Season Ends For WSC Volleyball
Posted: 30 November, 2012
WAYNE - # 1 Concordia-St. Paul ended the season for #16 Wayne State Thursday night with a 3-0 win in the opening round of NCAA Central Region Volleyball Tournament played in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Ganglehoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul University.
Scores of the match were 25-14, 25-17 and 25-20. Wayne State ends their season with a 22-10 record while Concordia-St. Paul advances to the semifinals to face #5 Minnesota Duluth at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
The first set started out with Concordia-St. Paul jumping out to an early lead as three straight receiving errors by Wayne State gave the Golden Bears an 8-2 advantage. Concordia St. Paul then rattled off five straight points before an attack error ended the run at 13-3. Elizabeth Gebhardt came off the bench for the ‘Cats and gave the team a spark with two kills and a block but it was not enough as errors plagued Wayne State in the first set as the Golden Bears took the first set 25-14. The Wildcats hit .056 in the first set with nine kills and seven errors on 36 total attacks. Cori Hobbs led WSC in the first set with three kills.
The second set started off with a 3-0 run by Wayne State as Alex Armes had two kills and Leisa McClintock had one to begin the set. Concordia-St. Paul would answer with a 6-0 run of their own that was broken by an attack error by Kayla Koenecke to bring the score to 6-4 in favor of the Golden Bears. The two teams then went back and forth for 13 points as Wayne State pulled within one point at 12-11. CSP then went on a 6-0 run that was ended by an attack error by Ashley Murtha to bring the score to 18-12. Concordia-St. Paul ended the game on a 7-5 run to take a 2-0 lead over Wayne State. Hobbs again led the Wildcats in kills with four in the second set.
Wayne State fought out to an early 5-2 lead in the third set capped by a block by Armes and Hobbs. Concordia-St. Paul would then battle back to take their first lead of the set at 11-10. Neither team was either to capture the momentum as the two squads played back and forth to a 17-15 score. The Golden Bears would then close out the third set on an 8-5 run to advance to the semifinals and end the Wildcats season.
The Wildcats were outhit .216-.067 in the contest as WSC had 29 kills and 21 errors on 119 attacks while CSP had 38 kills and 16 errors on 102 attacks. Concordia-St. Paul held the advantage in assists 38-27, digs 61-47 and blocks 9-8.
Wayne State was led in the contest by senior Alex Armes with nine kills and Cori Hobbs next with six kills. Leisa McClintock dished out 22 assists and Armes led the team with four blocks. Hobbs and Katie Hughes both had double-digit digs for WSC as Hobbs led the team with 12 digs and Hughes had 11.
Concordia-St. Paul was led by Ashley Murtha and Ellie Duffy who each had 10 kills.
The NCAA Central Regional appearance marks the eighth straight season the Wildcats have made the NCAA tournament. WSC loses two seniors off this year’s team as Alex Armes and Melanie Placke played their final matches in a Wildcat uniform.