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Wolves knock off Southwest Minnesota in five sets

Northern State University’s Peyton Ellingson, right, goes after the ball at the net with Southwest Minnesota State University’s Katelyn Nichols, left, during Saturday’s match at Wachs Arena. Photo by John Davis taken 10/2/2021

PRESS RELEASE

It proved to be an all-out battle from Wachs Arena on Saturday night, as the (RV) Northern State University Wolves defeated No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State. Three of the five sets went to extras as the Wolves handed the Mustangs their second loss of the 2021 season.

THE QUICK DETAILS

Final Score: NSU 3, SMSU 2

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Records: NSU 10-5 (5-2 NSIC), SMSU 13-2 (5-2 NSIC)

Attendance: 1402

HOW IT HAPPENED

·         Southwest opened the match with a 26-24 victory in set one, however the Wolves flipped the scrip taking both the second and third sets with scores of 26-24

·         The Mustangs did not go silently, battling for a 25-19 victory in set four, however the Wolves sealed the deal, 15-11 in the last frame

·         NSU out-hit SMSU .119-to-.098 in the match, recording 55 kills and 54 assists, while holding the Mustangs to their lowest attack percentage of the 2021 season

·         Both teams recorded 79 digs in total, with the Wolves adding 12 blocks and five service aces

·         Lexi Boesl led the Wolves defense, stepping into the libero role, with a career high 35 digs; the senior average 7.00 digs per set in the win

·         Two Wolves recorded double figure kills offensively, while three tallied at least five blocks defensively

·         The win is just the 11th for the program over SMSU in school history and just the second in the Northern State Aldridge-era

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

·         Lexi Boesl: 35 digs (career high), 7.00 digs per set, 2 assists, 1 ace

·         Peyton Ellingson: 16 kills, .323 attack%, 5 blocks, 4 digs, 1 ace

·         Sally Gaul: 15 kills, 5 blocks (career high), 2 digs

·         Keri Walker: 50 assists, 10 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks, 2 kills

UP NEXT

Northern State hits the road next weekend for a 4-game stint beginning with Wayne State at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 8.

To see complete match stats click on the following link:

https://nsuwolves.com/sports/womens-volleyball/stats/2021/southwest-minnesota-state-gypsy-days-/boxscore/9233

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