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Facing another week of conference competition, the Winona State University women’s volleyball team competed in games against Concordia University-St. Paul, University of Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State University to post one win and two losses.
Opening the week against Concordia-St. Paul, head coach Joe Getzin said Concordia is always dangerous.
“Any team that wins seven straight national titles is always going to be tough to beat,” Getzin said.
Travelling to St. Paul, the Warriors committed numerous errors in the first set. Concordia cruised to a 25-12 first set victory while holding the Warriors to a .000 hitting percentage.
In the second set the Warriors kept the score close until the end. Both teams went point for point until Concordia claimed the set win 25-23.
The Warriors took an early lead 8-0 in the third set — a lead they would not surrender. A small Concordia comeback was overcome by a similar Warrior comeback, but the game closed out 25-20 in favor of the Warriors.
Even with the momentum from the win, the Warriors fell to Concordia’s offense in the fourth and final set of the match by a score of 25-14.
The offense for the Warriors was led by efforts from Taylor Goar and Kylea Roeglin who each had ten kills. Defensively, Jamie Cairncross had 15 digs, while Danielle Rampart recorded nine, as the team put up one of their best defensive outings of the season.
Returning home after a three game road trip, the Warriors were set to face Sioux Falls on Friday, Oct. 17 and Southwest Minnesota State the following day.
Like the Concordia game, the Warriors dropped the first set of the match by a 25-23 score. Rebounding in the second set the Warrior offense picked up the pace and led the way to a 25-16 win. A third set was again a Warrior victory. This time the score was 25-19.
The following set gave the Warriors their third straight set win and the fourth and final set gave them the match win. Goar helped to push the Warriors ahead in the last set with six kills in a 25-23 Warrior win.
Three Warriors finished the match with a double-double as Goar had 14 digs and 16 kills, Larsen had 10 kills with 43 assists and Rampart had 12 kills and 13 digs.
Finishing the week against Southwest Minnesota State the Warriors were taken down in straight sets by the sixth-ranked Mustangs.
The Warriors fell behind early in the first set, giving the Mustangs a 25-23 opening set win. A similar story for the second set, the Warriors fell by a score of 25-22.
The Warriors lost the third and final set 25-16 to give Southwest Minnesota the sweep. The defense held Southwest Minnesota to a .236 hitting percentage and the offense posted a .097 hitting percentage for the entire match.
At week’s end the Warriors are 14-5 on the season and have a 9-4 record in the NSIC. A three game road series starts next weekend with matches against Wayne State University and Augustana College on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25, respectively.
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Winona State University is trending the hashtag #SustyChallenge as a part of the 2014 Sustainability Challenge: a monthlong challenge open to students, faculty and staff to encourage environmentally conscious practices on campus.
The challenge promotes awareness of being environmentally green through various team activities. By breaking bad habits and creating good green habits, environmental awareness is created and sustained.
Mike Plombon, a senior nursing student at Winona State, said, “The challenge will help the environment down the road, mostly be promoting environmentally conscious practices.”
One of the teams, “The Bonnie Rae’s,” sat down to discuss the Sustainability Challenge with their captain, Linda Heath.
“It’s a good way to get involved with the community,” Heath said, smiling at her students, who are mostly nursing majors.
“As nursing majors, we can promote being environmental sustainable through our patients,” Plombon said. “We can touch different audiences normal people can’t.”
The Sustainability Challenge’s goal is directed toward promoting green practices, but it also promotes doing things to help lower environmental impact on Earth by making changes in daily life.
Matt Benson and Katie Blegen, participants in the challenge, mentioned a few of these changes.
“We use washable plates, we carpool and pick up trash alongside the road,” Benson said.
“I actually started unplugging my toaster and turning off the lights in the rooms I am not in,” Blegen said. “Even my roommates started to help.”
To win the Sustainability Challenge, teams are given a sheet of sustainable practices which get scored. With every activity, the team receives points, and at the end of the challenge the team with the most points will be named victor and will take home other prizes.
Other environmentally conscious practices include walking to school, using a reusable bottle, not smoking, washing clothes in cold water, unplugging at least three appliances when not in use and eating a meatless meal.
“I actually unplug all my appliances when I go home for the long weekend,” Blegen said. “It is about being aware of the environment.”
The Sustainability Challenge will last more than four weeks.
“The Bonnie Rae’s” believe they will win the challenge.