The Northwestern volleyball team won 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18) over the 19th ranked team in NCAA D-III, Nebraska Wesleyan, on Saturday, Oct. 30. The win also put the Raiders’ conference winning streak at 57 games. It broke the record held by Dordt from the 2002-06 seasons.
A 24-kill effort and .413 hitting percentage by senior Hilary Hanno led the Raiders. Fellow senior Bobbie jean Rich added seven kills and a great defensive effort with six blocks. Sophomore Jennie Jansen also recorded six blocks. Senior Kaitlin Beaver set up 41 kills, and the Raiders were led in digs by sophomore Jaci Moret with 13.
The Raiders served 82 percent on the day and had four aces.
With Tuesday night’s win at Sioux Falls 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 26-24), the Raiders finished the regular season with a 32-0 record. This brings Coach Kyle Van Den Bosch’s career record at NW to 186-41.
The Raiders were led in kills by Hanno with 13. Hanno also received GPAC Player of the Week for the second straight week. Sophomore Kate Buyert registered 11 kills and hit .500 on the match. Jansen and junior Rylee Hulstein also tallied seven kills each.
Rich tied Hanno for top honors in the blocks department with four. Rich, Moret and sophomore Danie Floerchinger also scrapped up 10 digs each. Beaver led the Raiders in assists with 35 and aces with three.
NW will play at home in the GPAC tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 9.