Split for MSU volleyball to close out Rosella Meier Classic

KEARNEY, Neb. — The Minot State volleyball team will head into the conference season with a winning record of 5-3 overall after splitting on the final day of the Rosella Meier Classic tournament in Kearney, Nebraska.

This is the first time since the Beavers joined the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2012 that MSU will head into conference play with a winning record. Minot State also matched its win total from a season ago, when they went 5-24 overall.

On Saturday, the Beavers lost to tournament hosts Nebraska at Kearney, 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-11), and defeated Midwestern State, 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 27-25, 25-23).

Nebraska-Kearney, a team that has made the NCAA Division II Tournament every year since 1999, improved to 7-0 overall on the season by brushing off the Beavers in three sets.

Shelby Spuller and Jeanne Brenner each had seven kills, while on the other side of the net, Anna Squiers was a force for Nebraska-Kearney with five blocks. Setter Kelsey Dewulf had 16 assists and libero Karli Koza dug up 11 digs for the Beavers.

MSU had more success against Midwestern State later in the evening.

Spuller led the team in kills with 17 followed by Brenner again with 10. Dewulf tossed up 43 assists and Koza picked up 21 digs. Despite winning in four sets, Midwestern State held the edge in total points scored (58-57), kills (49-46), blocks (5-2) and hitting percentage (.151 to .112).

The Beavers open NSIC play Thursday evening on the road at Minnesota State-Moorhead (4-3). The Dragons beat the Beavers in a five-set non-conference season opener for both teams on Aug. 24.

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