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Wartburg finishes 3-1 in Knights classic

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The No. 15 Wartburg volleyball team (20-4) went 3-1 at its annual Knight’s Classic this weekend, losing only to No. 7 St. Thomas.

“It was a great tournament in regards to we didn’t have our best showing at [Buena Vista], so when we came into this tournament we knew we had to play a lot better,” head coach Jennifer Walker said.

On the first day of matches, they faced both St. Olaf (8-14) and St. Thomas (23-1) from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Wartburg swept St. Olaf, 25-11, 25-14, and 25-21.

The Sieck sisters led the team in kills with Britlyn having 16 and her younger sister Ramey recording 11.  Ramey also had 30 assists and Marissa Shinstine had 13 digs.

The Knights beat the Oles in several categories throughout the match including kills (48-25), digs 51-38, hitting percentage (.356 vs. .112) and blocks (7-0).

The Knights faced No. 7 St. Thomas later that night and lost a very tight game, 19-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 and 15-13.

“It was a great game we have had two great games this season in my eyes against them where we are just on the entire time,” Walker said.

Four players finished with double digit kills against the Tommies, Bailey Wilson and Britlyn Sieck both had 16 and Maddie Forsyth and Kelly Niemann each had 12.

“I think Maddie Forsyth showed us some amazing play when she sets her mind to it she pounds the heck out of the balls,” Walker said.

Saturday, Wartburg faced non-conference teams Nebraska Wesleyan (9-10) and Gustavus Adolphus (7-14).

Against Nebraska Wesleyan, Wartburg won 30-28, 25-21, 25-10. Ramey Sieck led in assists with 44 and digs with 15. Her sister Britlyn led the team in kills with 20. The Knights led the Prairie Wolves in team blocks (5-1), kills (52-40), and hitting percentage (.292-.158).

Wartburg went on to face the Golden Gusties which they also won with scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-14. Ramey Sieck and Maddie Forsyth had team highs in kills with nine.

Ramey and Britlyn Sieck were both named to the All-Tournament team.

“Britlyn Sieck is just a smart, heads-up player. She is a great leader and makes a play when we need her too, and Ramey is just consistent with everything she does,” Walker said.

The Knights defeated Buena Vista Tuesday, 25-21, 25-22, 25-11 and return to IIAC competition Wednesday when they host Luther.

Ramey Sieck partially blocks the kill attempt of a St. Thomas player in the Knight’s 3-2 loss at their home tournament Friday. The match paired two of the top 15 teams in the nation. — Oxana Protchenko/TRUMPET

IOWA CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS

Wartburg (4-0, 20-4)

Coe (4-0, 15-9)

Dubuque (3-1, 10-15)

Loras (2-2, 8-12)

Luther (1-3, 9-10)

Central (1-3, 7-12)

Simpson (1-3, 7-16)

Buena Vista (0-4, 4-17)

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