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John DiSalle / Winonan
Homecoming was celebrated across campus this past weekend with festivities and games. Those who came out to Talbot Gymnasium to watch the No. 6 Winona State University volleyball team were given many reasons to celebrate.
This weekend Winona State’s volleyball team moved 17-3 overall and 8-3 in the NSIC with two victories over top ten teams in the nation and in the NSIC.
The Warriors opened their homecoming matches on Friday with a victory over Wayne State College out of Nebraska in four sets (25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23).
The first set was tightly contested as the Warriors gained the lead 12-11. Then, a kill by sophomore Maria Wrage, a service ace by junior setter McKenna Larsen, an attack error by the Wildcats, and a kill by junior Danielle Rampart put the Warriors up 16-11. Winona State would hold on to win the first set 25-18.
In the second set, the Wildcats kicked off a demanding 10-5 lead. The Wildcats hit a .233 attack percentage and held the Warriors to a .147 attack percentage. The visiting team took the second set victory 25-19.
After a quick recess, Wayne State once again came out of the locker room energized. Wayne State took a 7-3 lead early in the third set, but the Warriors fought back. Later in the set, Winona State came back to tie up the set at 14 a piece. The Warriors won the third set 25-20.
In the fourth and final set of the match, Winona State hit a .160 attack percentage along with 14 kills. Those statistics would be enough to hold off Wayne State for a 25-23 fourth set victory and would secure a victory over Wayne State.
“(Winona State) is a great college environment.Two top ten teams battling it out; we had great crowd support,” head coach Joe Getzin said. “Wayne State is a team that makes you earn every point. We were happy to come out with a W.”
Winona State showed through this four-set victory they were willing to battle through long and tough points to come out on top.
“We knew coming into the match that they were a long rally team that waits for us to make a mistake,” Larsen said. “So, we kept attacking at them and played our game, and that turned out in our favor.”
Proceeding Saturdays’ football game, Warrior fans packed the gyme once again to watch the Winona State volleyball team take on Augustana University.
The Warriors won a classic five-set match against Augustana (25-17, 19-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-11).
The drive and determination of the Warriors would become apparent to those in attendance when they took a 9-2 first set lead. The Vikings did not take the lead in this set and the Warriors came away with a first set victory 25-17.
In the second set, defense played a large role as Augustana held the Warriors to a .024 attack percentage and won the set 25-19. In the third set, the Vikings jumped out to a 15-11 lead which led to a Winona State timeout. Augustana won the set 25-19.
In a fifth set, winner took the match thriller. Augustana and Winona State were tied at six. The Warriors would go on a four point run with two attack errors by Augustana and two kills by junior Lauren Kudronowicz. When the Warriors were up 14-9, Larsen assisted junior Taylor Goar with a kill that granted the Warriors their second victory over a top 10 team over homecoming weekend.
The Warriors’ ranking as sixth in the nation (as of Tuesday, Oct. 18) is the highest ranking in program history. The team’s next home game will be Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Talbot Gymnasium.
-By John DiSalle
As the Winona State University KEAP Council Coordinators, we strongly voice our support for Turtle Island Student Organization’s efforts to break ground on the indigenous learning garden project here at Winona State. It is our understanding that this project will contextualize James Earle Fraser’s artwork “The End of the Trail,” which currently resides in the center of our campus, and portrays an inherently problematic understanding of Native American history. This garden has been discussed for many years, and we feel it is time to finally bring it to fruition. It is high time we stop perpetuating centuries-old stereotypes about Native Americans and live up to our mission statement as a university to educate the campus community on the history and current lives of Native peoples.
As KEAP Council coordinators, it is our mission to critically engage students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other allies to create and sustain a campus culture in which diverse persons, organizations, and groups can learn and develop to their greatest potential and participate in society to their maximum ability. It is also our mission to advocate for students and ensure that our campus welcomes and celebrates the diversity of our student body in the most humanizing and respectful way.
We write this letter to demonstrate our full support for the indigenous learning garden project as proposed, as we feel it is only right to place this garden where the artwork currently stands or in front of Minné rather than stowing it away in a less visible location on campus. We also write this letter to press for work on the garden to finally begin.
Nasro Abbas and Alexis Salem
KEAP Council Coordinators