Laura Brammeier pounded out a match-high 21 kills to lead 19th-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan to a 3-1 victory over Hastings College in Great Plains Athletic Conference volleyball action on Wednesday night (Oct. 20) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln, Neb. NWU won in scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22.
NWU improves to 21-3 overall on the season, giving them the highest win total since the 1998 season. The Prairie Wolves remain in third place in the GPAC standings with a 10-2 mark in league play.
The win over the Broncos (17-13, 7-6 GPAC) marks the first time since the 2003 season that NWU has swept Hastings in both matches in volleyball.
Brammeier was the story of the match as she carried NWU thru the first three sets with 18 of her kills coming in the first three sets. She had seven in the first set alone to give the Prairie Wolves the 25-20 win.
Hastings controlled much of set two building up a 5-0 lead and never trailing. NWU pulled within 19-21, but that was as close as they could get.
In set three, NWU got ahead 3-0 and never trailed in the set. The Prairie Wolves went on a 5-0 run to get ahead 16-9, as Caitlin Anderson controlled the serve. Hastings pulled within 21-19, but a kill by Kelsey Elman got the momentum back for NWU as they won 25-23.
With Hastings leading 9-5 in set four, a key timeout for the Prairie Wolves shifted the tide and a block by NWU got the home crowd into the match lifting them to the 25-22 win.
Beside Brammeier's 21 kills, Hannah Behrens and Kelsey Elman also reached double digits with 10 kills apiece. Elman had yet another double-double with 10 kills and 18 digs, while Behrens led the team with six total blocks. Caitlin Anderson handed out 44 assists for the Prairie Wolves.
For Hastings, Shayna Schacher had 18 kills with a .500 hitting percentage to lead the Broncos.
NWU will take their three-match winning streak into Saturday's Dig Pink match on Homecoming Saturday against Concordia University. First serve is set for 4:30 pm.