WINONA, Minnesota — The Winona State University volleyball team returned to McCown High School tonight and earned a three-set win over Minnesota’s Crookston 25-15, 25-18 and 25-23.
Strong defensive play and opportunistic hitting throughout the game helped the Warriors win over the Golden Eagles.
Three Warriors amassed double-digit digs, led by Casey Volkmann’s 19 for a 6.33 per set average. Sidney Paulson and Jaci Winchell added 16 and 12 digs, respectively. Mikenna Joerger led WSU with four blocks, including three solo blocks in the opening set.
On offense, Paulson racked up 16 kills to record her ninth double-double of the season. Madison Larson added 10 kills and Taylor Pagel was efficient, knocking down nine kills with a .438 batting average. Winchell orchestrated the Warrior offense with 34 assists.
Winona State started scoring early, winning the first six points of the game and rolling to a 25-15 win in the opening frame.
WSU also controlled the second set, holding a comfortable lead and taking a 2-0 lead after winning the second set 25-18.
After a 16-11 lead in the third set, Winona State’s lead was quickly taken away after Minnesota’s Crookston collected six straight points to take a 17-16 lead. Head Coach Joe Getzin rallied the Warriors and WSU eventually won the final set 25-23 to claim the win.
Winona State will be back in action tomorrow, October 15, as it hosts Bemidji State. The first serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. at McCown Gymnasium, home of the WNB Financial Court.
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About Winona State University Athletics:
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Winona State University, as an integral part of the institution’s educational mission, is committed to providing our student-athletes with opportunities to experience academic and athletic excellence in two simple words: Graduated Champions.
Fourteen Warrior programs compete at the NCAA Division II level within the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Winona State University competes in women’s gymnastics as an affiliate member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).