The 13th-ranked Wayne State College volleyball team recorded a sixth consecutive sweep Friday evening with a 25-13, 25-12, 25-22 NSIC volleyball win over MSU Moorhead before an Autograph Night crowd of 688 fans in Rice Auditorium. The Wildcats are now 24-5 and 14-5 in the NSIC while the Dragons drop to 9-18 and 4-15 in league games.
The first set was close early until a pair of service aces from Maddie Duffy helped the Wildcats get on a roll and win easily 25-13. With the score 12-9, WSC used a Dragon service error followed by back-to-back aces from Duffy to fuel a scoring surge that gave WSC an 18-10 lead.
Tarrin Beller and Jaci Brahmer each had four kills in the opening set for WSC with Brahmer recording three blocks.
WSC controlled the second set and was never challenged in a 25-12 win. The Wildcats held MSUM to a .000 attack percentage while WSC produced 17 kills with just three errors for a .438 attack percentage. Junior Maddie Knobbe and senior Katie Stephens each had four kills to lead the “Cats in hitting.
MSU Moorhead battled with WSC in the third set that saw eight ties and three lead changes. The Wildcats had to score the final four points of the set after trailing 22-21 to pick up a hard fought 25-22 third set win for the sweep.
Stephens, Beller and Kelsie Cada each had four kills while Brahmer recorded two solo blocks.
Wayne State finished the match with a .379 attack percentage posting 43 kills and just seven errors on 95 attacks. MSU Moorhead hit .088 with 27 kills, 18 errors and 102 attacks.
WSC held a 48-40 edge in digs and 9-2 in blocks while the Wildcats served up five aces with eight errors compared to three aces and six serving errors for the Dragons.
Beller led WSC with 11 kills and two service aces. Stephens added eight kills with Cada recording seven. Brahmer accounted for seven blocks while Haley Kauth and Hope Carter each had 10 digs. Redshirt freshman setter Rachel Walker had 34 set assists.
The Wildcats close out the regular season Saturday afternoon hosting #7 Northern State in a 4 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium.