No. 1 Wildcats set hitting mark in sweep


Top-ranked Wayne State hit at a school-record clip of .536 in making quick work of in-state foe Peru State on Tuesday at Rice Auditorium, winning 25-12, 25-12, 25-8.

The visiting Bobcats hung with the Wildcats early on, trailing 9-8 before Wayne State rattled off eight points in the next nine serves and building a 22-9 lead on their way to winning the first set. Wayne State hit .481 in the opening set with 17 kills, seven coming from Maggie Brahmer with Kelsie Cada adding six.

The Wildcats recorded a .583 hitting percentage with 17 kills in the second set, three coming from freshman Laney Kathol. Brahmer added five more in the set.

Coach Scott Kneifl pretty much emptied the bench in the final set as 13 WSC players saw action in the third set. WSC had five service aces and hit .556 in the set.

The Wayne State girls finished the night with 45 kills in 69 attempts for a .536 hitting percentage, bettering the old mark of .533 set against William Jewell on Sept. 14, 2013. Wayne State also had nine service aces and a 30-14 edge in digs.

Brahmer hit .875 on the night with 14 kills in 16 swings with no errors. Cada added eight kills and hit .636, and Taya Beller and Channatee Robles both had six kills. Ally Beresford had three ace serves and Jordan McCormick added two. Rachel Walker had 34 assists and McCormick led in digs with 13.

Wayne State (12-1, 3-0 NSIC) faces a stiff road test this weekend against two top-10 teams. They travel to No. 6 St. Cloud on Friday at 6 p.m. and then visit No. 10 Minnesota Duluth Saturday at 4 p.m.