NSIC roundup

Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:

– The first NCAA Super Region 3 rankings were released Monday, and three NSIC schools cracked the top four. Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State were ranked Nos. 2-4, respectively. Northwest Missouri State held the top spot, despite being No. 2 behind Mankato in the national poll.

The top six teams in the final Super Region 3 rankings earn a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

– St. Cloud State senior Phillip Klaphake tied the school record with five touchdown passes in a single game during the Huskies’ 64-7 win over Northern State on Saturday.

Klaphake finished 22 of 30 for 293 yards and approached two milestones. His 9,632 career passing yards trail only Keith Heckendorf’s all-time SCSU mark of 9,695 set from 2000 to 2003. Klaphake is also 81 passing yards from surpassing 2,000 for a fourth consecutive season.

Klaphake was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week and teammate Jack Moro earned the defensive honor.

Moro, a senior defensive back, set a new school record with his 20th and 21st career interceptions. Moro returned his second pick of the day 72 yards for a touchdown.

– Concordia-St. Paul kick returner Corey Cole was named the NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week after tying a Division II record with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Golden Bears beat Wayne State 28-24.

Cole ranks first in the conference and third in the nation with an average of 34.5 yards per kickoff return.

– University of Mary junior wide receiver Nick Jolliffe continued his productive season, setting career highs with 12 catches and 148 receiving yards in a 48-41 loss at Minnesota State-Moorhead.

The Bismarck High product’s 51 receptions are tied for the NSIC lead with Minot State’s Wayne Peters and Upper Iowa’s Lucas Hefty. Jolliffe is second in the league in TD catches (11) and fifth in receiving yardage (678).

– Mary linebacker and Turtle Lake native Grant Singer tied his season high with 15 tackles against Moorhead. Singer leads the NSIC with 87 tackles, is second in tackles for loss (13.5) and fifth in sacks (5.5).

– Sioux Falls junior middle blocker Samantha Lovell recorded a .532 hitting percentage with 30 kills on 47 attempts as the Cougars went 2-1 on the week, including a five-set win at No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State.

Lovell, who also posted 19 stuff blocks in the three matches, was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week.

Duluth volleyball players received two awards. Ashley Hinsch was named the setter of the week after recording 70 assists in five sets against No. 17 Wayne State. Junior defensive specialist Julie Rainey collected 69 digs in three matches, an average of 6.27 per set. Rainey was named the defensive player of the week.

– Southwest Minnesota State freshman Brienna Dehkes garnered NSIC Women’s Soccer Goalie of the Week honors after posting her league-leading seventh and eighth shutouts against Concordia-St. Paul and No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato.

Dehkes needed just one save in a 3-0 win against C-SP, but tallied a career-high 12 in a 110-minute, scoreless tie with the Mavericks.

– Daily News Staff