Five players had seven or more kills and #18 Wayne State College trailed just once in the entire match as the Wildcats cruised to a straight set sweep at Augustana University in Northern Sun Conference volleyball Tuesday evening at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Scores of the match were 25-16, 25-16, 25-17. WSC is now 9-2 and 2-1 in the NSIC while Augustana drops to 5-6 and 0-3 in league play.
WSC set the tone early in the first set, taking a 5-0 lead following a Maddie Duffy service ace. After Augustana got within two at 9-7, WSC used a pair of Jaci Brahmer kills and a service ace from Alyssa Ballenger to take a 12-8 lead forcing a Viking timeout.
Later in the set, senior setter Megan Gebhardt served five straight points, including a service ace, that gave WSC a 18-10 lead. The Wildcats finished the set with 14 kills while holding the Vikings to a .025 attack percentage forcing seven attack errors as WSC closed the first set with a 25-16 win.
The second set the Wildcats take a 10-6 lead forcing an Augustana timeout. WSC took control of the set with back-to-back service aces from Gebhardt and another from Duffy, putting the ‘Cats in front 18-10. Sophomore Jaci Brahmer paced WSC in the set with five kills on 10 attacks and the Wildcats posted another 25-16 set win.
WSC took a 5-1 lead in the third set and never trailed in the set. Consecutive kills from Brahmer put the ‘Cats ahead 15-10, but an Augustana rally got the Vikings within two at 16-14 to force a WSC timeout.
The Wildcats regained the momentum following the timeout, scoring five of the next six points on three kills from Katie Stephens and a service ace from Haley Kauth to grab a 21-15 lead forcing a Viking timeout. Another ace from Kauth and a Stephens kill on match point gave Wayne State the sweep with a 25-17 set win.
Wayne State hit .270 for the match while holding the Vikings to a .107 attack percentage. WSC had 47 kills on 126 attacks with 13 errors while Augustana produced 28 kills with 15 errors on 122 attacks. The Wildcats held a 68-61 edge in digs and had eight service aces to just one for the Vikings. Both teams had three blocks.
Brahmer paced a balanced WSC attack at the net with 14 kills and a .500 attack percentage. Stephens finished with 10 kills followed by sophomore Maddie Knobbe with eight kills. Alyssa Ballenger and Tarrin Beller each had seven kills.
Senior setter Megan Gebhardt handed out 37 set assists and had three service aces. Junior libero Haley Kauth recorded 20 digs with two service aces while sophomore defensive specialist Maddie Duffy produced 11 digs and two service aces.
Wayne State is at home this weekend, hosting #3 Concordia-St. Paul Friday evening at 6 p.m. and Minnesota State Saturday in a 1 p.m. contest.