Colleges – Southwest Minnesota State

Reiss named national AVCA Volleyball Player of the Year

Reiss named national AVCA Volleyball Player of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky.- The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) announced on Wednesday that Southwest Minnesota State junior outside hitter, Taylor Reiss was named the Division II Player of the Year. The announcement comes just one day after Reiss was named first-team AVCA All-American for a second consecutive season. Reiss, a native of Taunton, Minn., and a 2015 graduate of Minneota High School, was…

Top Ranked SMSU Stunned & Upset By Duluth

Mustang Volleyball Season Ends With 3-0 Sweep

MARSHALL, Minn.- Top-seeded Southwest Minnesota State suffered its second lowest hitting percentage (.179) of the season and had its seven-match win streak snapped by Minnesota Duluth, which came away with a 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 sweep over SMSU on Friday night in the second of two NCAA Central Region semifinal matches in the PE Gym. The loss drops the Mustangs’ record to 11-4…

On to region semi’s for SMSU Mustangs after sweep

On to region semi's for SMSU Mustangs after sweep

MARSHALL, Minn.- Southwest Minnesota State (29-3) held the third team in the nation in hitting percentage, Arkansas Tech (35-1), to just .165 hitting in a 25-9, 25-20, 25-21 sweep on Thursday night in the PE Gym. Taylor Reiss led the Mustangs with 17 kills on 35 swings including a six-kill first set that helped SMSU jump on top of Arkansas…

SMSU and Northern begin play in Central Region

SMSU and Northern begin play in Central Region

The Mustangs of SMSU are hosting the Central Region volleyball tournament as the #1 seed. They are still a young squad, but with Region Player of the Year Taylor Reiss they have been improving all season and winning a lot of close matches along the way. The Northern Wolves brought a 23-6 record into the tournament and will be motivated…

SMSU’s Reiss is Central Region Player of the Year

SMSU's Reiss is Central Region Player of the Year

TOPEKA, Kan. – For the second straight season, Southwest Minnesota State University junior Taylor Reiss has been named the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) Central Region Player of the Year, while teammates senior Brooke Borchardt and senior Megan Larson also garnered all-region accolades which was announced on Tuesday. Reiss and Borchardt were both named to the seven-member first team,…

Sioux Falls Sweeps SMSU In NSIC Doubleheader

USF Men Win 91-85 In Overtime While Women Prevail 76-58

MEN’S RECAP SIOUX FALLS, SD – Junior forward Drew Guebert scored a career-best 36 points with 10 rebounds, including a four-point play late, to rally the University of Sioux Falls Men’s Basketball Team (5-1, 1-0 NSIC) to a 91-85 overtime win over defending NSIC South champion Southwest Minnesota State (4-3, 0-1 NSIC) before 995 at the Stewart Center on Saturday….

SMSU VB team happy to have home court in regions

SMSU VB team happy to have home court in regions

The Mustangs of SMSU will be hosting the Central Region Volleyball Tournament starting Thursday, November 30th and concluding on Saturday in Marshall, At take is a spot in the Elite 8. And junior standout Taylor Reiss, the NSIC player of the week who had 97 kills in the conference tournament, knows it’s a big advantage for her team to be…

SMSU Volleyball to host Central Region Tourney

SMSU Volleyball to host Central Region Tourney

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second time in school history, the Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball program will host the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament, which will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. The NCAA Division II volleyball national committee announced the 64-team tournament field tonight with SMSU earning the region’s No. 1 seed. The eight-team region…

SMSU Sweeps Concordia-St. Paul To Take NSIC Tournament Title

Mustangs Get Auto Bid To NCAA Tournament & Will Likely Host Regional

St. PAUL, Minn. – Taylor Reiss, the tournament Most Valuable Player, recorded a match-high 25 kills to lead Southwest Minnesota State to a 3-0 victory over Concordia-St. Paul in championship match of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament on Sunday.   SMSU (28-3), the No. 2 seed in the tournament and the No. 4 ranked team in Division II, won…

Reiss’ 41 Kills Leads SMSU To Five Set Semifinal Win Over Augie

Mustangs Advance To NSIC Tournament Championship

St. PAUL, Minn.- Taylor Reisshad another record setting day as she racked up a career-high 41 kills with a .367 hitting percentage in a thrilling 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-8 win for Southwest Minnesota State over Augustana in the first of two NSICsemifinal matches on Saturday afternoon in the Gangelhoff Center. Reiss, who tied an NSIC Tournament record for kills in…

