In its final NCAA Division III competition of the 2012 season, the Nebraska Wesleyan University volleyball team went 1-3 at the Wartburg Knights Classic held Oct. 5-6 in Waverly, Iowa.
NWU is now 9-10 overall on the year and will finish with a 6-6 record against NCAA III opponents.
The Prairie Wolves opened play Friday with a 3-1 win over St. Olaf College. After dropping set one, 21-25, the Prairie Wolves came back to win the next three 25-23, 26-24, 25-18. Katelyn Walsh had a huge match with 23 kills hitting .426 in the match. She also had 11 digs to record a double-double. Karny Kuehl added 15 kills in the victory, while Mackenzie Hite had 30 digs.
In the second match of the night, NWU came out strong and rolled past Bethel 25-14 in set one, but would drop the next three sets in a 3-1 loss to Bethel. They would fall 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 in the last three sets.
Kuehl led NWU with 14 kills, while Hannah Softley had 12 and Walsh 11.
On Saturday, the Prairie Wolves would face a pair of top 15 teams. To start the morning NWU took on #7 University of St. Thomas for the second time of the season. NWU did take on set, but fell 3-1 losing 25-21, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18.
NWU also lost their final match of the day in straight sets, losing 3-0 to #15 Wartburg. Set one was very competitive at 30-28, then the Knights went on to a 25-21, 25-10 win the final two sets.
Walsh was the lone NWU player in double figures of kills with 13.
Nebraska Wesleyan now has a week off before hosting Northwestern College in GPAC play on Oct. 13 at 3:00 pm.