Despite a match-high 18 kills and four blocks from senior middle hitter Tarrin Beller, the #12 Wayne State College volleyball team fell in five sets Thursday evening at Augustana in a Northern Sun Conference volleyball match. WSC won the opening set 25-13 followed by Augustana set wins of 25-21 and 25-19. WSC captured the fourth set 25-11 but the host Vikings scored the final five points of the fifth set to top the Wildcats 15-11. WSC is now 18-5 and 9-5 in the NSIC while Augustana is 15-8 and 8-6.
The Wildcats controlled the first set with a 25-13 win, forcing 11 Augustana attack errors and a -.070 attack percentage by the Vikings. Beller and Kelsie Cada paced WSC in the opening set with three kills each.
Augustana rebounded on their home floor to take the second and third sets over the Wildcats 25-21 and 25-19.
In the second set, Augustana produced 16 kills followed by a 17-kill effort in the third set to take the match lead.
Wayne State stormed back in the fourth set with 14 kills while forcing seven Viking attack errors as WSC cruised to a 25-11 fourth set win to force a fifth and deciding set. Six different Wildcats had at least two kills in the set win led by Jaci Brahmer with four to go with two blocks.
The fifth set was back and forth early featuring five lead changes and seven ties until the host Vikings closed out the set with the final five points. Trailing 10-9, WSC used consecutive kills from Beller to take an 11-10 lead. But an Augustana block followed by four straight kills to end the set gave Augustana the fifth set win.
Wayne State finished the match with a .201 attack percentage compared to .144 for Augustana. WSC had 56 kills and 19 errors on 184 attacks while AU recorded 60 kills and 31 errors on 201 attempts.
The ‘Cats held a 101-95 edge in digs over the Vikings while both teams had eight blocks. WSC had four service aces and seven errors compared to three aces and eight errors for the Vikings.
Beller ended the night with a match-high 18 kills and four blocks to lead the Wildcats. Brahmer also hit double digits in kills with 10.
Junior defensive specialist Maddie Duffy had a team-high 21 digs followed by senior libero Haley Kauth with 19 along with two service aces. Kelsie Cada notched 18 digs followed by Hope Carter with 15 and setter Rachel Walker with 11. Walker also handed out 48 set assists and had three blocks.
The Wildcats will be at home Saturday afternoon hosting Sioux Falls in a 1 p.m. match at Rice Auditorium.