Wayne State rallied from a 10-5 deficit in the fifth set to outlast Minnesota State 15-13 in the final set in Northern Sun Conference volleyball played Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. Scores of the match were 25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 23-25 and 15-13. The 8th-ranked Wildcats are now 14-3 overall and 5-3 in the NSIC while Minnesota State slips to 9-7 and 3-5 in league play.
The first two sets were back and forth battles. The first set featured 13 ties and three lead changes. With the score tied at 23, Wayne State’s Michaela Mestl recorded back-to-back kills giving the ‘Cats a 25-23 set win.
The second set witnessed 14 ties and five lead changes and with a tie score at 23 again WSC used a MSU service error and a block by Alyssa Frauendorfer and Mariah Halvorsen to pick up another 25-23 set win.
Minnesota State began their comeback in the third set recording 18 kills while holding WSC to just eight in a 25-19 set win.
The fourth set saw 10 ties and three lead changes before Minnesota State held on for a 25-23 set win to force a fifth and deciding set.
The Mavericks held the upper hand early in the fifth set building a 10-5 lead before WSC scored six straight points to take an 11-10 advantage.
The Wildcats took leads of 13-11 and 14-12 until MSU used a kill to pull within one at 14-13. Wayne State scored match point on a service error to win in dramatic fashion 15-13 in the final set.
MSU held a slight .179-.178 hitting advantage in the match over WSC and had 10 more kills than the Wildcats.
Both teams had 13 service errors in the contest while MSU held a 14-12 advantage in blocks on WSC.
Frauendorfer led Wayne State with 15 kills and added five blocks in the win. Michaela Mestl notched her ninth double-double of the year with 13 kills and 24 digs followed by junior Erin Gross with a career-high 13 kills.
Freshman libero Haley Kauth was credited with 29 digs while sophomore setter Megan Gebhardt handed out 43 set assists to go with 11 digs in the win.
Wayne State will be at home again Saturday afternoon hosting #2 Concordia-St. Paul in a NSIC contest starting at 4 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.