WAYNE – For the third straight match, the 11th ranked Wayne State College volleyball team was put to the test with a five-set contest against a ranked opponent.
From Rice Auditorium, WSC welcomed in #7 Minnesota Duluth Friday evening.
After UMD won the opening set (25-18), WSC rattled off two straight wins (26-24, 25-21) before the Bulldogs forced the fifth set (25-14). In the final set, Minnesota Duluth won 15-11 to improve to 16-2 (9-1 NSIC) while Wayne State fell to 16-3 (7-3 NISC). The fifth set also saw 11 ties and seven lead changes.
Tarrin Beller and Katie Stephens recorded 12 kills each followed by Jaci Brahmer with seven kills. Beller also had seven blocks (three solo). Haley Kauth paced the team in digs with 17, Hope Carter tallied 14 digs as Rachel Walker finished with a double-double thanks to 36 set assists and 11 digs.
UMD held the ‘Cats to a 0.095 attack percentage while the Bulldogs hit .238 while holding an edge in team blocks (11-9) as both teams had three service aces.
#11 Wayne State College will next welcome in #8 St. Cloud State Saturday at 4 p.m.