The No. 19 NDSCS Wildcat volleyball team secured the Region 13 championship, as they breezed by Gogebic Community College (3-1) and Williston State College (3-0, 3-0) last weekend in Bottineau, ND. This adds to their list of season accomplishments and is the tenth regional volleyball title for the College.
This season, the team produced three Mon-Dak Conference players of the week: Heather Kakes, a second-year player from Bryant, Wis., Kaylee Pender, a first-year middle-hitter from Glendon, Minn., and first-year Moriah Skroch, a 5’7″ outside hitter from Lidgerwood, N.D.
The team secured the title of Mon-Dak Conference champs, as they produced a 8-1 record in the conference and 29-5 record overall. Kakes and Skroch were also named to the Mon-Dak All Conference team; Kakes was named conference MVP.
During the season, the Wildcats also made it into the national rankings and are currently ranked No. 19.
The Wildcats have three players who average over two kills per set, in Heather Kakes (2.5), Moriah Skroch (2.2) and Katelyn Wangberg (2.0). Kakes leads the team with 283 kills on the season, while Skroch has 242 and Wangberg has 219.
Kasi Eisenzimmer averages 4.7 assists per set and has 358 this year, while Jessica Finck has 320 and averages 4.5. Kaylee Pender has a team-high 80 blocks on the year, while Katie Goetzinger has 723 digs this season. At the service line, Shellina Irwin has 25 ace serves and Finck has 24.
Head Coach Jane Passa was honored as the Mon-Dak Conference Coach of the Year and also the Region XIII Coach of the Year. Under her supervision, the team has captured seven consecutive conference championships.
The Cats host the District Tournament this weekend in Wahpeton, N.D. with high hopes of producing a couple of wins to solidify their ticket to nationals.
The weekend is a double-elimination format. The team will play Columbus Central Community College at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4 in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center.
The teams will match up again on Saturday at 11 a.m. If one team has not produced two wins, a second match will be played on Saturday, starting a half-hour after the first game is completed.
The winner of District G will move onto the NCJAA Division II National Championship held at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio on November 17-19.
Follow the Wildcats progress at ndscswildcats.com.