#6 Wayne State College used a stellar defense to take down Colorado Mesa Friday afternoon in the season opener for the Wildcats at the Hampton Inn/Denver West Golden Oredigger Volleyball Classic in Golden, Colorado. Scores of the match were 25-22, 25-22, 17-25 and 25-22. The Wildcats are 1-0 on the season while Colorado Mesa, an NCAA Tournament team last season, drops to 0-1.
The first set was dominated by the Wildcat defense as WSC forced Colorado Mesa into 11 attack errors and four service errors while recording six blocks. Despite the superb play at the net, WSC trailed 20-19 before getting a Natalie Vondrak kill to go with two Mesa errors for a 22-20 lead. A Vondrak kill and block closed out the set giving WSC the 25-22 win.
Colorado Mesa led from start to finish in the third set, posting 14 kills to stay in the match with a 25-17 set win.
WSC then regained the momentum early in the fourth set, building a 10-5 lead before holding off a late Mesa rally as the Wildcats closed the match with a 25-22 fourth set win.
Colorado Mesa held a .166 – .153 hitting advantage over Wayne State and had 20 more kills (62-42) than the Wildcats. But WSC dominated at the net with 14 blocks to just three for Mesa while the ‘Cats forced 33 attack errors to go with nine service errors. Both teams had four service aces.
Senior outside hitter Natalie Vondrak led WSC with 12 kills and 11 digs followed by Michaela Mestl with nine kills and 17 digs. Senior middle hitter Alex Opperman notched nine kills and a career-high eight blocks in the win.
Wayne State College posted a .405 attack percentage to cruise past Dallas Baptist 25-13, 25-14 and 25-19 Friday afternoon at the Hampton Inn/Denver West Golden Oredigger Volleyball Classic in Golden, Colorado. The 6th-ranked Wildcats improve to 2-0 on the season while the Patriots fall to 0-1.
The first set saw the Wildcats force eight attack errors on Dallas Baptist while sophomore Payton Ruhl served up three aces to power WSC in a 25-13 set win.
Senior Alyssa Frauendorfer had five of Wayne State’s 17 kills in the third set as the Wildcats pulled away late from a 15-15 tie to take the third set 25-19 and sweep the match.
Wayne State hit .405 in the match with 41 kills and just seven errors on 84 attempts while Dallas Baptist hit just .093 with 27 kills, 20 errors on 97 attacks. The Wildcats had eight service aces in the win and held a 7-1 edge in blocks over the Patriots.
Senior Michaela Mestl had 12 kills and 12 digs for the Wildcats followed by Frauendorfer with 11 kills. Sophomore setter Megan Gebhardt handed out 35 assists and added seven digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Payton Ruhl had three of Wayne State’s eight service aces while Gebhardt and Natalie Vondrak added two apiece.
Wayne State will play two more matches on Saturday at the Denver West Golden Oredigger Classic, facing Indianapolis at 1 p.m. and Western State of Colorado in a 7:30 p.m. contest.