Senior middle hitter Tarrin Beller produced 17 kills and six blocks with a .630 attack percentage to power Wayne State College in a 25-16, 25-12, 23-25, 25-19 win over CSU – Pueblo at the Missouri Southern Tournament in Joplin, Missouri. The Wildcats finish the season-opening tournament with a 4-0 record while dropping CSU Pueblo to 0-4.
WSC recorded a match-high 19 kills in the first set, with seven coming from Beller, allowing the Wildcats to post a 25-16 first set win.
Junior Jaci Brahmer led a balanced Wildcat attack in the second set, notching five kills in six attempts, as the Wildcats took a 25-12 second set victory.
CSU Pueblo gave Wayne State its first set loss of the season to keep the match alive momentarily with a 25-23 third set win.
But WSC stormed back in the fourth set and forced 12 attack errors on the Thunderwolves that included five blocks as the ‘Cats finished of CSUP 25-19.
Wayne State hit .293 as a team with 59 kills on 157 attacks and just 13 errors while CSU Pueblo recorded a .177 attack percentage with 45 kills, 22 errors and 130 attempts.
The Wildcats held an 8-4 edge in blocks and had two more service aces than CSU Pueblo 6-4.
Beller paced Wayne State in the win with her match-high 17 kills, hitting a sizzling .630 with no attack errors. Brahmer also hit double digits in kills with 13 while freshman Kelsie Cada notched a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs.
Hope Carter was credited with 12 digs and two service aces while Maddie Duffy recorded 11 digs and two service aces. Redshirt freshman setter Rachel Walker had 46 set assists and three blocks.
Wayne State returns to action on Friday, September 13th facing Belmont Abbey College (11:30 a.m.) and Grand Valley State (4:30 p.m.) at the Nova Southeastern Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.