SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Wayne State College volleyball team started their weekend slate of two matches a day earlier on the road in South Dakota.
From the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, #12 WSC visited Augustana University Thursday night.
The ‘Cats took the opening set but Augie won three of the next four to hand WSC their second straight loss (25-13, 21-25, 19-25, 25-11, 11-15). Wayne State is now 18-5 (9-5 NSIC) as the Vikings improve to 15-8 (8-6 NSIC). There were 15 lead changes and 25 ties from the five sets with a back-and-forth second set favoring Augie (10 ties/5 lead changes) as the fifth set saw seven ties and five more lead changes.
Tarrin Beller posted a strong performance with 18 kills, five digs and four blocks, followed by Jaci Brahmer with 11 kills as Rachel Walker tallied a double-double with 48 set assists and 11 digs. Kelsie Cada recorded eight kills and 18 digs; Maddie Duffy paced the team in digs with 23 while other dig leaders were Haley Kauth with 19 and Hope Carter adding 15.
Again, WSC outhit their opponent, .201 to .144 but still lost. Both teams had eight blocks while Wayne State had one more service ace than Augie (4-3).
Wayne State will have Friday off before hosting the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday, November 2 at 1 p.m.