Wolves With Weekend Split On the Hardwood

Marshall, MN (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State University volleyball team faced off against No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State on the road Friday evening, ultimately falling 3-0. With the loss, the Wolves sit fifth in the NSIC Standings, one game behind St. Cloud State.

Final Score: NSU 0, SMSU 3
Records: NSU 16-6 (8-5 NSIC), SMSU 20-3 (11-2 NSIC)
Attendance: 1064


  • The Wolves fell with set scores of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-23; battling back in the third from a 20-15 deficit to take a 22-20 lead
  • The Mustangs however rallied with four kills and a service ace to secure the set and match victory
  • Northern recorded 39 kills, 38 assists, 49 digs, seven blocks, and one ace in the loss, hitting .183 as a team
  • Southwest Minnesota State was efficient, hitting .292 with a match high 45 kills and 53 digs
  • Abby Brooks and Natalia Szybinska led the team with ten kills apiece, while Abby Meister scrounged for 19 digs, averaging 6.33 per set

  • Abby Brooks: 10 kills, .450 attack%, 3 blocks
  • Natalia Szybinska: 10 kills, 2 blocks
  • Keri Walker: 38 assists, 8 digs, 1 block
  • Abby Meister: 19 digs
Sioux Falls, S.D. (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State University volleyball team bounced back on Saturday afternoon, defeating Augustana University 3-1 from the Elmen Center. The Wolves grabbed their ninth league win of the season and improved to 17-6 overall.

Final Score: NSU 3, AU 1
Records: NSU 17-6 (9-5 NSIC), AU 9-14 (6-8 NSIC)
Attendance: 438


  • The Wolves opened with a 25-22 victory in set one, however fell 25-23 in set two
  • NSU rallied back from behind in the third taking a 26-24 set victory and sealed the match with a 25-19 win in set four
  • Northern recorded a match high 54 kills, 53 assists, 92 digs, and 14 blocks, adding six service aces
  • The 92 digs is a 4-set match high for the Wolves this season and the 14 blocks land one behind their current season high
  • Abby Brooks led three Wolves in double figures with 18 kills, hitting a team leading .484
  • Follow that up with Abby-squared, Abby Meister notching a team leading 27 digs, averaging 6.75 per set
  • Reese Johnson followed with 16 digs, while the pair each recorded two aces
  • Keri Walker dished out 49 assists, averaging 12.25 per set, and added 11 digs and four blocks

  • Abby Brooks: 18 kills, .484 attack%, 4 blocks, 3 digs
  • Hanna Thompson: 15 kills, .295 attack%, 3 digs, 1 block
  • Natalia Szybinska: 11 kills, 7 digs, 6 blocks (career high)
  • Keri Walker: 49 assists, 11 digs, 4 blocks, 2 kills
  • Abby Meister: 27 digs, 2 aces
  • Reese Johnson: 16 digs, 2 aces
  • Sara Moberg: 14 digs

The Wolves continue their road trip next Friday and Saturday opening the month of November at Concordia-St. Paul and Winona State. Serve start times are set for 6 p.m. on Friday in St. Paul and 4 p.m. on Saturday in Winona.