No. 3 WSC volleyball handles Upper Iowa in four sets

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FAYETTE, Iowa — Third-ranked Wayne State overcame a slow start and held back a stubborn Upper Iowa squad in the fourth set for a 23-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-23 win in NSIC volleyball action Friday.

WSC got off to a slow start in the match, trailing the entire way in the first set. The ‘Cats were down 4-0 and 16-8 and still trailed 19-11 before rallying late to make the opening set close before Upper Iowa finished off the first set.

The Wildcats stormed back in the second set, forcing nine Upper Iowa errors to tie the match at a set apiece. Sophomore Brooke Peltz had two service aces in a serving stretch of five straight points that pushed the Wildcat lead in the set to 17-8. Taya Beller and Kelsie Cada each had five kills for the Wildcats in the set.

WSC trailed early in each of the final two sets before rallying. In the third set, WSC trailed 3-2 before going on a six-point run and would never lead by less than four the rest of the set. In the final set, Wayne State trailed 13-10 before rallying late to finish off the Peacocks in four sets.

Wayne State hit .274 in the win while holding Upper Iowa to .185. Upper Iowa had seven more kills than WSC but the ‘Cats forced 27 Peacock errors while recording just 11. WSC had six service aces to four by the Peacocks while the hosts had nine service errors to just three on the Wildcats. The ‘Cats also held an 8-3 advantage in blocks.

Cada notched her sixth double-double of the season to lead WSC with 16 kills and 14 digs. Maggie Brahmer added 15 kills and five blocks while Beller finished with 14 kills and three blocks. Jessie Brandl recorded a career-best 24 digs to go with three service aces while Jordan McCormick was credited with 12 digs.  Setter Rachel Walker handed out 46 set assists.

The Wildcats (13-0, 3-0 NSIC) continue their NSIC road trip at Winona State Saturday at 2 p.m.

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