MSU volleyball has three, tough matchups ahead

Jenna Peterson
Staff Writer

The Minnesota State volleyball team will be looking to get a win in their upcoming games against ranked opponents in Concordia-St. Paul, Winona State and Upper Iowa. 

On Thursday, the No. 6 CSP Golden Bears will head over to the Taylor Center, with the first serve scheduled for 6 p.m. Looking at the past 10 matchups between the two teams, the Golden Bears have won all of them, leaving the Mavericks back at the drawing board to figure out a new game plan.

Even though the Mavericks haven’t won a match against the Bears, they have been able to win some sets, giving them hope for the future. 

In the regular season, Concordia-St. Paul is 17-4 and 11-2 in the conference, compared to the Mavericks who are 15-6 and 8-5 in conference play. 

Saturday afternoon looks to have a better possibility for a Maverick win when Minnesota State faces off against the Winona State Warriors. In the regular season, the Warriors have had a slightly better season than the Mavericks with a record of 17-4. Looking at the past, MSU has won six games, while Winona has won four. As long as the Mavericks are determined and play ball like they have recently, the team should be adding another win on Saturday.

Monday night’s game against Upper Iowa should be another game for the Mavericks to easily win. The No. 22 Upper Iowa Peacocks have lost six games in their conference season, many of them against the same teams the Mavericks have lost to. Looking at the history between the two teams, the Mavericks have won nine of the last 10 games. This should give confidence to the players to potentially steal another win from the Peacocks. 

If the Mavericks move the ball around and carry out the plays they’ve been using in their most recent games, they should have no trouble with these upcoming games.

Header photo: Members of the Minnesota State volleyball team celebrate after scoring a point against Northern State at the Taylor Center Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 in Mankato, Minn. (Mansoor Ahmad/MSU Reporter)

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