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Wayne State Volleyball drops NSIC Tournament Contest to St. Cloud State

Wayne State Volleyball drops NSIC Tournament Contest to St. Cloud State

#12 Wayne State was held to a .144 attack percentage by #7 St. Cloud State as the Huskies posted a 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 win over the Wildcats Friday evening in the 2019 NSIC Volleyball Tournament at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. SCSU is now 24-5 on the season while the 24-7 Wildcats now await their NCAA Tournament fate with the NCAA Division II selection show Monday at 6:30 p.m. after WSC enter the NSIC Tournament as the seventh ranked team in the region.

WSC got off to a slow start in the first set, trailing 6-1 to force an early timeout. The Wildcats never led in the set and got as close as 17-14 before the Huskies scored the next three points to stop a possible WSC rally as St. Cloud State finished with a 25-17 set win. Katie Stephens had three kills in the set for the Wildcats.

St. Cloud State built a 14-9 lead on the Wildcats in the second set. WSC got within two at 16-14 before the Huskies pushed the lead to 21-16 and ended with a 25-20 set win despite four kills apiece from Maddie Knobbe and Alyssa Ballenger.

The third set featured seven lead changes and 13 ties, but St. Cloud State produced 18 kills in the set and staved off the Wildcats for a 25-23 set win to complete the sweep.

Alyssa Ballenger had six kills in the set for WSC while Rachel Walker and Tarrin Beller each had two blocks.

St. Cloud State finished the match with a .280 attack percentage while holding WSC to .144.

The Huskies had two more blocks than the Wildcats, 9-7, and had four service aces to two for WSC.

Ballenger paced WSC with 10 kills followed by Katie Stephens with eight. Tarrin Beller accounted for five blocks with Walker adding four. Haley Kauth was credited with 12 digs while Walker handed out 34 set assists.

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