4th-ranked Northwestern College won their 57th consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference match to set a new conference record as they defeated No. 19 Nebraska Wesleyan, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 30) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
Northwestern clinches the GPAC regular season conference championship with the victory.
NWU battled hard throughout the match and kept set one within one point at 18-17. The Red Raiders then ended set one on a 8-1 run to win the first set, 25-18.
Set two was also competitive with the match tied at 10-10. Northwestern then went on a 9-0 run and the Prairie Wolves were unable to answer as the set went to the Red Raiders, 25-17.
Nebraska Wesleyan proved why they are among the league's elite teams as they came out firing in the third set. The Prairie Wolves got behind 7-4, and then again at 10-7 before going on a big run. NWU tied the set at 11-11 and never trailed again as they won set three, 25-21. Northwestern was hurt by seven service errors in the set.
The Red Raiders came out with authority in set four, getting ahead 4-0 and never looking back getting the 25-18 win.
Hillary Hanno had 24 kills with a .413 hitting percentage to lead the Red Raiders attack. Northwestern had 57 kills in the match and also recorded 14 total blocks.
Kelsey Elman and Laura Brammeier both had 12 kills to pace NWU. Erika Goldsmith had a team-high 20 digs, while Caitlin Anderson handed out 32 assists.
NWU will play their final regular season match of the season on Tuesday at Morningside.