Volleyball
 

 
Ridgewater College volleyball is one of the strongest two-year college programs in the nation. The Lady Warriors have participated in 12 NJCAA Division III National Tournaments, winning the championship in 2011, 2010, 2006 and 2002. Their efforts have led them to seven consecutive National Tournaments, playing in the championship match in six of those opportunities. Our rich tradition continues to excel with skilled, talented and successful student-athletes who thrive in a team-first program.
 
  • Our student-athletes have made a defined commitment to excellence on the volleyball court and in the classroom.
  • The Lady Warriors have qualified for 18 Region 13A Tournaments and 27 MCAC State Tournaments since 1980.
  • Ridgewater has been a stronghold within the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, capturing seven MCAC state titles and winning the MCAC Southern Division seven years in a row.
  • Numerous Ridgewater volleyball athletes have been recognized as NJCAA All-Americans. Our program has been a springboard for student-athletes to transfer to four-year colleges to participate in volleyball.



 

2011 NJCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!

 

Warriors Set to Open 2012 Season as Preseason #1
Monday, August 20, 2012
 

The Ridgewater College Lady Warriors are slated open the season as host of the annual Ridgewater Classic Volleyball Tournament beginning on Friday, August 24. In the first NJCAA Division III Poll of the 2012 season, the Lady Warriors were tabbed as #1. Ridgewater will open against NJCAA Division I opponent Dawson Community College at 2pm and will play the nightcap at 8pm against Ellsworth CC. To view the complete tournament schedule, click here.

A SWEET REPEAT!!!
Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Ridgewater College Lady Warriors are again NJCAA Division III National Champions!!! In a rematch of the 2010 title game, an intense and competitive atmosphere produced the same result, a Warrior win! Ridgewater was able to lock down a 31-29 first set win, though let down 17-25 in the second set.  Extra points were needed in the third set, but Ridgewater edged Brookhaven 29-27.  An early fourth set lead was all that was needed as they sealed the championship with a 25-22 win.  Molly Hurrle, Kelsey Stommes, Taylor Elzenga and Hannah Smith were named to the All-Tournament team, with Smith winning MVP honors.

This is the second consecutive National Championship for the Warriors, the third in six seasons and the fourth title for the program overall.  The Warriors end the season with a 31-3 record, the best winning percentage in school history. 

Watch Championship Match Today Live Online
Saturday, November 12, 2011

If you aren't able to make the trip to Rochester to watch today's 2:30pm National Championship match, you can watch it live via webcast by clicking here...

Two Wins Sets Up A Rematch of 2010 Title Match
Friday, November 11, 2011

With a pair of three set victories, the Lady Warriors have earned a spot in the National Championship match.  A quarterfinal match proved to be closer than seeding indicated, but Ridgewater prevailed with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-19 win.  This victory earned them a rematch with Rock Valley College, whom they met in the semifinals in 2010.  Solid play both offensively and defensively helped the Warriors cruise to a 25-14, 25-23, 25-14 victory.   Ridgewater will face Brookhaven College Saturday at 2:30pm for the National Championship, a rematch of the 2010 National Championship.

Ridgewater Enters NJCAA National Tournament as #1 Seed
Monday, November 7, 2011

For the first time in program history, the Ridgewater Warrior Volleyball team will enter the NJCAA Division III National Tournament as the #1 seed.  Tournament festivities kick off Thursday with team practice and the tournament banquet. The Lady Warriors will open the tournament with a match against Davidson County Community College at 11am on Friday.  All matches are played that Rochester Community and Technical College.  To follow the tournament, you can head to the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission website or follow the tournament on Facebook.

Warriors to Return to Nationals!!!
Saturday, October 29, 2011

For the seventh straight year, the Lady Warriors have captured the Region 13A Championship.  After splitting the first to sets 25-12, 23-25, Ridgewater closed the door quickly with 25-9, 25-18 wins to lock up the title.  This victory qualifies Ridgewater for the NJCAA Division III National Tournament which will be held in Rochester on November 11-12, 2011.  Cassie Ziemer, Molly Hurrle and Emma Sharpe were named to the All-Tournament team.

Sluggish Match Enough to Move to Region 13A Finals
Friday, October 28, 2011

An inspired Western Technical College challenged the #1 seeded Lady Warriors with strong passing and defensively play, but the Warriors marched to a 3-0 win to open the Region 13A Volleyball Tournament in Willmar on Friday evening.  In the second match, Rochester CTC edged St. Cloud Technical College in three close sets. This will match Ridgewater and Rochester in tomorrow's 13A Finals at 1pm Saturday afternoon.  Ridgewater is currently ranked #1 in the Nation, Rochester is ranked #4.

