#3 Wayne State volleyball stays unbeaten with 3-1 win at Winona State
Wayne, Neb. --- #3 Wayne State used double-doubles from Kelsie Cada and Rachel Walker along with a season-high nine kills from freshman outside hitter Taylor Bunjer as the Wildcats outlasted Winona State 25-21, 17-25, 25-16, 26-24 in Northern Sun Conference volleyball Saturday afternoon in Winona, Minnesota. The ‘Cats stay unbeaten at 14-0 and 4-0 in the league while the Warriors drop to 4-7 and 0-4 in the NSIC.
The opening set saw the Wildcats score five straight points to snap a 17-17 tie as WSC went on to finish with a 25-21 first-set victory.
Sophomore middle hitter Maggie Brahmer had five kills to pace WSC in the opening set while junior outside hitter Kelsie Cada added four kills and six digs.
The host Warriors came back in the second set and recorded a 25-17 win to even the match at 1-1. WSC had just 11 kills in the set while Winona State had two aces and three blocks.
Set three saw Wayne State force Winona State into eight errors while also recording three service aces as the ‘Cats registered a 25-16 set win. Sophomore Havyn Heinz had two service aces while Bunjer was a perfect 3 for 3 on kills for the ‘Cats in the set.
The fourth set saw Wayne State rally from a 21-19 deficit as the ‘Cats forced eight Winona State attack errors for the third time in four sets to outlast the Warriors 26-24.
After trailing 21-19, WSC stormed back to take a 24-22 lead following a solo block from Taya Beller. Winona State battled back to force extra points at 24-24, but WSC closed the set with kills from Beller to seal the win.
Wayne State finished the match hitting .178 while holding Winona State to a .122 percentage. Both teams had 52 kills, but the ‘Cats forced nine more errors against Winona State (29-20). Winona State had one more block than WSC 10-9.
Cada had 14 kills and 15 digs for her seventh double-double this season while Walker handed out 45 assists with 13 digs for her fourth double-double. Beller added 13 kills with Brahmer recording 11 to go with six blocks.
Senior libero Jessie Brandl had 24 digs followed by Jordan McCormick with 17 and Heinz with 12 to go with two service aces.
The Wildcats will be on the road again next weekend visiting #6 St. Cloud State Friday at 6 p.m. and #10 Minnesota Duluth Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.