Led by Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Player of the Year Megan Flom, the Winona State University (WSU) volleyball team looks set to turn some heads in the upcoming 2021 season.
Flom, a fifth-year senior from Kenyon-Wanamingo, Minn., earned 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-American honors earlier this summer, another award in a long list of accolades received by the six-foot-two outside hitter. In 2019, Flom set a program record with a .391 hitting percentage, the eighth-best mark nationally. She also led the Warriors with 358 kills.
The Warriors garnered 169 points overall, including one first-place vote, finishing in a tie with Wayne State College for fifth place in the 2021 NSIC Preseason poll. According to head coaches around the league, the ultra-competitive NSIC volleyball season will likely be paced by 14-time regular season champion Concordia-St. Paul, as the Golden Bears accrued 11 of the 16 available first place nods.
For Flom and her teammates, the Winona State 2021 campaign will provide the opportunity to showcase work accomplished in an extended off-season, and will look to build on their impressive 2019 season in which WSU and head coach Joe Getzin went 21-8 overall and 13-7 in NSIC play.
A veteran cast joins Flom in 2021, with fifth-year setter Bre Maloney likely tasked with running the Warrior offense. Maloney, a 2019 All-NSIC Second Team pick, was fifth overall in the NSIC in assists that year, racking up 10.74 helpers per match. Becca Pagel was also top 10 in the NSIC in digs, registering 465 in 106 sets played, good for a 4.39 average per set. Additionally, Madison Rizner joined Flom in the 2019 NSIC top 20 list for hitting percentage, as the Richfield Center, Wis., senior turned in a .299 hitting percentage, the 16th-best mark in the league. The two-sport standout also earned NSIC mentions in track and field this past spring.
On the sideline, veteran head coach Joe Getzin enters his seventh season with the Warriors and his 21st season overall as a collegiate head coach. Joining Getzin on the sideline are Kristine Pelky, a former standout at the University of Sioux Falls, and former Upper Iowa setter Malissa LeClaire.
The 2021 Winona State volleyball season will start on Sept. 3 when the Warriors open up at the Ferris State University Invitational tournament. Visit winonastatewarriors.com/sports/womens-volleyball/schedule for the full Warrior schedule.
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