Wildcats sweep Moorhead at home

Redshirt freshman Jaci Brahmer had a match-high 14 kills with five blocks while Katie Stephens added a double-double with 10 kills and 16 digs to lead No. 21 Wayne State in a 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 Northern Sun Conference sweep over MSU Moorhead Saturday afternoon at Rice Auditorium.

The first set saw Brahmer and Stephens carry the load for the Wildcats with seven kills apiece. The Wildcats hit .371 in the set with 18 kills.

The second set was much closer until the Wildcats pulled away lateafter holding an 18-16 lead on the Dragons. Wayne State forced 12 MSU Moorhead attack errors in the second set that included four blocks. Tarrin Beller led a balanced attack at the net for Wayne State with four kills.

After building an early 10-4 lead in the third set, The Wildcats had to rally after MSU Moorhead took a 16-14 lead before the Wildcats finished strong to complete the three-game sweep. Brahmer closed the match with five kills in the third set while Alyssa Ballenger and Stephens each added three kills in the closing set.

Brahmer led the Wildcats with 14 kills and a stellar .481 attack percentage with just one error on 27 attacks. Stephens followed with a double-double credited with 10 kills and 16 digs. Megan Gebhardt accounted for 40 set assists while sophomore libero Haley Kauth produced 12 digs with freshman Hope Carter adding 10. Brahmer had five blocks followed by Tarrin Beller with four.

The Wildcats (13-7, 7-4 NSIC) will be on the road Tuesday for a 7 p.m. (CDT) non-conference match at Chadron State. They play at Concordia-St. Paul on Friday and Minnesota State on Saturday.

The Wayne Herald

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