#6 Wayne State used 18 kills and 21 digs from Katie Hughes along with a career-high 21 kills from Elizabeth Gebhardt to defeat #16 Central Missouri 17-25, 26-24, 25-14 and 25-22 Thursday evening in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional in Duluth, Minnesota.
The Wildcats improve to 27-6 on the season and advances to the semi-finals of the Central Regional Friday evening in Duluth with a 7:30 matchup against top-seeded Minnesota Duluth, a 3-0 winner over Arkansas Tech Thursday evening.
In the first set Central Missouri used a 9-1 run to close out the set and win 25-17.
In the second, Central Missouri fought off three consecutive Wildcat set points to tie the set at 24-24 before Wayne State finished off the set behind two straight kills by Norfolk’s Elizabeth Gebhardt to win set two 26-24.
In the third set the Wildcats finished on 13-7 run to win the third set 25-14, and to take the two sets to one advantage in the match.
In the final set the Wildcats jumped out to a 21-10 lead. However Central Missouri got to 23-20, before the Wildcats went on to win the set 25-23.
In other regional action, The third-seeded Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs beat sixth-seeded Nebraska Kearney in five sets (25-24, 25-17, 24-26, 21-25, 15-9) earlier at the NCAA Central Regional in Duluth, Minn.
The Lopers end the season at 27-4.