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Wayne State Volleyball Starts Season 4-0

Posted: 09 September, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 20th ranked Wayne State College volleyball team notched their fourth straight win over a Top 25 opponent Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 sweep over #21 Wingate of North Carolina to cap a 4-0 weekend at the 2013 Holiday Inn & Suites Lake Elmo Volleyball Classic played in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Scores of the match were 25-19, 25-19 and 25-15, moving WSC to 4-0 on the year while handing 3-1 Wingate its first loss of the season.
The win highlighted a stellar weekend for the Wildcats in St. Paul, Minnesota as WSC beat #9 Indianapolis 3-0 and #11 Colorado Mines 3-2 Friday while starting Saturday with a 3-1 win over #1 ranked and six-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul before sweeping #21 Wingate.
Trailing 17-15 in the first set, WSC got a boost from freshman Michaela Mestl, who served two straight service aces and three aces down the stretch, to rally the Wildcats for a 25-19 win in the first set.  The Wildcats trailed early in the second set against Wingate and was down 12-11 before using a stretch of four straight points to take control in another 25-19 win.  Wayne State controlled the third set, thanks to three more service aces from Mestl and one from Katie Hughes, giving the Wildcats a 25-15 win and a sweep of Wingate.
Wayne State hit .196 for the match while holding Wingate to a .083 attack percentage.  The ‘Cats had 36 kills to 31 for Wingate and had eight service aces to just one by Wingate.  Wingate held a slight 9.5-7 advantage in blocks over the Wildcats.
Freshman Alyssa Frauendorfer had 13 kills and hit .400 to lead the Wildcats in hitting followed by Cori Hobbs with 10 kills and 12 digs.  Katie Hughes recorded a team-high 16 digs with sophomore libero Courtney VanGroningen adding 13.  Setter Leisa McClintock was credited with 32 set assists while Mestl finished with seven service aces, the second most ever in a single match by a Wildcat volleyball player.    
Wayne State will be in action again on Friday and Saturday at the CSU-Pueblo Tournament in Colorado.  The ‘Cats meet Lindenwood of Missouri at 10 a.m. Friday morning followed by a 4 p.m. contest against Chadron State.  Saturday’s matches find WSC meeting William Jewell Saturday at 10 a.m. and Southwestern Oklahoma State Saturday at 6 p.m.      

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