Senior Michaela Mestl recorded her eighth double-double of the year and moved into third place on the all-time service aces list at Wayne State with five more Tuesday evening to lead #8 Wayne State College to a 28-26, 25-11, 25-18 non-conference volleyball win over Chadron State in the 11th annual Black Out/Pack the House Night at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC improves to 13-3 on the year while CSC drops to 3-12.
The first set was a battle between the two clubs that featured 18 ties and eight lead changes. Chadron State hit a sizzling .432 in the set with 20 kills to stay with the Wildcats who recorded 18 kills and a .444 attack percentage.
Chadron State’s final lead in the set was 23-22. The ‘Cats used kills from Alyssa Frauendorfer and Mestl to take a 24-23 lead. The two teams traded points and the score was tied at 26 until WSC used a Mestl kill and Chadron State attack error to finally prevail 28-26 in the first set.
WSC built an early 6-1 lead in the second set thanks to back-to-back service aces from Mestl and the Wildcats cruised to a 25-11 second set win hitting .480 in the set with 15 kills and just three errors on 25 attacks.
The third set was closer but WSC never trailed as the Wildcats completed the sweep with a 25-18 win over the Eagles.
Wayne State hit .361 in the match with 45 kills, 10 errors and 97 attacks while Chadron State posted a .226 attack percentage with 40 kills, 16 errors and 106 attempts.
WSC held a 47-40 edge in digs over CSC and had nine service aces while out-blocking the Eagles 6-4.
Frauendorfer produced a team-high 11 kills to lead WSC while Mestl notched her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 14 digs. The Kearney Catholic graduate also had five service aces and moved into third place on the all-time aces list at WSC with 150, moving past Michelle Eckhardt’s 146 aces from 2003-06.
Mariah Halvorsen and Erin Gross each added nine kills to the Wildcat attack at the net. Sophomore setter Megan Gebhardt was credited with 39 set assists while freshman libero Haley Kauth added 13 digs.
The Wildcats will be at home this weekend, hosting Minnesota State Friday night at 7 p.m. and #2 Concordia-St. Paul Saturday in a 4 p.m. contest in Rice Auditorium.