Through the early stages of the season, the Northern State soccer and volleyball teams have something in common: they are both undefeated.
The NSU volleyball team is currently 7-0, while the Wolves’ soccer team is currently 4-0.
The Northern volleyball team won the Maverick Invitational on the Minnesota State campus this past weekend. The Wolves defeated Mankato 3-1 in the championship match to keep its undefeated record intact. The Wolves have only dropped three sets so far this season.
“We have got some good performances from our team,” Northern State coach Brent Aldridge said. “On the road at Mankato, that is a nice win for us.”
NSU sophomore Kelsey Chambers was named the Most Valuable Player of the Maverick Invitational. Fellow sophomore Drew Smith was named to the all-tournament team. The Wolves have received solid contributions from a number of players, such as Cari McGarvie, Tori Biach, Jussy Tuscherer, Renee Hoffman, Macey Finizio and Sami Nygaard.
However, Aldridge did not single any one player as the main reason for the perfect start.
“It is more of a team thing that stands out to me,” Aldridge said. “We have put sort of a short list of kids on the floor and they have done really well.”
Now the Wolves will shift their attention to the always-tough Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule. The NSIC is perhaps the toughest Division II volleyball league in the country. The conference currently has four of the top-10 teams in the recent national poll, including No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul.
Northern will open its conference season this Thursday at Mary and then will host Minot State on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Wachs Arena in its home-opener.
The NSU soccer team played its first NSIC game of the season on Sunday as it defeated Minnesota State-Moorhead in overtime to remain undefeated.
“I think it is a great start,” Northern State soccer coach Steve Kehm said, “obviously any time you go to play a match you expect to win, but winning three of four on the road has been a pleasant surprise.”
The Wolves have been balanced much like the volleyball team. Six different players have scored eight of the goals so far. Alyssa Wilde leads the way with three goals on the season. Northern’s defense has allowed only three goals.
“It has been a real collective effort,” Kehm said. “That has been real helpful.”
The Wolves now get into the conference season as well. Northern will play at Wayne State College on Saturday and at Augustana College on Sunday to kick off its NSIC schedule. The Wolves play every Saturday and Sunday until early November.
“It is just a constant grind,” Kehm said.
Presentation College fall baseball
Presentation College won’t have to wait until the spring to get some baseball games played.
Last month, the North Star Athletic Association announced it was going to schedule a fall baseball season.
“There is really no negatives to what this is going to do to our recruiting,” PC baseball coach Jesse Eikum said, “and being able to sell, ‘You are playing baseball in the fall.’ ”