#18 Wayne State College had a season-high 17 blocks, but could not overcome a season-high 23 attack errors as the Wildcats lost at Winona State 25-20, 18-25, 26-24, 25-17 in Northern Sun Conference volleyball Saturday afternoon in Winona, Minnesota. The Wildcats are now 11-4 and 4-3 in the NSIC while Winona State is 6-9 and 3-4 in league contests.
Winona State led from start to finish in the first set for a 25-20 win as the Warriors forced WSC into eight attack errors and a -.024 attack percentage.
The Wildcats regrouped in the second set, producing 14 kills and a .250 attack percentage, to go with five blocks as WSC evened the match with a 25-18 set win. Alyssa Ballenger had five kills to lead the ‘Cats while Tarrin Beller accounted for four blocks.
In a back and forth third set that saw 10 ties and five lead changes, Winona State rallied from set point at 24-23 to score the final three points of the set for a 26-24 win. WSC forced 12 Winona State errors in the set that included four blocks, but has just seven kills with six errors for a .025 attack percentage.
Winona State pulled away from a 15-15 tie in the fourth set to close out the Wildcats with a 25-17 set win, taking the match 3-1.
Wayne State hit a season-low .084 in the match on 37 kills with 23 errors on 166 attacks while Winona State posted a .125 attack percentage with 57 kills, 34 errors and 184 attempts.
The Wildcats had a season-high 17 blocks in the contest while Winona State had 13 blocks on WSC.
Sophomore Maddie Knobbe led WSC with nine kills followed by Alyssa Ballenger and Katie Stephens with eight apiece. Stephens had a career-best 28 digs followed by Haley Kauth with 21 and Maddie Duffy 14.
Jaci Brahmer led the Wildcats in blocking with nine followed by Tarrin Beller eight and Knobbe six. Kauth and Duffy each had two service aces.
The Wildcats will be at home Tuesday evening battling Chadron State in a non-conference match starting at 6 p.m.