On the Bench with Byron Higgin
Player of Week honors, again for Reiss, Larson
Southwest Minnesota State volleyball players, Taylor Reiss and Megan Larson, were each named Player of the Week by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) after their respective performances this past weekend against St. Cloud State and No. 6 Minnesota Duluth.
Taylor Reiss, a graduate of Minneota High School, was named Offensive Player of the Week after averaging 4.83 kills per set with 29 total kills over the weekend.
Reiss moved into top-10 in school history in career kills with her 12-kill performance against St. Cloud State on Friday night.
A junior outside hitter, Reiss also added eight block assists and finished with a .448 attack percentage in the Mustangs’ two sweeps over the weekend.
She posted a .500 attack percentage in SMSU’s sweep of No. 6 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday while racking up 17 total kills on 32 attacks with one error.
Larson, another Minneota High School alum, was named Setter of the Week after averaging 13.83 assists per set while helping the Mustangs to a conference best, .351 hitting percentage as a team over the weekend.
SMSU posted a .386 hitting percentage in the win over UMD on Saturday. Larson, the Mustangs’ all-time leader in career assists also added 11 digs and three blocks over the weekend and currently ranks third in the country with 12.6 assists per set.
Larson and Reiss both earned Player of the Week honors back on Sept. 11, after their respective performances in the Colorado Premier. Reiss and Larson were also both two-time recipients of their respective awards in 2016.
The Mustangs (15-0, 7-0 NSIC) will look to set the mark for the second longest win streak in school history on Friday night when they travel to play at MSU Moorhead beginning at 6 p.m.
SMSU will then face Northern State on the road on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
Josephson, USF beat Mustangs
The University of Sioux Falls Football Team (5-0, 1-0 NSIC South), which was led by 212 yards rushing from senior All-American running back Max Mickey and another shutdown defensive effort, picked up a fifth straight win to open the season in a 24-10 NSIC decision over Southwest Minnesota State (2-3, 0-1 NSIC South) on Saturday night.
Against SMSU, USF recorded its 50th all-time victory in NSIC play (50-10, .833). Isaac Josephson of Minneota had three solo tackles and one assist.
USF won for a 17th consecutive time in league play and defeated SMSU for the sixth consecutive time, spoiling the Mustangs’ homecoming before 3,878 in attendance at Mattke Field.
ODDS AND ENDS:
•The Minneota JV girls volleyball team won the Dawson-Boyd tournament last weekend. They beat Lakeview, 2-1 in the championship.
•Minneota’s Monday night JV football game with Ortonville was postponed.
•There were no Cross Country meets in the past week. The Canby-Minneota squad will resume with a 4:15 p.m. meet Thursday at Luverne. They also run Tuesday at Adrian.
•The Prairie Lakes Wellness Center and Watertown Optimist Club are sponsoring a girl’s volleyball tournament for grade seventh, eighth and ninth. The tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4.
The tournament is for school or traveling teams. Teams will either play in pool and bracket play or round robin. There is a cost per team. Deadline is October 24.
To sign up or for more information, contact John Small or Dave Greenman at 605-882-6250 or jsmall@watertownsd.