The Wayne State volleyball team swept Mount Marty 25-15, 25-13, 25-16 in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats improve to 15-2 overall while the game was an exhibition contest for the 7-13 Lancers.
Wayne State took control of the first set early, going up 15-9 and forcing a Mount Marty timeout. WSC used two service aces from freshman libero Alaina Wolff at the end of the set to take the stanza 25-15. Freshman Jaz DeHaan led the team during the set with five kills and a solo block.
The second set started even and with the score knotted at 6-6 the Wildcats went on a 5-1 run, forcing a timeout from the Lancers. With the score at 15-9 Wayne State got two service aces from sophomore defensive specialist Jessie Brandl to go up 17-9. The ‘Cats took the second set 25-13. Sophomore Kelsie Cada had three blocks during the set to lead WSC.
Wayne State jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in the third set, but Mount Marty knotted up the score at 7-7. The ‘Cats took the lead for good and forced a Lancer timeout with a 17-11 score. The ‘Cats finished out the set 25-16 with no attack errors. The .600 hitting Wildcats had three players with three kills each in Cada, Taya Beller and Maggie Brahmer.
Wayne State hit .325 as a team while holding Mount Marty to just a .044 attack percentage. The ‘Cats had 11 service aces in the match compared to six for the Lancers. WSC also held a 9-2 edge in blocks.
The ‘Cats were led in kills by DeHaan with 10 in the match followed by eight from Beller and seven from Cada. Leading the team in blocks was Cada and sophomore Rachel Walker with three each.
Walker had 28 set assists in the match while Wolff and Cada each had nine digs. Cada lead the Wildcats with four service aces while Wolff had three and Brandl two.
The Wildcats hit the road this weekend for NSIC games at #7 Concordia-St. Paul Friday at 6 p.m. and Minnesota State Saturday at 2 p.m.