Taylor Reiss

Taylor Reiss national ‘Player of Year’

Southwest Minnesota State senior outside hitter Taylor Reiss has earned Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year accolades for the third time in her career, making her the first player in conference history to do so, the NSIC announced on Thursday morning.

Reiss was the lone Mustang to earn All-NSIC first team honors while sophomore middle blocker Sarina Smith and senior libero Kaylee Burmeister were both named All-NSIC second team.

Reiss, a native of Taunton and a 2015 graduate of Minneota High School, became the second player in school history to earn 2,000 careers, which she surpassed last weekend totaling 2,039 career kills.

Reiss has earned All-NSIC first team all four-years during her tenure as a Mustang. Reiss leads the team in kills (557), kills per set (5.93), total attacks (1,337), hitting percentage (.329), and points (624.5).

Reiss is the conference and national leader in kills per set (5.93), points per set (6.64), and total kills (557), and in addition, is the conference leader in attacks per set (14.22), and total attacks (1,337).

Reiss ranks second in kills (2,039) in the all-time career rankings.

She is also second in kills per set (4.95), points (2,311.5), third in attack attempts (4,954), third in points per set (5.61), sixth in attack percentage (.315), and seventh in service attempts (1,527).

The No. 7 Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team was seeded third in the NSIC tournament and hosts the number sixth seed, Wayne State, on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the PE Gym for a NSIC quarterfinal match-up.

SMSU earned the third seed in the NSIC Conference Tournament after drawing with Concordia-St. Paul with 16-4 records in the NSIC but earned the third seed due to strength of schedule. SMSU (21-7, 16-4 NSIC) closed the regular season by extending its winning streak to eight-matches after going undefeated this weekend with a five-set victory over Upper Iowa (25-13,25-16,18-25,19-25,15-13) on Friday and a four-set victory over Winona State (29-27,23-25,25-21,25-18) on Saturday.

Reiss led all matches in kills, recording 48 in her double-double weekend.

Reiss earned 23 kills and 23 digs against Upper Iowa and 25 kills and 17 digs against Winona State. Kaylee Burmeister earned a career-high 34 digs against Upper Iowa on Friday to total 54 digs in weekend play.

Emma Thomssen paced the Mustangs with 115 assists in the two matches.

Reiss became the first player in conference history to win NSIC Player of the Week three consecutive years. She also earned All-NSIC first team. Sarina Smith and Burmeister earned All-NSIC second team, announced last Thursday.

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