Wayne State setter Leisa McClintock had over 1,000 assists last season as a freshman.
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The Wayne State volleyball team has eight straight national tourney appearances and are ranked 20th in the NCAA Division II poll. Wayne State has five starters back from a 22-10 team.
Setter Leisa McClintock, from Bishop Heelan, had over 1,000 assists as a freshman and was a second team all-NSIC pick.
Senior outsider hitter Cori Hobbs of Battle Creek led the 'Cats with over 300 kills.
Wayne State is picked fourth in the conference, but feels they can compete for a national title.
"Our goal is to compete at the conference level first," said Wayne State head coach Scott Kneifl. "If we're competing for our conference championship, we know we'll be right in the hunt for a national championship. So, we're going to take it one game at a time."
"I think we have a lot of good players coming back and we have a lot of good incoming freshmen to push us harder and make each other better," said Hobbs.
"We definitely have the toughest conference but I think it's what makes us better," said McClintock. "If we play weak teams, then our level stays at that level. Playing teams that challenge us help us get where we should be."
The Wildcats open the season September 6th at the Concordia-St. Paul tourney. The first home match is September 19th against Sioux Falls.
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