tight and we didn’t play our best at times but we still found a way to win and I’m very proud of this team. Our serve receive did a great job all night and we got the ball to our middles in the fourth and fifth games and that was big.”
The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks were out hit in every set as they fell, 3-1 to Washburn in the first round of the NCAA South Central Region tournament Thursday at the Central Missouri Multipurpose Building. Seventh-seeded Nebraska-Omaha ended its season at 20-14.