by DAVID ALBRECHT
Last week in Winona State athletics, the Warrior volleyball team shocked a national-ranked team on its home court, while the football team was on the wrong end of a road upset. Winona State University (WSU) volleyball snapped a three-match losing streak with a decisive sweep at No. 7 Southwest Minnesota State University on Friday. On the grid iron, No. 11 Winona State suffered its first loss of the 2018 season with a 34-33 setback at Upper Iowa.
Senior Taylor Goar returned to form for the Warrior volleyball team over the weekend after missing the 2017 season due to injury by flooring 26 kills in two weekend matches.
Senior Isaiah Frandsen hauled in two touchdown catches for WSU in the Warriors’ loss at Upper Iowa. It marked his second 100-yard game and third multi-touchdown game in the past two seasons.
The volleyball team hosts a pair of conference foes this week in (RV) Augustana University on Friday night at 6 p.m. and No. 19 Wayne State College on Saturday at 4 p.m. Both matches will be played in McCown Gymnasium.
It’s rivalry week for the Warrior football team as they look to shake off last week’s upset. WSU hosts No. 2 Minnesota State Mankato at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Winona State women’s soccer team dropped a pair of conference games last weekend and looks to bounce back with two more NSIC contests at home this weekend. The Warriors host Minnesota Crookston on Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 14 Bemidji State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Winona State cross country teams competed in their second meet of the season on Saturday. The men’s team placed 11th and the women took sixth at the Augsburg Invitational. Junior Anna Rogahn paced the women’s team with a seventh-place finish individually.
Both Warrior golf teams opened the 2018-19 season last week as well, competing in tournaments hosted by Bemidji State. The men placed third and the women’s team took fifth. Sophomore transfer Levi Hauser led the men’s team with a sixth-place individual finish.
With the basketball season a little over a month away, Winona State head men’s basketball coach Todd Eisner announced a pair of October exhibition games for this squad. The Warriors will travel to Loyola University Chicago and Creighton University. Both teams advanced to the NCAA DI Tournament a year ago with Loyola reaching the Final Four. Eisner played collegiately at Creighton and was college roommates with Loyola head coach Porter Moser.