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#2 Wildcats hold block party in NSIC opening sweep at Sioux Falls | KTIC Radio

#2 Wildcats hold block party in NSIC opening sweep at Sioux Falls

#2 Wildcats hold block party in NSIC opening sweep at Sioux Falls
Scores from Tuesday.(iStock/Thinkstock)

#2 Wayne State College recorded 15 blocks and posted a .343 attack percentage to sweep the University of Sioux Falls Thursday evening 25-13, 25-20 and 25-17 in the NSIC opener for both teams played at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The Wildcats improve to 9-0 on the year and 1-0 in the NSIC while the Cougars are now 6-3 and 0-1 in league play.
The ‘Cats set the tone for the night in the opening set, recording nine blocks in an easy 25-13 win.  WSC also played efficient at the net with 13 kills and no attack errors on 28 attempts, led by Natalie Vondrak with five kills in the opening set followed by Alyssa Frauendorfer with four.
The second set saw WSC take an early 10-3 lead and the ‘Cats never looked back in posting a 25-20 set win.  WSC forced eight Sioux Falls attack errors while Vondrak continued her stellar play attacking with six more kills to lead the Wildcats in the set.
WSC trailed early in the third set at 5-1 and 8-7, but senior Alyssa Frauendorfer served four straight points that included a service ace giving the ‘Cats the lead for good at 12-8 and WSC pulled away for the 25-17 set win to complete the sweep.
Wayne State finished the match with a .343 attack percentage, recording 40 kills on 99 attempts with just six attack errors while Sioux Falls registered a .125 hitting percentage on 37 kills, 23 errors and 112 attempts.
The Wildcats held a commanding 15-3 advantage in blocks over the Cougars while USF held a slight 48-45 edge in digs over WSC.
Frauendorfer led WSC in hitting with 13 kills and a .600 attack percentage for the match with just one error in 20 attacks.  Vondrak accounted for 12 kills with just one error while hitting .355.
Senior Alex Opperman led the outstanding blocking effort for the Wildcats at the net with a career-high nine blocks followed by junior Erin Gross with five, matching a season-high.
Freshman libero Haley Kauth recorded 17 digs with senior outside hitter Michaela Mestl adding 13 while sophomore setter Megan Gebhardt was credited with 30 set assists.
Wayne State will host #4 Southwest Minnesota State Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the home opener for the Wildcats at Rice Auditorium.

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