WAYNE, Neb. – Junior outside hitter Cori Hobbs pounded out 18 kills with 20 digs to lead No. 19 Wayne State in a four-set win against No. 1 and previously unbeaten Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday. The Wildcats improve to 14-5 on the season while the Lopers suffered their first loss in 19 games as the lone remaining unbeaten team.
The Lopers got off to a quick start and controlled the opening set with a 25-16 win as UNK had 18 kills and only three attack errors while hitting .294. WSC gained momentum in the second set and pounded out 18 kills while getting 14 of 15 sideouts in the set to even the match with a 25-15 win.
WSC continued the momentum in front of the crowd as the ‘Cats jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, forcing UNK to call timeout. After the ‘Cats took a 12-6 lead, UNK came back and forced WSC to take a timeout after the Lopers pulled within three at 16-13.
WSC scored the next five points out of the timeout to regain control of the set, going up 21-13. The ‘Cats went on to a 25-15 win in the third set.
The Wildcats maintained the momentum in the fourth set and built at 15-5 lead, forcing the Lopers into nine attack errors as WSC went on to the 25-18 win.
Wayne State hit .244 in the match compared to .122 for the Lopers. The ‘Cats had 54 kills compared to 46 for UNK and forced the Lopers into 25 attack errors in the contest. WSC outblocked UNK 8-2 and had five service aces in the match to just three by the Lopers.
Hobbs paced Wayne State with her eighth double-double of the season, 18 kills and 20 digs. Placke had a solid night attacking for WSC with 12 kills and a .455 hitting percentage. Redshirt freshman setter Leisa McClintock handed out 46 set assists while freshmen Courtney VanGroningen and Katie Hughes accounted for 17 digs apiece with junior Tatum Wroblewski adding 14 digs.
For Nebraska-Kearney, Ariel Krolikowski had 12 kills and 17 digs followed by Ellie Pesavento and Katie Sokolowski with 10 kills apiece.