The number two Wayne State College Wildcats knocked off the number one Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs 3-1 in a Northern Sun Conference volleyball match at Rice Auditorium last night. Scores of the match were 25-17, 23-25, 25-22 and 25-21. The Wildcats are now 15-0 on the season and 6-0 in the NSIC with the win, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season at 15.
The Wildcats used the home crowd to take the early momentum and grab a big lead early in the first set, taking a 7-2 advantage that forced Minnesota Duluth to take their first timeout. Wayne State continued their strong play, forcing UMD to take their second timeout after the Wildcats took a 13-5 lead. The Wildcats maintained their strong play and finished the first set with 18 kills and just one attack error, hitting .472 to win the first set 25-17.
Both teams played well in the second set, but UMD scored five straight points after trailing 7-6 to take an 11-7 lead and never relinquished the lead as the Bulldogs won 25-23. WSC got within one point at 16-15, but the Bulldogs then rattled off five straight points to take a 21-15 lead. The Wildcats again made a rally and cut the UMD lead to 24-23, but Brenda Hansen’s kill gave Minnesota Duluth 17 kills and a .378 hitting percentage in the second set to win 25-23.
The third set saw neither team lead by more than three points. Wayne State’s biggest lead was three at 20-17, but UMD scored three straight points to even the set at 20-20. With the score tied at 22-22, the Wildcats used two attack errors by UMD and a service ace by Diedra Artz to close out the set with Wayne State winning 25-22.
Wayne State used a late rally after trailing 18-15 in the fourth set to pick up the thrilling 25-21 win and give the Wildcats the 3-1 match win. With UMD leading 18-15 in the fourth set, the Wildcats scored five straight points on two kills by Mindy Moody, a Tali Fredrickson kill, a UMD attack error and a Shelby Schultz kill to take a 20-18 lead forcing the Bulldogs to take their final timeout in the fourth set.
With WSC leading 21-20, the Wildcats used a Moody kill, a UMD attack error and a Cori Hobbs kill to take a 24-20 lead. After UMD’s Kate Lange notched a kill to make the score 24-21, UMD’s Kate Lange served the ball into the net giving Wayne State the 25-21 win in the fourth set.
Wayne State will be at home again this afternoon against Bemidji State in a NSIC match starting at 4:00 at Rice Auditorium.