Wildcats bounce back for four-set win over Mavericks

No. 20 Wayne State rallied from a one-set deficit to defeat Minnesota State 15-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-23 Saturday in Northern Sun Conference volleyball at Mankato, Minn.

The Mavericks took control of the match early, using a .483 hitting percentage to cruise to take the early advantage, but Wayne State responded with some hot hitting of their own, recording 12 kills and hitting .417 to square the match. Erin Gross paced the Wildcats with four kills in the set.

After trading points for the first half of the third set, Wayne State took the lead for good at 14-13 thanks to a Mustang attack error. The Wildcats rattled off three consecutive kills to take a 17-13 and force Minnesota State to use a timeout before going on to take the third set.

The fourth set was a nail-biter with 12 ties and seven lead changes. Both teams hit over .300 in the set, but Wayne State had 19 kills to close out the match, led by Katie Stephens’ six kills in the deciding set.

Stephens had her fourth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 12 digs, while Gross and Jaci Brahmer each added 11 for the Wildcats. Haley Kaugh had 15 digs and Megan Gebhardt had 10 digs to go with 46 assists.

The Wildcats (15-8, 8-5 NSIC) return home to Rice Auditorium next weekend for NSIC matches against Upper Iowa Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 15 Winona State Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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