Oct. 2, 2010

Courtesy Of Wayne St. Athletics

#2 Wayne State College knocked off #1 Minnesota Duluth 3-1 in Northern Sun Conference volleyball played before 1,202 fans at Rice Auditorium in Wayne Friday evening. Scores of the match were 25-17, 23-25, 25-22 and 25-21. The Wildcats are now 15-0 on the season and 6-0 in the NSIC with the win, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season (15) set last season while the #1 Bulldogs suffer their first loss of the season, falling to 14-1 and 6-1 in league play.

The Wildcats used the Rice Auditorium crowd to take the early momentum and grab a big lead early in the first set, taking a 7-2 advantage that forced Minnesota Duluth to take their first timeout. WSC continued their strong play, forcing UMD to take their second timeout after the ‘Cats took a 13-5 lead. The Wildcats maintained their strong play and finished the first set with 18 kills and just one attack error, hitting .472 to win the first set 25-17.

Both teams played well in the second set, but UMD scored five straight points after trailing 7-6 to take an 11-7 lead and never relinquished the lead as the Bulldogs won 25-23. WSC got within one point at 16-15, but the Bulldogs then rattled off five straight points to take a 21-15 lead. The Wildcats again made a rally and cut the UMD lead to 24-23, but Brenda Hansens kill gave Minnesota Duluth 17 kills and a .378 hitting percentage in the second set to win 25-23.
The third set saw neither team lead by more than three points. Wayne States biggest lead was three at 20-17, but UMD scored three straight points to even the set at 20-20. With the score tied at 22-22, the Wildcats used two attack errors by UMD and a service ace by Diedra Artz to close out the set with Wayne State winning 25-22.

Wayne State used a late rally after trailing 18-15 in the fourth set to pick up the thrilling 25-21 win and give the Wildcats the 3-1 match win. With UMD leading 18-15 in the fourth set, the Wildcats scored five straight points on two kills by Mindy Moody, a Tali Fredrickson kill, a UMD attack error and a Shelby Schultz kill to take a 20-18 lead forcing the Bulldogs to take their final timeout in the fourth set. With WSC leading 21-20, the Wildcats used a Moody kill, a UMD attack error and a Cori Hobbs kill to take a 24-20 lead. After UMDs Kate Lange notched a kill to make the score 24-21, UMDs Kate Lange served the ball into the net giving Wayne State the 25-21 win in the fourth set.

Both teams had 61 kills in the match. WSC hit .333 compared to .235 for Minnesota Duluth. Junior Tali Fredrickson pounded out a season-high 20 kills to lead Wayne State in hitting followed by Jennifer Hefner with 12 kills and seven blocks and Cori Hobbs 10. Junior libero Leigh Connot had 25 digs with McKenna Reagan adding 11. Senior setter Diedra Artz handed out 47 set assists for Wayne State.

Minnesota Duluths top hitter was Alyssa Nelson with 17 kills followed by April Hansens 15 and Katie Kuffel with 12. Brenda Hansen had 15 digs and setter Eleena Iisakka was credited with 52 set assists.
Wayne State will be at home again on Saturday against Bemidji State in a NSIC match starting at 4:00 p.m. at Rice Auditorium.