Volleyball extends win streak to eight

Volleyball extends win streak to eight

Austin Wallert, Sports Reporter

Winona State University’s volleyball team was back in action this weekend for the UW-Parkside Hampton Inn Invite.

This tournament was the last before the start off NSIC play.

After taking the sweep in last week’s matches, the Warriors kept the ball rolling with more solid plays over in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Starting things off with a bang against McKendree University, the Warriors took that match 3-0.

Later on Friday, the Warriors had to shake off a slow start to rally back and defeated Quincy University 3-2.

Heading into Saturday it was more of the same, they defeated the University of Wisconsin-Parkside 3-1, and then Purdue University Northwest 3-0.

Leading the way for the Warriors this weekend was junior Kate Masberg and first-year Madison Larson with 42 and 39 kills.

Junior Bre Maloney was also on her game setting up her teammates for the score 146 times.

On the defensive side of things, sophomore Madison Rizner shut things down with 18 blocks, and junior Becca Pagel was diving all over the court recording 58 digs.

Juniors Kate Masberg and Bre Maloney were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Warriors now take an 8-0 record into the regular season as they prepare for battles against St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth.

As for Coach Joe Getzin, winning is nothing new to him.

Last season Getzin notched his 100th career win heat Winona State, becoming the fastest coach in the program’s history to reach this feat.

With a 13-15 record a year ago, and 3-5 in their first eight games, this young core was definitely disappointed with their season.

The Warriors are seemingly back on track and already five wins from surpassing last year’s win total.

With next week’s games also away, the Warriors will be back in action for their home openers on Sept. 27 and 28.