Wolves Push #1 To Brink, Sweep USF

Aberdeen, S.D. (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State University volleyball team battled and rallied back against the top team in NCAA Division II volleyball on Friday, falling in five sets to No. 1 Wayne State College. In front of 1,358 fans the Wolves played one of their best matches of the season, recording match highs in digs, assists, and aces.
Final Score: NSU 2, WSC 3
Records: NSU 15-5 (7-4 NSIC), WSC 20-1 (11-0 NSIC)
Attendance: 1358
  • It was an exciting first set with Wayne edging a 28-26 victory, followed up by a 25-20 Wildcat victory in set two
  • Northern stormed back with 25-20 and 25-21 victories in sets three and four, forcing the decisive frame
  • The Wolves led 8-7 at the set break, however ultimately fell 15-12 as the Wildcats tallied 12 kills to the Wolves seven
  • Each team recorded 65 kills with Northern adding 90 digs, 61 assists, 14 blocks, and seven aces
  • Wayne State hit .203 in the match, including a match high .375 in the fifth set, while the Wolves hit .154 overall and .333 in the fourth set
  • Hanna Thompson had a career evening with a team leading 25 kills, followed by Natalia Szybinska with 19
  • Abby Meister touched all corners of the court for NSU averaging a match leading 7.00 digs per set with 35 total, followed by Keri Walker with 17, as well as 54 assists
  • Despite a slow night offensive, Eliza Bauers racked up a career high eight blocks, leading six Wolves with three blocks or more
  • Hanna Thompson: 25 kills, .267 attack%, 3 blocks
  • Natalia Szybinska: 19 kills, .241 attack%, 4 digs, 3 blocks
  • Keri Walker: 54 assists, 17 digs, 5 blocks, 3 aces
  • Abby Meister: 35 digs, 1 assist
  • Sara Moberg: 13 digs, 4 assists, 2 aces
  • Eliza Bauers: 8.0 blocks, 3 kills, 2 digs


Aberdeen, S.D. (NSUWolves.com) – After a Friday night gauntlet with the Wildcats, the Northern State University volleyball team swept Sioux Falls from Wachs Arena. NSU downed USF with set scores of 25-21, 25-18, and 25-20. Heading into the final three weeks of the regular season, the Wolves sit fifth in the NSIC standings.

Final Score: NSU 3, USF 0
Records: NSU 16-5 (8-4 NSIC), USF 9-12 (5-7 NSIC)
Attendance: 1358


  • Northern buzzed through Sioux Falls hitting a match high .258 with 42 kills, 41 assists, 54 digs, 11 blocks, and seven aces
  • The Cougars edged the Wolves by one to lead the contest in kills, however recorded eight more attack errors forced by the Northern defense
  • Hanna Thompson led the Wolves offense with 11 kills, while Natalia Szybinska and Morissen Samuels followed with nine a piece
  • Keri Walker led the defense with 11 digs and six blocks, with Eliza Bauers matching her block total
  • Walker dished out 38 assists, averaging 12.67 per set, bringing her career total over the 3000 mark with 3,026 total

  • Hanna Thompson: 11 kills, .286 attack%, 2 digs
  • Morissen Samuels: 9 kills, .320 attack%, 5 digs
  • Keri Walker: 38 assists, 11 digs, 6 blocks, 3 aces
  • Eliza Bauers: 6 blocks, 5 kills, .385 attack%, 3 digs
  • Abby Meister: 9 digs, 2 aces

The Wolves travel to Southwest Minnesota State and Augustana next Friday and Saturday. Serve times are set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Marshall and 2 p.m. on Saturday in Sioux Falls.