The Mavericks volleyball team attempted to come up with a game plan for their weekend games but seemed to fall short of those expectations.
On Oct. 4, the Mavericks took on Wayne State and the fight was difficult early on. The first set started with a consistent trading of points, until the Wildcats broke out in a 3-0 run to take the lead. A timeout was taken to allow players a short break to strategize. Wayne State continued its run and won the set 25-13.
The Mavericks fought hard in the second set and showed they wanted to win by keeping the score close and not allowing the Wildcats to take a drastic lead in the beginning. Wayne State started to take a lead and although the Mavericks took a timeout to figure things out, the Wildcats were still able to take another set with a score of 25-22.
The third and final set quickly went to the Wildcats, who took an early lead and won 25-18.
Maverick senior Morgan Olson and freshman Jessica Nelson led the team with 13 and 12 kills, while sophomore Dana Schindler continued with 32 assists and nine digs.
Saturday’s match up against Augustana was another hard battle for the Mavericks. The first set was the closest of the three. It seemed as if the Mavericks were going to get a win after a long losing streak, but after a back and forth struggle between the two teams, Augustana rang up three of the last four points and won 25-23.
MSU continued their hard fight in the second set and took a lead after some time. Once the score was tied at 21, the Vikings scored four points in a row and won 25-21.
The third set wasn’t much of a game due to the Vikings dominating the court and winning 25-19.
Nelson and seniors Anissa Janzig and Haley Shimon led the Mavericks offensively with nine kills, while at the same time Schindler finished the game with 33 assists.
The next Mavericks volleyball game will be Friday night in Mankato, against Sioux Falls.
Header photo: Members of the Minnesota State volleyball team take positions against Minnesota-Duluth at the Taylor Center Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Mankato, Minn. (Mansoor Ahmad/MSU Reporter)