Region 13A Semifinals Tonight
Friday, October 28, 2011

The Lady Warriors enter the Region 13A Tournament as the #1 seed.  Ridgewater will open the tournament at 5pm today with match against Western Wisconsin Tech, the #4 seed.  Rochester, the #2 seed will match up with #3 St. Cloud Tech at 7pm.  Winners from today's matches will square off Saturday at 1pm for a bid to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament.

Ridgewater Will Host Region 13A Tournament as the Top Seed
Friday, October 21, 2011

As the end of the regular season for all MCAC teams nears, Ridgewater already has their sights set on the post season.  After clinching the MCAC Southern Division Championship, the Warriors will host Rochester, St. Cloud Technical College and Western Wisconsin Technical College on October 28-29 for the Region 13A Tournament.  In the opening tournament match, #1 Ridgewater will play #4Western Wisconsin Technical College at 5pm, #2 Rochester will meet #3 St. Cloud Technical College at 7pm.  Winners from these matches will advance to the 1pm Championship match on Saturday.

Junior Olympic Tournament Registration Now Open
Friday, October 21, 2011

Registration is now open to Junior Olympic Volleyball teams for the 2012 tournament season.  For more information on our tournaments and to view/print a registration form, please click here.

East Coast Road Trip Concludes with a 4-1 Mark
Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Lady Warriors won back-to-back matches on Saturday morning to finish 4-1 in the Coastal Classic.  A physically demanding tournament with five, best 3 of 5 matches in two days, challenged the team though the results were successful.  Ridgewater defeated Cape Fear 3-0 and the host team Brunswick CC 3-1.  The Warriors won't have a match until Friday, October 28, when they host the opening match of the Region 13A Tournament against Western Technical College at 5pm.

Lady Warriors Start 2-1 at Brunswick CC Tournament
Friday, October 14, 2011

Ridgewater fell a couple of points short of an upset of Pasco Hernando CC, currently ranked #4 in NJCAA Division II, losing 13-15 in the fifth set.  However, two wins earlier in the day over Pitt CC and College of Southern Maryland propelled the Warriors to a strong first day at the Brunswick Community College Coastal Classic Tournament.  The Lady Warriors will be back on the court in twelve hours for a 9am match against Cape Fear Community College, followed by an 11am match with the host college Brunswick.

Warriors Reach 12-0 Mark in MCAC South
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

After clinching the MCAC Southern Division on Saturday, the Lady Warriors went on to finish off divisional play with a 3-0 win against Minnesota West on Tuesday evening.  Ridgewater recognized four sophomores, Molly Hurrle, Aimee Johnson, Hannah Smith and Karli Wendlandt who played their last regular season home match.  In a quick transition, Ridgewater will fly out to Wilmington, North Carolina, this weekend to participate in the Brunswick Community College Classic.

Ridgewater Clinches MCAC Southern Division Title, To Host Regional Championship
Saturday, October 8, 2011

After a first set comeback win, 27-25, Ridgewater rallied to a three set victory over MCAC Southern Division rival Rochester on Saturday afternoon.  The Lady Warriors marched on for a 25-19, 25-18 win in the final two sets.  With the win, Ridgewater clinches the MCAC Southern Division Championship, for the seventh consecutive season.  This top spot also means that Ridgewater will host the Region 13A Tournament on October 28-29.  Ridgewater hosts MN West in their final MCAC Southern Division match of the season on Tuesday at 6:30pm.

Final Regular Season Road Match Ends With Win
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In their last regular season road match, the Lady Warriors breezed past Anoka-Ramsey 25-10, 25-21, 25-21.  Each Ridgewater team member made contributions on the night as they improved to 20-2 for the season and 10-0 in the MCAC Southern Division.  Ridgewater will return home for a Saturday match up with Rochester Community and Technical College.  The Yellowjackets were ranked #3 in today's NJCAA Division III National Volleyball poll, two spots behind top ranked Ridgewater.

Monday Night Sweep!
Monday, October 3, 2011

Ridgewater added their second road win with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 win over St. Cloud Technical College on Monday night.  With the win, Ridgewater qualifies for the Region 13A Tournament to be held on October 28-29.  The Lady Warriors continue their road trip on Wednesday with an MCAC Southern Division match at Anoka-Ramsey.

Warriors Maintain Top Ranking, Recognize National POTW
Thursday, September 29, 2011

With a strong showing at the NDSCS Tournament, Ridgewater maintains their #1 ranking in the latest NJCAA Division III National Poll.  Rochester CTC remained at #2 with Brookhaven College (TX) moving up to #3.  Outside Hitter, Hannah Smith of Willmar was recognized as the NJCAA Division III Player of the week.  It is the first time that a Ridgewater Volleyball Player has been recognized with that honor by the NJCAA.

