Wildcats get three-game sweep over Bemidji State

No. 22-ranked Wayne State College used 11 kills from redshirt freshman Jaci Brahmer and 10 kills and 15 digs from sophomore Katie Stephens to sweep Bemidji State 25-18, 25-15, 25-9 in Northern Sun Conference volleyball action Friday in Bemidji, Minn.

The Wildcats never trailed in the first set as they recorded 16 kills in the easy first-set win.  Erin Gross and Brahmer each had four kills for the Wildcats while Stephens had three kills, 10 digs and two service aces.

The second set was close early with seven ties and four lead changes, but the Wildcats pulled away to take the 2-0 advantage. Brahmer and Stephens each had four kills for the Wildcats while Wayne State forced eight Bemidji attack errors and held the Beavers to a minus-.034 attack percentage in the set.

Wayne State forced 11 Bemidji State attack errors in the third set as the Wildcats rolled to the three-game sweep. Stephens and Brahmer had three kills apiece for Wayne State.

Brahmer led the Wildcats in hitting with 11 kills and a .526 attack percentage. Stephens followed closely with 10 kills and 15 digs for her fifth straight double-double and eighth overall this season.

Megan Gebhardt recorded 29 set assists and seven digs while libero Haley Kauth had 10 digs.  Bree Ackermann had three of Wayne State’s six aces while Stephens had two. Brahmer and Alyssa Ballenger were each credited with three blocks.

Wayne State (17-10, 10-7 NSIC) closes out their NSIC road trip Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. match at Minnesota Crookston.

The Wayne Herald

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