Volleyball Gets Huge Bounce Back Win on Blackout Night

Tucker Ashburn, Sports Writer

After a loss to Southwest Minnesota State on Oct. 22, the Wayne State Wildcats came back strong to sweep the Augustana Vikings 3-0 on blackout night in front of a packed crowd in Rice Auditorium. 

The Wildcats won all sets by 5 or more points, winning the first set 25-20, winning the second set 25-12 and winning the third and final set 25-19. Wildcat sophomore Maggie Brahmer had a huge game, leading the Wildcats with 17 kills. 

“It was a huge team win,” Head Coach Scott Kneifl said. “We had some players step up but in roles that they haven’t had to before. I really felt like our team competed on every point and out worked Augustana most of the night.” 

The Wildcat crowd showed up with an attendance of 1,002. The crowd was engaged and rowdy all night, as they cheered on the number three team in the nation.  

“The crowd was phenomenal, it was electric from the first point until the last, it definitely was a major factor in the match,” Kneifl said. “So, thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Cats.” 

The Wildcats will end the season with a face off against Winona State, Upper Iowa, Minnesota State Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul where the Wildcats hope to win out and finish with the best record since 2010 where the Wildcats went 26-4.