Road Trip Begins With a Sweep Over MSCTC-Fergus Falls
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Lady Warriors opened their three match road trip with a quick 25-14, 25-10, 25-20 win over MSCTC-Fergus Falls.  With the win, the Lady Warriors improve to 8-0 in the MCAC South, which qualifies them for the Region 13A Tournament at the end of October.  After their first weekend off in a month and a half, they'll travel to St. Cloud Technical College for a rematch on Monday.

Brief Home Stop Produces Sweep for Warriors
Monday, September 26, 2011

In their fifth match in four days, Ridgewater returned home for a 26-24, 25-14, 25-17 win over St. Cloud Technical College.  The win moves the Lady Warriors to a 17-2 overall record, 7-0 in the MCAC Southern Division.  They'll travel to MSCTC-Fergus Falls on Wednesday and remain on the road with matches at St. Cloud Tech and Anoka-Ramsey next week.

Lady Warriors Capture NDSCS Tournament Title
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ridgewater made quick work of their opponents over the weekend at the North Dakota State College of Science volleyball tournament.  On Friday, Ridgewater had a pair of 3-0 wins over UM-Morris JV and Jamestown College JV.  They matched that result on Saturday, with 3-0 wins over host NDSCS and Bismarck State College.  These victories propel the Warriors to a 16-2 overall record and they'll return to Ridgewater for a Monday night match at 6:30pm against St. Cloud Technical College.

Ridgewater Holds On In Tight MCAC Match at MN West
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Despite dropping the first two sets and facing match point twice, the Warriors scratched out a 3-2 victory in Worthington on Wednesday night.  For Ridgewater, Hannah Smith had 21 kills, Taylor Elzenga had 17 and Kelci Viesselman had 16.  Molly Hurrle had 59 set assists and Aimee Johnson had 22 digs.  With the win, Ridgewater reaches the half way point of divisional play with a 6-0 record and improve to 12-2 overall.  They'll head to Wahpeton, North Dakota, for the NDSCS Tournament this weekend.

Latest NJCAA Poll Places Warriors on Top for 3rd Consecutive Week
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The NJCAA National Office has released the weekly NJCAA Division III National Volleyball Poll.  For the third straight week, the Lady Warriors hold the first place ranking ahead of MCAC South Rival Rochester and a pair of teams from Texas. To view the latest poll, click here...

Warriors Notch Win, Begin Road Trip
Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Warriors closed out their recent home stand with a 25-16, 25-8, 25-20 victory over Riverland on Saturday afternoon in Willmar.  Kelsey Stommes and Taylor Elzenga provided eight kills each, Molly Hurrle dished out 21 assists and Hannah Smith notched five ace serves.  Ridgewater (11-2, 5-0 MCAC South) will travel to Minnesota West on Wednesday and proceed to the NDSCS Tournament Friday and Saturday.

MCAC South Lead Increases with Victory Over Anoka-Ramsey
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ridgewater continues to hold a lead in the MCAC Southern Division with a 25-7, 25-17, 25-17 win over Anoka-Ramsey on Wednesday night.  All 14 Warriors contributed to the win, led by Kelci Viesselman with 9 kills, Molly Hurrle with 23 assists and Hannah Smith with 4 ace serves. The Warriors (10-2, 4-0 MCAC South) will stay at home for a match Saturday at 1pm against MCAC Southern Division foe Riverland.

Lady Warriors Split Weekend Matches
Saturday, September 10, 2011

The 2011 Ridgewater Invitational was filled with intense competition. Out of the ten tournament matches played, only one match was a sweep.  Ridgewater battled each opponent, leading to a 2-2 record for the weekend. Victories of 3-1 came against St. Thomas JV and Jamestown JV, while 1-3 losses came to Iowa Central and NDSCS.  Hannah Smith notched 51 kills, 56 digs and 13 aces for the weekend. Kelsey Stommes added 42 kills while hitting .360 and adding 14 blocks.  Aimee Johnson locked in 73 digs and Molly Hurrle guided the offense with 161 assists in 19 sets played.  The Warriors (9-2, 3-0 MCAC South) will remain at home this week with a Wednesday match against Anoka-Ramsey and a Saturday match against Riverland.

Ridgewater Hangs on to Top Spartans
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

MSCTC-Fergus Falls gave the Warriors all they could handle Wednesday night and them some. A late Ridgewater 1st set rally was crucial to the 28-26, 25-20, 25-9 win over the Spartans.  Despite ten Ridgewater missed serves in the first two sets, they had no service errors in the third, in a solid showing in the final set. Hannah Smith had thirteen kills and ten digs, Kelci Viesselman added twelve kills and Kelsey Stommes ten. Ridgewater (7-0, 3-0 MCAC South) will host St. Thomas JV in the first match of the Ridgewater Classic this Friday at noon.

