Wayne State College Volleyball Continues Dominance

Zach Nunnenkamp, Sports Writer

Over the weekend of Sept. 24, Wayne State College Volleyball swept two nationally ranked teams on the road. They played Friday night against the No. 4 ranked St. Cloud State Huskies in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. The next night they faced the ninth ranked team Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, Minnesota. WSC beat both teams 3-0. 

Wayne State College won the opening set 25-20 over the Huskies. St. Cloud State would record one more kill than the Wildcats in the opening set, the Huskies would also have twice as many errors as the Wildcats in the first set. 

The Wildcats took control in the second set winning 25-13. WSC had a match high 0.375% hit compared to 0.029% from St. Cloud State. 

Wayne State won the match after a close third set 27-25 and ending the game with another sweep. Kelsie Cada and Taya Beller led the Wildcats to victory with 30 combined kills. Wayne State would record more kills, aces, blocks, and assists than Saint Cloud State.  

Wayne State carried their success into the next night against the No.9 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The Wildcats would go on a 6-1 scoring surge to start the match, then close out the first set 25-20. The second and third sets would not be as close. Wayne State won the second set 25-16 and the third set 25-15. The bulldogs had 28 errors in the match compared to the 11 errors from the Wildcats. Wayne State’s defense Recorded 12 blocks and held the Bulldogs to a 0.063% hit. 

Wayne State improves to 16-0 on the year and 6-0 in conference play, received the rank of No.1 in division II volleyball for the second week in a row, and handed the first loss of the season to both St. Cloud State and UMD. The Wildcat’s next game is against the Bemidji State Beavers on September 30 at Wayne State.