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WSC Falls To Northern State In Five Sets

Posted: 09 November, 2013

WAYNE - #20 Northern State rallied from a two-set deficit and overcame a career-high 18 kills by Wildcat senior middle hitter Lexi Malm as the Wolves posted a 25-23, 20-25, 11-25, 25-23 and 15-13 win over Wayne State College Friday evening in Northern Sun Conference volleyball played at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.
 WSC is now 19-8 overall and 10-7 in the NSIC following the loss with Northern State moving to 20-4 and 13-4 in league play.
Wayne State led a majority of the first set until Northern State rallied late for the set win.  WSC was in front 21-18 and 22-20, but Northern State scored five of the last six points in the set for a 25-23 win.
The Wildcats rebounded in the second set led the entire way with the exception of the first point as WSC won 25-20 thanks to a .364 attack percentage and 16 kills to even the match at 1-1.
Wayne State came out on fire in the third set as sophomore Katie Hughes served 10 straight points, including two service aces, to put the ‘Cats out to an early 10-0 lead and WSC cruised to a 25-11 third set win
Both teams played stellar volleyball in the fourth set, featuring outstanding hitting to go with 13 ties and one lead change.  The set’s 13th tie was at 23-23, then Northern State got two kills to post the 25-23 set win.  The Wolves hit .469 in the set on 16 kills and one attack error while WSC was just as impressive at .444 with 18 kills and two attack errors.
The fifth set was just as close featured eight lead changes and 12 ties before Northern State scored back-to-back points for a 14-12 lead and answered a Cori Hobbs kill with a kill from Cari McGarvie on set point to give the Wolves the 15-13 fifth set win.
Wayne State hit .325 for the match with 71 kills compared to Northern State’s .284 attack percentage and 65 kills.  Both teams had 69 digs while WSC had one more block than Northern State 10-9.
Senior middle hitter Lexi Malm notched a career-high 18 kills with a .484 attack percentage to lead Wayne State in hitting.  Cori Hobbs and Alyssa Frauendorfer each recorded 16 kills followed by Elizabeth Gebhardt with 12.  Hobbs added 21 digs for her 19th double-double of the season followed by Katie Hughes with 19 digs with Courtney VanGroningen and Michaela Mestl each recording 10.  Sophomore setter Leisa McClintock had a career-high 65 assists in the loss.

The Wildcats will play their final home game of the season Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. against MSU Moorhead.

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