Completing the best conference season in school history, the Nebraska Wesleyan volleyball team concluded the 2010 regular season with a 3-0 sweep over Morningside College on Tuesday night (Nov. 2) in Sioux City, Iowa. NWU easily won set one, 25-13, then won the final two sets in exciting fashion in scores of 26-24, 27-25.
The Prairie Wolves, ranked No. 20 in the DIII Poll, end the 2010 regular season with a 23-5 overall record and a 12-4 record in Great Plains Athletic Conference play to finish in a tie for third in the GPAC standings. The 12 conference wins are the most in school history, while the third place finish is the team's highest since joining the GPAC.
Set one was dominated by the Prairie Wolves as Morningside (16-15, 7-9) hit a negative .032 for the set. NWU had 11 kills and went on a 7-2 run in the middle of the set to pull away early.
It took a big rally in the second set as the Prairie Wolves came back from two Mustang set points. Morningside led 24-22, but a kill by Laura Brammeier and an error by the Mustangs tied the set at 24-24. Catilin Anderson then got a service ace and the set ended as Alles Kuska and Kelsey Elman combined for a block at the net.
Morningside also had a set point in the third set leading 24-23 before Kelsey Elman got a kill for NWU to tie the set. After a Mustang kill, Hannah Behrens responded with a kill of her own to tie the set back up at 25-25. Anderson recorded a kill to put NWU up by one, then the match was won as Brammmeier and Behrens combined for a block at the net and the 27-25 win.
Elman led NWU with 10 kills to go along with 10 digs. Brittnie Kreikemeier added nine kills, while Brammeier had eight. Anderson handed out 33 assists and Erika Goldsmith and Mackenzie Hite each had 13 digs.
Nebraska Wesleyan will now await word on their selection to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The tournament field will be announced on Monday morning (Nov. 8) at 10 a.m. NWU is aiming for their seventh straight postseason appearance.