#12 Wayne State College recorded a season-best 13 blocks and senior middle hitter Tarrin Beller recorded a match-high 11 kills with five blocks to power the Wildcats in a 25-21, 25-18, 25-13 Northern Sun Conference volleyball sweep over the University of Sioux Falls Saturday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats are now 19-5 on the season and 10-5 in the NSIC while the Cougars fall to 14-9 and 6-9 in league play.
The first set was close until a late surge by the Wildcats gave WSC a 25-21 set win. The two teams exchanged 11 ties and three lead changes until WSC scored five straight points after trailing 17-16 to take control of the set.
Beller had six kills and three blocks in the opening set for the Wildcats followed by freshman Kelsie Cada with four.
The second set was also close at the midway point, but WSC used another scoring run of seven straight points to erase a 15-13 deficit to take control of the set for a 25-18 win.
Beller served consecutive aces to highlight a six-point serving run to fuel the rally. WSC forced eight USF attack errors in the set, led by four blocks. Jaci Brahmer had four blocks with Beller recording three kills and two aces in the set.
WSC never trailed in the third set for a 25-13 win. The ‘Cats had six blocks and forced nine USF errors while holding the Cougars to a -.056 attack percentage in the set.
Wayne State finished the match with a .225 attack percentage, recording 33 kills and 10 errors on 102 attempts while Sioux Falls hit .101 with 34 kills, 22 errors and 119 attacks.
The Wildcats held a 13-7 edge in blocks over the Cougars and had seven service aces to just one for USF.
Beller led Wayne State with 11 kills, five blocks and three service aces followed by Kelsie Cada with eight kills and 11 digs. Brahmer ended a match-high eight blocks with six kills while Maddie Knobbe also had eight blocks.
Junior defensive specialist Hope Carter added 11 digs and two service aces while redshirt freshman setter Rachel Walker was credited with 28 set assists.
The Wildcats play three NSIC road matches this week, starting Tuesday evening at #15 Southwest Minnesota State in a 6 p.m. contest. Later in the week, WSC travels to Minot State Friday at 6 p.m. and the University of Mary Saturday for an 11 a.m. match.