MARSHALL, MN – About three weeks ago, Wayne State hosted a top 25 showdown against Southwest Minnesota State and the two teams met again Tuesday evening.
From the Physical Education Gym (PE) in Marshall, Minnesota, #18 SMSU entertained #13 WSC leading up to a weekend road trip to North Dakota. Earlier this season, Wayne State won in five sets over the Mustangs.
The Wildcats didn’t need five sets this time around and instead swept SMSU on their home court (25-18, 25-21, 25-20). Wayne State is now 20-5 overall (11-5 NSIC) while the Mustangs fell to 14-10 (8-8 NSIC).
The win marks the 14th time that WSC has recorded 20 wins or more under 15th year head coach Scott Kneifl. Coach Kneifl now has a record of 364-129 overall and 207-79 in league games.
Kelsie Cada posted a team-high 11 kills to go along with eight digs, four blocks and three service aces for the ‘Cats. Katie Stephens followed with seven kills and two blocks (one solo) as Tarrin Beller (one service ace) and Jaci Brahmer each added six kills and five blocks. Dig leaders favored Haley Kauth with 15 and Hope Carter tacking on 10 while Rachel Walker finished with 29 set assists and eight digs.
Wayne State held Southwest to a .075 attack percentage while using their own .165 in the three sets. WSC recorded more aces (6-2) and team blocks (12-8) than SMSU.
The Wayne State College volleyball team will next visit Minot State on Friday, November 8 at 6 p.m. before playing at University of Mary on Saturday, November 9 at 11 a.m. WSC will also play a non-league contest at #6 Concordia-St. Paul next Tuesday, November 12 at 6 p.m. before closing out conference play at home against MSU Moorhead and #7 Northern State on Friday and Saturday, November 15 – 16.