For the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2008, the Gustavus volleyball team is making an appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. The Gusties (27-2) received the No. 2 seed in the Whitewater, Wis. regional and are set to face the No. 7 seed University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (26-9) at 3 p.m. Thursday at Russell Arena.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Monday morning announced the 64-team field for its Division III Volleyball Championship and Gustavus (27-2) is selected to face the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (26-9) in the first round at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
It was battle to the end with both teams giving it their all on every volley Saturday night, but when the final point was recorded it was the Gustavus volleyball team that came out on top as the MIAC Playoff champions, defeating Bethel University in four sets 25-20, 25-21, 20-25 and 26-24.
After a convincing straight-set victory over Saint Mary’s on Thursday night in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff Semifinals, the top-seeded Gustavus volleyball team is primed and ready to host No. 2-seed Bethel University for the conference championship at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Royals reached the title match with a 3-1 win over Saint Benedict.
The Gustavus volleyball team showed no doubt in its MIAC Semifinal match Thursday night as it swept Saint Mary’s in straight sets 25-11, 25-20 and 25-18 to advance to the MIAC Championship for the first time since 2008. With the victory, the Gusties extend their program record win streak to 26 matches and improve to 26-2 overall.
Not even a week after sweeping Saint Mary’ University in straight sets to close out the regular season, the Gustavus volleyball team once again hosts the Cardinals, this time in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff Semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Gusties are the No. 1 seed in the playoffs after finishing the conference schedule 11-0, while the Cardinals are the No. 4 seed (8-3 MIAC) and are coming off a straight set victory over Concordia on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2015 Volleyball Awards on Wednesday and Gustavus took home three of the top four honors. Rachelle Sherden earned Coach-of-the-Year, Alyssa Taylor (Sr., Trimont, Minn.) earned Player-of-the-Year and Nora Holtan (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) earned Rookie-of-the-Year. Along with Taylor and Holtan, Brittany Luethmers (Fy., Prior Lake, Minn.) and Taylor Trautman (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) were named to the All-Conference Team. This year’s four All-MIAC selections for Gustavus marks the second time in program history that four Gusties were selected.
The Gustavus volleyball team put a fitting exclamation point on a remarkable regular season last week with wins over Hamline and Saint Mary's to complete an undefeated (11-0) run to the conference title and extend its school-record winning streak to 25-straight victories. Junior middle hitter Taylor Trautman (Hutchinson, Minn.) starred for the Gusties last week, as she racked up 26 kills with a .489 hitting percentage in the two wins to go along with 22 digs, three aces and four blocks. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Trautman Monday with the MIAC Volleyball Hitter-of-the-Week award.
Sophomore tennis player Mohaned Alhouni (Tripoli, Libya) and senior middle hitter Alyssa Taylor (Trimont, Minn.) have been selected as the Gustavus Adolphus College October Male and Female Student-Athletes-of-the-Month presented by Thrivent Financial and voted on by the Gustavus Sports Information Department.
The Gustavus volleyball team beat Saint Mary’s in straight sets 25-17, 25-21 and 25-23 Saturday afternoon to finish the regular season 25-2 overall and a perfect 11-0 in the MIAC. The decisive victory gave the Gusties their 25th straight win, an undisputed regular season conference championship and marked the first perfect conference record since the 1985 team went 11-0 in the league.