by DAVID ALBRECHT
A pair of Warrior volleyball wins highlighted the week in Winona State athletics. The volleyball team is riding its first modest two-match winning streak of the season after home wins over Augustana University and No. 18 Wayne State last weekend. It marked the Warriors’ second win over a ranked opponent this year as Winona State University (WSU) has three of its last four matches.
Senior Taylor Goar moved into eighth place, all time in WSU history for career kills (1,131) after flooring a combined 29 kills over the weekend.
The volleyball team (6-9, 3-4 NSIC) will hit the road this weekend for matches at Minot State and UMary.
Looking to shake off a disappointing loss at Upper Iowa two weeks ago, the Warrior football team had No. 2 Minnesota State Mankato on the ropes at halftime, 21-7, only to see the Mavericks scored 24 unaswered points in the second half for a 31-21 win on the Warriors’ home field.
The Warriors (2-2) travel to Northern State this Saturday looking to snap their first two-game skid since 2015. Winona State returns home on Saturday, October 6, for the annual Homecoming Game.
The Winona State women’s soccer team is still seeking its first home win of the 2018 campaign after playing to a 1-1 double overtime draw with Crookston on Friday and being shutout, 2-0, by No. 12 Bemidji State on Sunday. The Warriors (1-4-1, 1-3-1 NSIC) travel to Northern State and MSU Moorhead this weekend for a pair of conference games.
The Warrior women’s golf team competed twice last week. Freshman Savanna Anderson and senior Courtney Bergum paced WSU in the respective events.
The men’s golf team hosts its annual JR Watkins Invite at the Jewel in Lake City, Minnesota, on Monday and Tuesday. The men’s and women’s teams both play at the Flyers Invite in Lemont, Ill., early next week.
The Winona State men’s and women’s cross country teams are both in action this weekend at the Blugold Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.