Northern Men Win 81-68 at SMSU

Northern Men Win 81-68 at SMSU

Marshall, Minn. – The top picked Northern State Wolves faced off against the second picked Southwest Minnesota State mustangs in non-conference action on Wednesday evening, with the Wolves coming out on top 81-68. Northern improves to 81-68 overall and 65-25 all-time against the Mustangs. It was a close game through the first 20 minutes of action, as the two teams…

SMSU wins big as Reiss has 31 kills in NSIC Quarterfinals

SMSU wins big as Reiss has 31 kills in NSIC Quarterfinals

MARSHALL, Minn.- Taylor Reiss had a season high 31 kills with a .518 hitting percentage as fourth-ranked Southwest Minnesota State (26-3) defeated Upper Iowa University (21-9), 25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 25-14 in the NSIC Tournament Quarterfinals on Wednesday night in the PE Gym. Reiss, the NSIC Player of the Year for a second consecutive season, also added seven digs and there block…

Mustangs Fall Flat At Wayne State

SMSU Loses 20-6

WAYNE, Neb. – Wayne State used a strong defensive effort and used a long fourth quarter touchdown run to earn a 20-6 victory over Southwest Minnesota State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football on Saturday afternoon.   SMSU, which has now lost three straight games, drops to 2-4 overall, 0-2 NSIC South. The Mustangs were limited to 244 yards of…

Mickey & Cougars Outlast Southwest Minnesota State

USF Is 5-0 After 24-10 Win In Marshall

MARSHALL, Minn. – The #5/7 University of Sioux Falls Football Team (5-0, 1-0 NSIC South), led by 212 yards rushing and two TDs 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…

Bemidji State Blitzes SMSU

Mustangs Fall 40-22

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State took advantage of two Southwest Minnesota State first half turnovers to build a 30-7 halftime lead and went on to earn a 40-22 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory on Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium. Jordan Hein completed 15 of 32 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 47 yards on eight attempts…

SMSU Stays Perfect Behind Play of Reiss at USF

SMSU Stays Perfect Behind Play of Reiss at USF

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The No. 1 ranked Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team remained undefeated with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the University of Sioux Falls on Tuesday night at the Stewart Center. SMSU, which improves to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, won by scores of 25-16, 21-25, 28-26 and 25-16. USF drops to 6-2 overall,…

Reiss Knows It’s Early To Be Excited About Top Ranking

Reiss Knows It's Early To Be Excited About Top Ranking

The SMSU Mustangs come into Tuesday night’s match at USF with a perfect 10-0 record. And they are ranked #1 in D-II after knocking off previously-ranked #1 Concordia-St. Paul 10 days agin. But junior Taylor Reiss knows it’s far too early to get caught up in the excitement of being ranked #1, even though it is still a nice honor…

Reiss Leading Charge For Mustang Volleyball

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MARSHALL, MN  —  It’s coincidence that Taylor Reiss wears the number one. “When I came here this was the jersey they gave me so I didn’t choose it or anything!” SMSU Junior Taylor Reiss says. That Southwest Minnesota State was her top choice to play college volleyball coming out of Minneota wasn’t. “I started playing volleyball when I was in…

Mustangs Gallop Past Minot State

SMSU Beats MSU 28-20

MARSHALL, Minn. – Ashanti Payne rushed for 148 yards with a career-high three touchdowns on a career-high 29 carries to lead Southwest Minnesota State to a thrilling 28-20 Ag Bowl victory over Minot State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football on Saturday night at the Schwan Regional Event Center.   Payne rushed for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to…

Mustangs Edge Vikings in NSIC Thriller at Elmen Center

Mustangs Edge Vikings in NSIC Thriller at Elmen Center

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- No. 1 Southwest Minnesota State’s offense relied heavily on its two outside hitters, Kaylee Burmeister and Taylor Reiss, who combined for 44 combined kills in a tight, 3-2 win to improve on the best start in school history at Augustana on Thursday night in the Elmen Center. The Mustangs (8-0) looked as if they would cruise to a…