WSC Volleyball Beats #9 Indianapolis In Straight Sets
Posted: 06 September, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Wayne State College volleyball team, ranked 20th in the AVCA Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, swept #9 Indianapolis in straight sets with scores of the match going 25-14, 25-21 and 25-23 to open the season Friday morning at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Wildcats took the first set of the contest 25-14 thanks in large part to a 9-1 run to start the game spearheaded by two service aces by senior Cori Hobbs and two kills by sophomore Elizabeth Gebhardt. The set then went back and forth until setter Leisa McClintock picked up back-to-back kills for points 24 and 25 to end the set. WSC was able to hit a scorching .607 in the first set compared to a hitting percentage of .267 for Indianapolis.
Wayne State found themselves in a 16-10 deficit midway through the second set before going on a 7-1 run to tie things up at 17-17. WSC would then string together an 8-4 run to close out the set and take a 2-0 lead in the match as attack errors plagued Indianapolis with three straight to end the second set. The Wildcat defense forced Indianapolis into a -.025 hitting percentage in the second set.
WSC would play another tough set in the final set of the contest as neither team was able to grab a lead of more than three throughout the third set. Senior Cori Hobbs was able to finish the sweep for Wayne State as her ninth kill of the contest sealed the 25-23 victory in the third set. The Wildcats would again outhit Indianapolis in the set with a .239 to .115 advantage.
Wayne State held a hitting percentage edge over Indianapolis in every set and for the game outhitting UIndy .257 to .107 in the contest. WSC also held advantages in kills (42-34), assists (39-33), digs (55-43) while the Greyhounds had more service aces (6-4) and blocks (6-3).
Sophomore Elizabeth Gebhardt led the Wildcats in kills with 10 and paced the team in hitting percentage at .600. Setter Leisa McClintock dished out 34 assists while racking up five kills and seven digs. Katie Hughes and Cori Hobbs were both in double digit digs for WSC as Hughes led the team with 17 and Hobbs was second with 11.
Arielle Knafel was the go to player for Indianapolis as she led the team with 10 kills and Kimberly Trojan was tops in digs for the Greyhounds with 10.
The Wildcats are now 1-0 on the young season and will play again later today when the Wildcats meet #11 Colorado School of Mines in a 5:30 p.m. match at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament.