SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Following an upset loss in the first match at the 2012 NAIA Volleyball National Championship No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan University picked up a 3-0 victory over No. 20 Cal State-San Marcos at Tyson Even Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Wildcats improve to 1-1 in Pool F and are now even with the Cougars. No. 21 Viterbo (Wis.) University upset No. 6 The Master's (Calif.) College in the other pool play match. Viterbo leads Pool F with a 2-0 record while The Master's is 0-2. The final pool play contests will be tomorrow and the top two teams will advance to Friday.
"We are in a situation where our pool can end in a three way tie," said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Candace Moats. "There are some tie procedures and many different scenarios that can play out."
The best results for Indiana Wesleyan on Thursday would be a victory over The Master's and a Viterbo win over Cal State-San Marcos. That situation would allow IWU and Viterbo to advance to Friday's play. But there could also be a three way tie for first place or a three way tie for second place which would result in single set matches being played to determine who advances.
To get to this point, Indiana Wesleyan earned the huge win tonight versus Cal State-San Marcos by scores of 25-23, 29-27, 25-23. Following a rough loss to Viterbo on Tuesday, Indiana Wesleyan was able to right the ship on Wednesday and it began earlier in the day in team meetings.
"We did something bigger than just getting a win tonight," said Moats. "We had to go back to get our hearts right and to do what we've been doing all season and that is to glorify the Lord and to love each other. Competition can get you so off that pathway."
"So we had a comeback to perspective today. We didn't talk about winning or losing in our devotions today but what are we learning in this experience. And that is win or lose we play for the Lord, and we play for the right heart and motive. We need to play for Him and that is what we did tonight."
On the court, Indiana Wesleyan was led by junior middle hitter Kristine Egebrecht with 11 kills and no errors for a .579 hitting percentage. She also had five digs and three block assists.
Senior setter Yui Iwase assisted on 32 Wildcat kills and earned five of her own with a .556 attack percentage. Senior outside hitter Rachel Quackenbush and sophomore opposite hitter Alijah Mulitauopele each contributed eight kills while freshman middle hitter Kristin Predajna added seven. Mulitauopele also served three aces.
Three Wildcats tallied double digit digs and junior libero Rebecca Brandes led all players with 30. Quackenbush had 13 and junior outside hitter Rae Brandes totaled 10 digs.
Indiana Wesleyan will finish pool play tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET against The Master's.