For the first time in school history the Nebraska Wesleyan University volleyball team is off to a 9-0 start. The nine straight victories to start a season is the best beginning to a season in the history of the NWU volleyball program. In nine total matches this season, the Prairie Wolves have now lost just three sets while winning 27.
The Prairie Wolves opened the year by going 4-0 at the Pacific University Invitational in Forest Grove, Ore. This past weekend they won all four matches at the Wartburg Invite in Waverly, Iowa. NWU is 8-0 in NCAA III play, and is 1-0 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action after defeating Midland Lutheran this past week.
Nebraska Wesleyan head coach Gina Chambers, who earlier this season became just the second NWU volleyball coach to go over 100 career victories, is trying to lead the Prairie Wolves to their seventh straight trip to the NCAA III National Tournament.
Senior Laura Brammeier has been the leader for the Prairie Wolves early this year. Brammeier was the GPAC Player-of-the-Week last week and earned All-Tournament MVP honors this past weekend at the Wartburg Invite. She leads the team with 122 kills on the year, and now needs just 17 more kills to become only the 12th player in NWU history with 1,000 career kills.
Another senior, Erika Goldsmith, has 185 digs on the year averaging 6.17 digs per set to rank second in the GPAC in digs. Goldsmith now has 1,660 career digs and over the weekend she moved up to No. 2 on the NWU all-time career digs list.
Nebraska Wesleyan has a big road match on Tuesday (Sept. 14) as they travel to Hastings, Neb., to face Hastings College. The Prairie Wolves will then play their final NCAA DIII matches of the season during the upcoming weekend as they compete in the Luther College Tournament in Decorah, Iowa.