Warriors Claim #1 Ranking in Latest NJCAA Poll
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ridgewater moved up two places in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, claiming the top spot this week.  To view the latest poll results, click here...

Strong Serving Propels Warriors Past Blue Devils
Saturday, September 3, 2011

A little over 12 hours after earning their first MCAC Southern Division win, the Lady Warriors captured their second win with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-21 win over Riverland.  Kelci Viesselman blasted six ace serves, Kelsey Stommes notched a team high 12 kills and Molly Hurrle directed a well balanced offense with 29 assists.  After two days off, Ridgewater (6-0, 2-0 MCAC South) will host MSCTC-Fergus Falls at 6:30pm in their conference home opener.

Warriors Sting Yellowjackets in MCAC Opener
Friday, September 2, 2011

A battle of MCAC Southern Division rivals ended in a 25-12, 25-20, 25-20 win for Ridgewater Friday night in Rochester.  The Warriors relied on strong defensive play and serving to carry the workload in the MCAC opener for Ridgewater.  Kelsey Stommes notched 13 kills and 3 blocks, Hannah Smith added 12 kills and 3 ace serves.  Molly Hurrle guided the Warrior offense with 29 set assists and Aimee Johnson had 15 digs.  Ridgewater moves to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the MCAC South and will travel to Austin for a 1pm match with Riverland.

4-0 Weekend Earns Top Record at Ridgewater Classic
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In their first test of the season, the Lady Warriors notched four weekend victories, best among all teams participating in the Ridgewater Classic over the weekend.  Ridgewater swept NDSCS, Dawson CC and Central Lakes College, before wrapping up the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Ellsworth Community College.  Ridgewater now travels to Rochester to open MCAC Southern Division play on Friday.

Ridgewater Classic Kicks off 2011 Campaign on Friday
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ridgewater will kick off the 2011 season by hosting the Ridgewater Classic this weekend.  To open the tournament, the Lady Warriors will square off with NJCAA Division II foe North Dakota State College of Science at noon Friday.  They'll conclude the evening with a 6pm match against NJCAA Division I opponent Dawson Community College.  To view the schedule for the entire tournament, click here...

Warriors Eye Home Tournament Opener
Monday, August 22, 2011

The 2011 preseason came to a close with a scrimmage against Ridgewater Alumni on Saturday afternoon.  After a short preseason, the Lady Warriors now turn their attention to preparing for the Ridgewater Classic Tournament.  Coming of a 2010 National Championship and a #3 NJCAA Division III 2011 preseason ranking, expectations for the Warriors continues to be high.  To view the 2011 squad, click here...

Lady Warriors Notch #3 Ranking in Preseason Poll
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The NJCAA Division III Preseason Volleyball poll has placed the 2011 Ridgewater Volleyball team third.  The next poll will be released in early September. To view first poll for the 2011 season, click here...

Warrior Volleyball Introduces Nine Freshman for 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011

Head Volleyball Coach Joe Sussenguth has announced the addition of nine freshman to the 2011 Ridgewater Volleyball team.  The Lady Warriors will be seeking their 7th straight trip to the NJCAA National Tournament this season.  For more information on the Class of 2011, click here...

Ridgewater 2011 Schedule Released
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ridgewater College Volleyball has released their 2011 Competitive Schedule.  The Lady Warriors will open up the season by hosting their annual Ridgewater Classic on Friday, August 26th at 12pm, against NJCAA Division II powerhouse North Dakota State College of Science.  They will also host the Ridgewater Invitational September 9-10 and will travel to the Costal Classic Tournament in North Carolina in October. To view, download or print the schedule, click here...

Three Warriors Named NJCAA All-American
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Emily Roelike, Macy McKay and Molly Hurrle were named NJCAA Division III All-Americans for the 2010 season.  To view more information, click here...

Ridgewater Crowned 2010 National Champions!!!!
Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Ridgewater College Lady Warriors defeated Brookhaven College in a marathon National Championship match 3-2. The Warriors claimed the first set 25-23, but dropped the next two 21-25, 23-25.  They fought back in set four to win 25-21 to earn a deciding five set.  Trailing 2-8 at the changeover, they fought their way back to win in exciting fashion 16-14.  Ridgewater finishes the season with a 34-4 record, earning National, Regional, State and Conference Titles for the year.  Emily Roelike was named Tournament MVP, Hannah Smith, Molly Hurrle and Macy McKay were named to the All-Tournament team.




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