Ballenger, Bellar lead Wildcats in sweep over Crookston

Alyssa Ballenger and Tarrin Beller combined for 25 kills while Wayne State recorded a season-high 11 service aces as the Wildcats swept Minnesota Crookston 25-7, 25-10 and 25-14 Saturday at Rice Auditorium.

The Wildcats forced eight Golden Eagle attack errors that included four blocks in the first set, then used six service aces, three from Maddie Duffy and two by Megan Gebhardt, along with five kills from Ballenger to take the quick two-set advantage.

Wayne State, wich hit .355 for the match with 40 kills, got 15 of them and hit at a .302 attack percentage in the third set to complete the sweep.

Ballenger had 13 kills to lead the Wildcats while Beller accounted for 12 and hit .750 for the match. Libero Haley Kauth had a team-high 13 digs while Megan Gebhardt had 33 assists with three service aces. Maddie Duffy recorded six service aces while Maria Wortmann paced a balanced blocking effort at the net with three blocks.

Wayne State (15-5, 7-4 NSIC) will be at home again Tuesday, hosting Augustana in the annual Pack the House/Black Out Night match at Rice Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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