Tarrin Beller, Kelsie Cada and Alyssa Ballenger each recorded double-digit kills as #13 Wayne State finished off the North Dakota slate of their four-match road trip with a 25-20, 25-18, 25-10 win over the University of Mary a day after sweeping Minot State. The Wildcats took the Northern Sun Conference matchup and improved to 22-5 and 13-5 in NSIC play while Mary drops to 1-26 and 0-19 in NSIC play for the year.
The ‘Cats were led by Beller in the first set as the senior recorded five kills and a block on the way to a WSC 25-20 win. The first set was the closest outcome of the match and the two squads had a tied score on four separate occasions.
The second set saw six tied scores, but the Marauders were not able to break through as WSC took the set 25-18. Beller recorded five blocks in the second set while she and Ballenger contributed four kills each.
Beller continued a dominant performance in the ‘Cats’ third set 25-10 victory as she recorded six kills and a pair of blocks. Cada put up six kills in the set after recording four kills during the first two sets.
As a unit, the Wildcats had an efficient .419 attack percentage while recording 46 kills, 7 errors, and 93 attacks on the match. Mary hit .170 for the match with 15 errors on 106 attacks.
The Wildcats led in digs 49-39 and had seven service aces with four service errors on the match. WSC also led the Marauders in blocks 10-3.
Beller led WSC in kills with 15, while Cada and Ballenger each recorded 10. Beller hit .522 for the match, while Jaci Brahmer, Maddie Knobbe, and Ballenger each hit .500. Beller’s eight blocks were a team high, while Haley Kauth paced the team in digs with 17. Rachel Walker led the way in assists, racking up 38 on the day.
The Wildcats continue their four-match road trip Tuesday with a non-conference match at #6 Concordia-St. Paul starting at 6 p.m.