Redshirt freshman Jaci Brahmer matched a season-high with 16 kills while hitting .517 for the match to power #22 Wayne State College in a 25-16, 25-19, 25-16 Northern Sun Conference volleyball win over Minnesota Crookston Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats improve to 9-6 and 3-3 in the NSIC while the visiting Golden Eagles drop to 4-10 and 1-5 in league play.
Wayne State never trailed in the first set, jumping to an early 8-1 lead to force a UMC timeout. Brahmer and Erin Gross each recorded six kills in the first set for the Wildcats in a 25-16 first set win.
The second set was much tighter, featuring 13 ties and six lead changes. But WSC closed the set strong scoring seven of the final eight points for a 25-19 set win. Brahmer and Gross paved the way again for the Wildcats in the set with five kills apiece.
The Wildcats pulled away in the third set as WSC went from a 12-11 lead to finishing with a 25-16 set win to complete the sweep. WSC forced UMC into nine attack errors in the set and saw all six starters record kills in the third set win, led by Brahmer with five more kills on 10 attempts.
Wayne State finished the match hitting .243 with 47 kills on 140 attempts with 13 errors. UMC hit .105 with 34 kills and 20 errors on 133 attacks. Minnesota Crookston held a 74-71 edge in digs over the Wildcats, but WSC held the upper hand in blocks on the Golden Eagles 7-5.
Brahmer led WSC with 16 kills and a .517 attack percentage followed by Gross with 12 kills and a .344 attack percentage. Brahmer had four blocks followed by Gross, Tarrin Beller and Katie Stephens with three each.
Junior setter Megan Gebhardt handed out 40 set assists while sophomore libero Haley Kauth and freshman Alyssa Ballenger each produced 19 digs followed by Stephens with 13.
The Wildcats will be in action again Saturday afternoon hosting Bemidji State in a 1 p.m. NSIC contest in Rice Auditorium.