Wayne State College matched a season-high with 11 service aces as the Wildcats defeated the University of Mary 25-12, 25-11, 25-12 in a Northern Sun Conference volleyball match played Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats are now 18-6 overall and 10-5 in NSIC play while the visiting Marauders fall to 3-20 and 0-15 in league contests.
Sophomore Maddie Duffy got WSC off to a hot start, serving up three aces in the first five points of the match for a 5-0 Wildcat advantage and forcing a Marauder timeout. Sophomore Alyssa Ballenger served five straight points including a service ace to put the ‘Cats in front 16-4 and WSC closed the first set with a .414 attack percentage on 14 kills to take down the Marauders 25-12 in the first set.
The Wildcats held Mary to a .000 attack percentage in the second set, producing a 25-11 win after trailing early in the set 5-3. Junior Morgan Alexander had the hot serving hand for the ‘Cats in the set, reeling off six straight points that included a pair of service aces. WSC had four blocks in the set while Ballenger had a team-high three kills.
WSC forced another nine attack errors on the Marauders in the third set, highlighted by five blocks, to complete the sweep with a 25-12 win. Jaci Brahmer and Katie Stephens each had four kills while Megan Gebhardt and Alexander each added a service ace for the ‘Cats as all 14 players saw action for Wayne State in the match.
Wayne State finished with a .297 attack percentage, recording 33 kills with just six errors and 91 attacks while Mary ended with 24 kills, 20 errors and 97 attacks for a .041 attack percentage.
Stephens led WSC with 12 kills followed by Brahmer with seven. Duffy and Alexander each produced four service aces while junior libero Haley Kauth had 16 digs. Setter Megan Gebhardt handed out 27 set assists while Ballenger and Tarrin Beller each accounted for three blocks.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday afternoon hosting Minot State at 1 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.