Wildcats win two in Pueblo volleyball tourney

Wayne State handled CSU-Pueblo and Texas A&M-Commerce in action Friday at the Steel and Silver Classic in Pueblo, Colo.

The 12th ranked Wildcats overcame 30 attack errors to rally for a 3-2 win over the host ThunderWolves, winning 23-25, 25-13, 20-25, 25-18, 15-12.

The first set saw 11 ties and six lead changes, but Pueblo scored four of the final five points in the set to win the opening set. Redshirt freshman Jaci Brahmer produced five kills in the set for WSC while sophomore libero Haley Kauth accounted for nine digs.

Wayne State bounced back in the second set, using four service aces, to lead from start to finish, but the Thunderwolves came back and forced 12 Wildcat attack errors to take the 2-1 match advantage.

The Wildcats rebounded in the fourth set and used 13 kills and a .273 attack percentage to down the ThunderWolves, led by Katie Stephens’ six kills. In the final set, Wayne State came back from a 7-3 deficit and scored six of the final seven points to take the match.

Stephens led WSC with 14 kills and 11 digs in the win. Brahmer added 13 kills with seven blocks while Maria Wortmann accounted for 12 kills and six blocks. Kauth recorded 32 digs while setter Megan Gebhardt handed out 43 assists to go with 16 digs.  Stephens and Bree Ackermann were each credited with two service aces for WSC.

In the second match of the day, Erin Gross paced a balanced hitting attack with 13 kills to lead the Wildcats past the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions 25-13, 25-20, 18-25 and 25-23 to improve to 5-1.

Wayne State rolled in the first set, hitting .393 with 12 kills and just one attack error while forcing Texas A&M Commerce to nine attack errors. Freshman Maddie Duffy notched back-to-back service aces to close out the first set for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats built a 13-1 lead in the second set and went on to the two-set advantage. Wortmann had four kills in just seven attempts while Stephens and Kauth posted five digs apiece.

Texas A&M-Commerce came back to get the third set, and the fourth set went back and forth with 11 ties and seven lead changes before Wayne State broke a 20-20 tie with a kill from Gross, a block by Gebhardt and Brahmer and an attack error to go on to the finish off the win.

Gross led Wayne State in hitting with 13 kills to go with six blocks. Stephens contributed nine kills and a team-high 17 digs in the win while Wortmann produced eight kills and seven blocks. Gebhardt had 37 set assists while Kauth finished with 15 digs. Duffy had three of Wayne State’s five service aces.

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