SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs top U-Mary in three sets

MARSHALL The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs took on the University of Mary Marauders on Friday night. The Mustangs came out on top in three sets (25-17, 25-17 and 25-14).

The Mustangs came ready to fight in the first set and earned the second point on an ace by Amber Messner. Sarah Parker then aided her team and extended the Mustangs lead to 11-8 with a kill. Sarah Parker had 13 kills on the night to help put the Mustangs on top.

The Marauders took a couple of timeouts in the first set to gather their bearings, but all of their efforts fell short as the Mustangs earned the set win, 25-17.

The Mustangs led for the entirety of the first set.

Taylor Reiss came to play in the second set and earned an ace to put her team up 9-3 over U-Mary. This was her only ace of the match.

Reiss was named the NSIC Player of the Year this week.

“It is a big honor but I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” said Reiss of this honor.

The Mustangs were once again dominant in the second set as the Marauders fought to earn the lead, but SMSU stayed ahead and earned the set win 25-17.

Sarah Parker was ready to earn the match with for her team and put the Mustangs up 10-5 over the Marauders with a kill in the third set. SMSU then extended their lead to 16-6 in an attempt to close in the Set 3 win. The Mustangs dominated in the set to beat the Marauders 25-16 and earn the match win 3-0.

The Mustangs are scheduled to play Minot State today at 4 at SMSU. Looking forward to this match, Coach Terry Culhane said, “We’ve got to be able to pass the ball and serve tough.”

Coach Terry Culhane was also honored earlier this week by being named NSIC Coach of the Year.

“I’m not a huge one for individual awards, but that happens because of the players. I think it just means that we have a good team. You don’t get awards like that unless you have good players,” said Culhane of his award.

Taylor Reiss led the team with 15 kills and 11 digs, while Megan Larson had 42 set assists. Larson led the way with four blocks while Parker had three and Eisha Oden had two.

SMSU is scheduled to play in the NSIC Quarterfinals beginning on Wednesday.

“We’re in a position where we can win our conference and that’s not an easy thing to do in this league,” said Culhane. “Hopefully we’ll come out with a high level of enthusiasm.”

SMSU (23-4, 17-2 NSIC) is scheduled to take on Minot State University today at 4 p.m. in its last regular season match.

SMSU 3, University of Mary 0

SMSU25 25 25

U of Mary17 17 14

Individual Statistics

Serving (Ace): Reiss, 1; Burmeister, 1; Messner, 1; Corrigan, 1

Kills: Reiss, 15; Parker, 13; Burmeister, 10

Digs: Reiss, 11; Messner, 11; Thelemann, 9; Burmeister, 8

Set Assists: Larson, 42

Blocks: Larson, 4; Parker, 3; Oden, 2