Volleyball wins first round of conference tourney

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Trenton Hall, Staff Writer

It is time for postseason play for volleyball, and the Wayne State College women got off on the right foot last night.

The Wildcats completed a 3-1 victory over the Northern State Wolves.

Scores of the match were 25-10, 25-19, 19-25 and 25-17.

In the first set, the Wildcats kept the Wolves in check, cruising to a 10-3 lead and eventually winning the set 25-10.

The Wildcats took a 4-3 lead in the second set and never looked back as they took a commanding 2-0 set lead with a 25-19 win.

Wayne State stumbled in the third set, allowing Northern State to keep hope as the Wolves won the third set 25-19.

Any hopes Northern State had were dashed in set four as the Wildcats won 25-17 and advance to the second round of the NSIC Tournament.

Katie Hughes and Michaela Mestl each recorded double-doubles, Hughes with 19 kills and 18 digs while Mestl racked up 22 digs and 13 kills.

Alyssa Frauendorfer recorded 17 kills and 4 digs while Elizabeth Gebhardt accounted for 13 kills and 5 digs.

As a team, the Wildcats hit for .357 while holding the Wolves to just .220.

Wayne State had 78 kills to just 63 kills for Northern State. WSC also held the advantage in digs and blocks.

The Wildcats finished the regular season over the weekend on their home court at Rice Auditorium. Last Friday, Wayne State played Minnesota Crookston and got the win in a 3-0 set match. The scores of the contest were 25-17, 25-20, and 25-14.

The Wildcats hit a .398 in the game and Katie Hughes had her 17th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 14 digs with Michaela Mestl adding 12 digs and 5 kills. Leisa McClintock had 38 assists with 7 kills as Alyssa Frauendofer had 14 kills in the game.

The Wildcats continued their hot streak and got another 3-0 set sweep win at home against Bemidji State, the scores of the match were 26-16, 25-16, and 25-16.

Frauendofer led the Wildcats with 15 kills and Mestl led the team in digs with 14 adding 9 kills.

McClintock had 43 assists and 6 kills with Alex Opperman adding 3 blocks for the Wildcats including 4 kills.

The Wildcats finish the regular season with a 24-5 overall record and 16-4 in the Northern Sun Conference.

The Wildcats will continue to the second round of the NSIC Tournament with a matchup with Concordia-St. Paul this Friday.