WAYNE, Neb. - Wayne State College's beach volleyball program heads to Florida for a chance at a national championship.
The two-year-old program was cut short in its first year due to COVID-19. Now back for another season, the team is taking advantage of every chance to play.
"With our girls not being able to compete this last fall in indoor volleyball," Head Volleyball Coach Scott Kneifl said. "This still gives us a way to get out there and compete, which is huge for them."
Practices have been pushed indoors due to Nebraska weather conditions. But the team has been able to travel a lot with the program.
"We just got back from our spring break trip where we went to Phoenix and played four matches," said Kneifl. "Our kids get to travel quite a bit and they get to go to warm places when it's not so nice here."
Although the team has traveled in the past to compete, this year is its first year heading to the AVCA Small College Beach Championship in Florida. It consists of 12 Division II teams from all over the nation.
"Even some of the teams that we've played mentioned how a little school in Nebraska can come to Florida and California and Arizona," said WSC Redshirt Freshman Maggie Brahmer. "...and come and play with them, and sometimes win. It's just crazy to watch my teammates improve over the years."
The team hopes as the program grows, so will their practice facility.
"Getting an indoor facility would be amazing for the program," said Jaci Brahmer, WSC Senior. "Just to be able to practice in the sand every single day."
The tournament is April 14-16 in Tavares, Florida.