Wildcats avenge loss with three-game sweep of St. Cloud

Wayne State avenged an earlier loss to St. Cloud State by sweeping the Huskies in Wayne Friday in Northern Sun Conference volleyball action at Rice Auditorium, as the 22nd ranked Wildcats won 25-17, 25-19, 25-21.

Wayne State trailed early in the first set 9-6, but the Wildcats took their first lead at 12-11 following a SCSU attack error. They took the lead for good at 14-14 in the set with five straight points that included a Haley Kauth service ace, while the Wayne State defense forced eight St. Cloud State attack errors.

The Wildcats led from start to finish in the second set for the 2-0 lead. Wayne State forced three straight SCSU errors taking a 9-4 lead early in the set to force a Husky timeout. After St. Cloud State got within two at 11-9, the Wildcats took control of the set with Katie Stephens serving five straight points, including an ace, to put the Wildcats ahead 20-11. Alyssa Ballenger led Wayne State in the second set with four kills while Haley Kauth and Hope Carter each recorded six digs.

The third set was close early until sophomore Haley Kauth served nine consecutive points to give Wayne State a 17-8 lead and help the Wildcats finish off the three-game sweep. Erin Gross had four kills with no errors on eight attacks while Stephens and Kauth each recorded one service ace.

Stephens led Wayne State in kills with nine followed by Ballenger with eight and Gross seven. Kauth accounted for 17 digs followed by freshman Hope Carter with 11. Megan Gebhardt handed out 31 set assists in the win. Stephens and Kauth each had two service aces.

The Wildcats (19-10, 12-7 NSIC) will be at home again Saturday, hosting No. 6 Minnesota Duluth in a 4 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium.

The Wayne Herald

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