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Wayne State Volleyball goes 2-0 on Day One of Volleyball Classic in Oklahoma | Rural Radio Network

Wayne State Volleyball goes 2-0 on Day One of Volleyball Classic in Oklahoma

Wayne State Volleyball goes 2-0 on Day One of Volleyball Classic in Oklahoma
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Katie Stephens and Jaci Brahmer combined for 23 kills to lead #20 Wayne State College past Southern Nazarene Friday afternoon at the South Central Volleyball Classic in Durant, Oklahoma and hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State. Scores of the match were 25-14, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-16. WSC is now 5-0 on the season while SNU falls to 2-3.

The Wildcats never trailed in the opening set, taking a commanding 12-4 lead early to force a Southern Nazarene timeout. WSC held SNU to just five kills in the set while forcing eight errors to take an easy 25-14 victory.

The second set was much closer as Southern Nazarene built an early 9-6 lead. Junior libero Haley Kauth then served six straight points for the Wildcats that included a service ace to put the ‘Cats in front for good at 13-9.

After SNU got as close as two at 18-16, WSC used a Tarrin Beller kill and an attack error to regain a four point advantage and WSC finished with a 25-19 win in the set that saw the Wildcats force 10 SNU attack errors.

WSC got down early in the third set, trailing 6-2, and could never recover as the Wildcats fell 25-20 to the Storm 25-20.

The fourth set featured eight ties and four lead changes, but after a close battle early the Wildcats pulled away midway through the set to post a 25-16 win and take the match 3-1.

Wayne State recorded a .274 attack percentage while limiting Southern Nazarene to .079. WSC had 46 kills to 39 for SNU and held a 7-3 edge in blocks over the Storm. Both teams served aggressively as SNU had eight aces and seven errors while WSC posted seven service aces and had nine errors.

Stephens led WSC in hitting with 12 kills followed by Brahmer at 11 and Beller nine. Junior libero Haley Kauth accounted for 14 digs while senior setter Megan Gebhardt had 32 set assists. Gebhardt, Kauth and Morgan Alexander each produced two service aces for the ‘Cats while Beller led WSC at the net with four blocks.

#20 Wayne State College hit a sizzling .370 with just four attack errors as the Wildcats cruised to a 25-16, 25-20 and 25-13 win over East Central (Okla.) Friday evening at the South Central Volleyball Classic in Durant, Oklahoma. WSC remains unbeaten on the season at 6-0 while East Central drops to 0-6.

WSC never trailed in the opening set, scoring the first four points on a pair of Tarrin Beller kills and a block from Beller and Maddie Knobbe. Sophomore Alyssa Ballenger had four kills to pace the Wildcats, who closed the set with 12 kills and just one attack error while forcing 10 attack errors on East Central to post a 25-16 set win.

The score of the second set was closer with WSC winning 25-20, but the ‘Cats continued their strong defensive play forcing nine attack errors while playing efficient on the offensive end posting 13 kills and just two attack errors. Ballenger and Tarrin Beller each connected on four kills to lead WSC at the net while sophomore Maddie Duffy served up two aces.

Wayne State closed out the sweep with a 25-13 win in the third set. The ‘Cats had six blocks (four by Jaci Brahmer) and had 13 more kills with just one attack error. Ballenger, Beller and Katie Stephens each accounted for three kills in the final set.

Wayne State ended the match with a .370 attack percentage, recording 38 kills and just four attack errors on 92 attacks while East Central hit just .019 as WSC forced 28 attack errors while allowing just 30 kills. The Wildcats ended with an 11-3 advantage in blocks and had five service aces with seven errors.

All 14 Wildcats played in the win, led by sophomore Alyssa Ballenger with 11 kills followed by Tarrin Beller with 10. Senior Megan Gebhardt handed out 29 set assists while Katie Stephens led the ‘Cats with 11 digs. Sophomore Jaci Brahmer led the ‘Cats with eight blocks while Stephens and Maddie Duffy each accounted for two service aces.

Wayne State will play two more matches at the South Central Classic in Oklahoma on Saturday, facing host Southeastern Oklahoma State at 10 a.m. and #19 Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m.

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