No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan sweeps Presentation for 21st win, most in a season since 1993

DWU closes out the non-conference schedule.

Action from DWU women's volleyball 3-0 sweep over Presentation College on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in the Christen Family Athletic Center. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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The No. 15-ranked Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team earned its 21st win of the season Tuesday night with a three-set sweep over Presentation, making it the most wins in a season for a Tiger team in the Lindsey Wilber era as coach.

Set scores were 25-16, 28-26 and 29-27 in the non-conference match at the Christen Family Athletic Center. Twenty-one wins in a season is the most for a DWU team since 39 wins in 1993, and this is the second 20-win season in Wilber's eight seasons as head coach.

The Tigers had at least 16 kills in each of the three sets, including hitting .433 on the attack in the opening set, and DWU hit .294 in the entire match.

For DWU, Ady Dwight had 17 kills, while Mackenzie Miller had a 12-kill night and hit .600 for the match. Mariah Gloe added 10 kills and three aces and Abby Brunsing had nine kills and four blocks. On the same day she was named the NAIA national setter of the week, Madeline Else had 48 assists and eight digs. Hanna Reiff had 25 digs for the Tigers.

GALLERY: Dakota Wesleyan volleyball sweeps Presentation College 3-0
Becca Payne had 10 kills for the Saints (12-10), with Olivia Corey posting 19 assists and Laura Babcock had 18 digs, with six blocks from Kerstin Knopik.


The match was the final non-conference outing for the Tigers for the regular-season, with the Tigers finishing 12-2 in non-GPAC matches.

DWU (21-5) travels to No. 6 Midland for a 7:30 p.m. match on Friday, Oct. 22, followed by a 4 p.m. match Saturday, Oct. 23 at Concordia.

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An 8-0 run by DWU capped by a Koln Oppold go-ahead 3-pointer gave the Tigers the final edge, as the Red Raiders put up just two points over the final 4 1/2 minutes of play.
The Tigers never trailed for the second game in a row, pulling ahead by as many as 18 points in the third quarter on the way to a road GPAC win.
"I think he truly felt like you were going to be rewarded for doing the right things," Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said of the legendary late Cougar football coach.