NWU Falls 3-0 in First Round of NCAA Tournament

By: Courtesy: NWU Sports Information
By: Courtesy: NWU Sports Information

The memorable 2010 volleyball season came to an end for Nebraska Wesleyan on Friday night (Nov. 13) as Wisconsin Eau-Claire defeated the Prairie Wolves, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA III Tournament in St. Paul, Minn. NWU finishes the 2010 season with a 23-6 overall record.

Despite the loss in the first round, the 2010 Prairie Wolves volleyball team will go down in the books as one of the best in school history. NWU recorded 23 total wins, the most since 1998, and the Prairie Wolves qualified for their seventh straight postseason tournament.

NWU battled the elements the entire week as the trip started with a five hour delay due to bus troubles. Then during the first set, starting setter Caitlin Anderson went down with an injury and would not return.

The Bluegolds went on to a 25-17 victory in set one as NWU adjusted to their new lineup.

Set two, the never say day Prairie Wolves showed why they were one of the top 25 teams in the country. NWU got ahead early and led the entire set until Wisc-Eau Claire tied the set at 22-22. The Bluegolds reeled off six straight kills to end the set and get the 25-22 win.

In the third set, the two teams traded points until a 10-10 tie. The Bluegolds then went on a 9-2 run that proved to be too much as they won 25-17 to end NWU's season.

Senior Laura Brammeier ended her standout career in a NWU uniform by leading NWU with 12 kills. She now moves into fifth all-time on the Nebraska Wesleyan kill charts.

Kelsey Elman again showed her versatility taking over setting duties and just missing a triple-double. Elman had 12 assists, 12 digs and eight kills.

Another four-year starter, libero Erika Goldsmith, led Nebraska Wesleyan with 15 digs. She ends her fantastic career with over 2,000 career digs to rank second in NWU history.

Nebraska Wesleyan will now have to reload for next season as they lose nine key seniors from the 2010 squad.

Courtesy: NWU Sports Information

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