WSC Volleyball Team Falls In Semifinals Of NSIC Tournament

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

#8 Wayne State College could not overcome a .370 attack percentage by #4 Southwest Minnesota State as the Mustangs topped the Wildcats 25-12, 26-24, 25-21 in the semi-finals of the 2016 Northern Sun Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday evening at Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  SMSU is now 26-4 on the year while WSC slips to 24-7.

The Mustangs hit a sizzling .480 in the first set with 15 kills on 25 attempts to control the Wildcats 25-12. 

Wayne State battled back in the second set that featured 15 ties and six lead changes.  SMSU took an early 7-3 lead, but the Wildcats chipped away at the early deficit and tied the score at 9-9 following back-to-back SMSU attack errors.

WSC used a Haley Kauth service ace to take a 13-12 lead.  The final lead in the set for the ‘Cats came at 18-17 on a Katie Stephens kill.  SMSU then scored the next four points to take a 21-18 advantage.  WSC then used a pair of blocks and two Mustang service errors to knot the score at 22.  The two teams traded points and remained tied at 24 until SMSU got a pair of kills to close out the second set 26-24.

SMSU built an early 12-6 advantage in the third set.  The Mustangs still led 18-12 when WSC rallied and got within two at 20-18 following a Michaela Mestl kill.  But the Mustangs never let WSC get any closer and SMSU finished with a 25-21 third set win and take the match 3-0.

Southwest Minnesota State hit .370 in the match compared to Wayne State’s .161.  The Mustangs had 55 kills with just 11 errors on 119 attempts while WSC recorded 31 kills with 13 errors and 112 attacks.

The Mustangs held a 61-43 advantage in digs and 9-5 edge in blocks.  SMSU had five service aces to just one by WSC while the Mustangs had 11 service errors to just two on WSC.

Mestl led the Wildcats with nine kills followed by Alyssa Frauendorfer with six and Erin Gross five.  Gross and Alex Opperman each had three blocks for the Wildcats while freshman libero Haley Kauth finished with 18 digs.  Sophomore setter Megan Gebhardt handed out 26 set assists.

Wayne State now awaits word on a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament with the NCAA selection show set for Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.