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WSC Volleyball Falls In Five Set Thriller To Duluth

Posted: 26 October, 2013

WAYNE - #17 Wayne State College rallied from a two-set deficit to force a fifth and deciding set, but #4 Minnesota Duluth escaped in the fifth set with a 15-12 win to edge the Wildcats in a five set Northern Sun Conference battle played Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  Scores of the match were 28-26, 25-18, 20-25, 26-28 and 15-12.  UMD is now 21-2 and 11-2 in the NSIC while WSC falls to 16-7 and 7-6 in league play.
Both teams came out gunning in the first set with 15 ties and seven lead changes.  With the score tied at 26-26, UMD got back-to-back kills to win the set 28-26 recording 22 kills in the first set to 20 by the Wildcats.
The Bulldogs continued their solid play in the second set and had another 20 kills and a .318 attack percentage to take down the Wildcats 25-18.
But WSC came out of the intermission and gained momentum, hitting .364 with 14 kills and just two attack errors as the Wildcats got back into the match with a 25-20 third set win.
The fourth set turned into another battle between the two clubs with 13 ties and five lead changes.  WSC trailed 24-22, but used two kills from Lexi Malm and one from Cori Hobbs to take a 25-24 lead.  With the score tied at 26-26, the ‘Cats used another kill from Hobbs and a Bulldog attack error to win the fourth set 28-26 and force a fifth and deciding set.
WSC took an early 5-3 lead in the fifth set, but UMD rallied and used three straight points to take 9-7 lead forcing the Wildcats to call timeout.  The ‘Cats got within one point at 10-9 on a Hobbs kill, but UMD scored three of the next four points to go in front 13-10 and UMD went on to the 15-12 fifth set win.
Minnesota Duluth hit .282 in the match compared to Wayne State’s .249.  UMD had 80 kills to 69 for the Wildcats.  WSC did out-block the Bulldogs 10-5 in the contest.
Freshman middle hitter Alyssa Frauendorfer recorded a career-high 18 kills on just two attack errors and hit .421  while also recording a team-high five blocks to lead Wayne State.  Senior outside hitter Cori Hobbs accounted for her 16th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 11 digs followed by Lexi Malm with 13 kills and Elizabeth Gebhardt 11.
Sophomore libero Courtney VanGroningen had 29 digs with Katie Hughes adding 17 while sophomore setter Leisa McClintock had 56 set assists in the match.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday afternoon hosting St. Cloud State in a 4 p.m. Northern Sun Conference match at Rice Auditorium.

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