No. 22 Wayne State wrapped up a trip to Florida undefeated as the Wildcat volleyball team swept Southern New Hampshire with a 25-17, 25-11, 25-9 win against the Penmen Saturday afternoon at the 2019 Shark Invitational Volleyball Tournament held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Wildcats stay unbeaten on the season with the win at 8-0 while Southern New Hampshire falls to 3-3 on the year.
The Penmen took an early 2-0 lead in the first set, but the Wildcats got things going with a 3-0 run and never fell behind again in the set as they hit .303 in the set with 14 kills in a 25-17 set win.
WSC’s defense stifled the Penmen in the second set as they forced the Panthers to hit -.043 with seven errors on their way to a 25-11 set victory. The Wildcats recorded a match high 16 kills in the second set.
The third set was even more lopsided in favor of the Wildcats as they held Southern New Hampshire to a -.091 hit percentage while forcing eight errors.
Wayne State hit .350 in the match with 43 kills on 100 attacks and 8 errors while holding the Penmen to a .020 attack percentage with 21 kills and 19 errors on 100 attempts. The Wildcats had 11 more digs than Southern New Hampshire, 54-43, and held a 10-2 edge in blocks. WSC also had six service aces to just one for the Penmen.
Tarrin Beller and Kelsie Cada led the way for the ‘Cats with 13 kills apiece as both hit over .500 for the match. Katie Stephens added six kills for the Wildcats. Cada contributed 15 digs while Haley Kauth added 11. Redshirt freshman setter Rachel Walker was credited with 33 set assists while also recording 5 digs in the match for WSC.
Wayne State returns to action on Friday, September 20 where they will begin conference play against MSU Moorhead in Moorhead, Minn. At 6:00 PM.