Sweep Sweep

Volleyball cleans up at home


Photo By Emma Krause

ELIZABETH GEBHARDT leaps tp spike the ball against Upper Iowa University last friday. Also pictured are Courtney VanGroningen, Alyssa Frauendorfer, and Michaela Mestl.

Joseph Lovercheck, Staff Writer

Over the weekend, the eleventh-ranked Wayne State College Wildcat volleyball team swept both Winona State University and Upper Iowa University.

The Wildcats started the weekend against Winona State on Friday, winning all three sets 25-21, 28-26 and 25-22.

During the first set the Wildcats came out firing. One of Coach Scott Kneifl’s concerns last week was a slow start. Throughout the match, neither team had a clear advantage. Both teams had their share of hustle plays and pancake digs. The final point of the second set seemed to go on forever.

The team leaders were Katie Hughes in kills (14), Leisa Mc­Clintock in assists (37), Courtney VanGroningen in digs (24).

On Saturday the Wildcats con­tinued their hot streak against Up­per Iowa. The Wildcats swept the Peacocks 25-17, 25-19 and 25-13.

WSC was led by Hughes, who had her sixth double-double of the season, three of which were recorded this past week, with 13 kills. Michaela Mestl led the team with 14 digs, while McClintock had 34 assists.

After Hughes’ outstanding week of playing, she was named the Northern Sun Conference volley­ball defensive player of the week Monday afternoon, announced by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota.

The 5’11 senior is an outside hitter from Seward, Neb. who averaged 3.70 kills and a league-best 6.20 digs per set in WSC’s three games this past week.

Hughes is ranked fourth in the NSIC for kills and digs average with 3.04 kills and 4.87 digs per set.

The Wildcats move to 11-2 overall and are now 4-1 in NSIC matches. They will continue NSIC play on Friday at Minnesota State and third-ranked Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday.