WSC Volleyball Avenges Augustana Loss
Posted: 23 October, 2013
SIOUX FALLS - #17 Wayne State College avenged a home sweep earlier this season at the hands of Augustana College by returning the favor to Vikings with a dominant sweep in Sioux Falls Tuesday evening as the Wildcats rolled to a 28-26, 25-18 and 25-10 win in Northern Sun Conference volleyball.
WSC, who dropped a 25-21, 25-10 and 25-21 contest to the Vikings on September 24th, improved to 16-6 overall and 7-5 in the NSIC while Augustana is now 16-4 and 8-4 in league play.
The Wildcats trailed big in the first set, but used a late rally to pick up the win and that momentum carried over to the Wayne State side of the net the rest of the match as the Wildcats rolled to a three-game sweep.
WSC trailed 23-15 in the first set to the Vikings, then reeled off eight straight points with seven coming off the serve of Cori Hobbs, to knot the first set at 23-23. The Wildcats fought off one set point by Augustana and with the scored tied at 26-26 got kills from Lexi Malm and Cori Hobbs to finish the first set with a 28-26 win.
The second set saw WSC build a 17-11 lead, but Augustana closed within three points at 21-18. The Wildcats then scored the final four points of the set and sealed the set win with an ace from sophomore Elizabeth Gebhardt to give the Wildcats a 25-18 win. WSC forced 12 Augustana attack errors in the second set, holding the Vikings to a -.048 attack percentage.
The third set was all Wayne State as the ‘Cats scored nine straight points to take a commanding 16-5 lead as the Wildcats cruised to a 25-10 third set win to complete the sweep. Cori Hobbs served eight straight points during the early scoring run, highlighted by two service aces, to fuel the Wildcat set win. In the third set, WSC forced Augustana to a -.033 attack percentage with seven attack errors and only six kills in 30 attacks.
Wayne State hit .267 for the match while holding Augustana to a .057 attack percentage. The ‘Cats had 43 kills compared to 31 by Augustana and had a 62-58 edge in digs over the Vikings. WSC also had eight blocks in the win to six for Augustana.
Senior outside hitter Cori Hobbs led a balanced Wildcat effort with her 15th double-double of the season, 11 kills and 13 digs. Senior middle hitter Lexi Malm contributed nine kills and four blocks while freshman middle hitter Alyssa Frauendorfer had nine kills and three blocks in the win. Sophomore libero Courtney VanGroningen recorded 15 digs with Michaela Mestl adding 12 and sophomore setter Leisa McClintock accounted for 35 set assists in the win.
Wayne State will be at home this weekend, hosting #4 Minnesota Duluth Friday evening at 7 p.m. and St. Cloud State Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Northern Sun Conference games.