#5 Minnesota Duluth hit a scorching .387 with 48 kills and just 12 attack errors to take down Wayne State College 25-14, 25-13, 25-18 in Northern Sun Conference volleyball Saturday afternoon in Duluth, Minnesota. UMD is now 14-3 on the season and 8-1 in league play while WSC is 13-5 and 5-4 in NSIC contests.
The host Bulldogs came out swinging in the first set, recording 19 kills and just one attack error for a .667 attack percentage to top the Wildcats 25-14.
UMD forced WSC into 10 attack errors in the second set and took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-13 set win.
WSC came out strong in the third set and held the lead most of the way, but a late surge by the host Bulldogs allowed UMD to sweep the match with a 25-18 set win.
The Wildcats built a 16-12 lead against the Bulldogs, but UMD rallied with nine straight points to take a 21-16 lead and the Bulldogs finished with the 25-18 set victory to complete the sweep.
WSC was held to a .049 attack percentage with 26 kills, 21 errors and 102 attacks while UMD hit a sizzling .387 with 48 kills and just 12 errors on 93 attacks. The Wildcats held a 7-5 edge in blocks over the Bulldogs.
Alyssa Ballenger led WSC in kills with seven followed by Jaci Brahmer with five. Tarrin Beller had five blocks with senior setter Megan Gebhardt credited with 21 set assists. Sophomore Maddie Duffy recorded eight digs.
The Wildcats will be at home next weekend, hosting Bemidji State Friday at 6 p.m. and Minnesota Crookston Saturday in a 1 p.m. contest.