Sophomore middle blocker Jaci Brahmer had a team-high 12 kills with no errors and a .706 attack percentage to go with six blocks in leading Wayne State College past St. Cloud State 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 Friday evening in Northern Sun Conference volleyball played in St. Cloud, Minnesota. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 13-4 and 5-3 in NSIC games while the host Huskies fall to 9-5 and 5-3 in league play.
The first set was a close battle early with 10 ties and five lead changes until a late Wildcat surge gave WSC a 25-20 set win.
SCSU held a 15-13 lead, but WSC reeled off six straight points capped by a Morgan Alexander service ace that put the ‘Cats in front for good at 19-15. The Wildcats forced 10 Husky attack errors in the set and finished with 10 kills and no attack errors to close out SCSU 25-20.
Wayne State cruised in the second set, building early leads of 6-1 and 10-2 as the Wildcats finished with a 25-19 set win. Brahmer had four kills and two blocks while Tarrin Beller and Alyssa Ballenger both recorded service aces in the set as WSC held the Huskies to an .085 attack percentage forcing eight more errors.
St. Cloud State led the first part of the third set, but WSC came on strong and completed the sweep for a 25-19 set win.
SCSU held an 11-8 lead and was still in front 13-11 when WSC caught fire. Kills by Maddie Knobbe and Brahmer tied the score at 13 and another ace from Alexander gave the ‘Cats the lead for good at 14-13. Consecutive Wildcat blocks put WSC in front 16-13 to force a Husky timeout and WSC extended the lead to finish with another 25-19 set win.
Wayne State finished the match with a .241 attack percentage on 34 kills with just eight attack errors and 108 attempts. SCSU was held to a .117 attack percentage with 39 kills, 24 errors and 128 attacks.
WSC held an 11-5 advantage in blocks while both teams had six service aces.
Brahmer paced WSC with her 12 kills on 17 attacks and no errors for a .706 attack percentage. She also led WSC in blocks with six. Alyssa Ballenger followed with six kills while Beller, Knobbe and Katie Stephens each had five.
Kauth led the ‘Cats with 17 digs followed by Maddie Duffy with 12 and Alexander 10. Alexander and Ballenger each recorded two service aces while senior setter Megan Gebhardt handed out 27 set assists.
Wayne State will play again Saturday afternoon with a 4 p.m. contest at #5 Minnesota Duluth.