No. 8 Wildcats come back for five-set win at Bemidji


Eighth-ranked Wayne State needed a career-high 30 kills from senior Alyssa Frauendorfer to rally for a 22-25, 25-7, 22-25, 25-17, 15-10 win at Bemidji State in Northern Sun Conference volleyball action Saturday afternoon in Bemidji, Minn.
The first set saw 15 ties and eight lead changes between the two clubs before Bemidji State finished with the first-set win. Wayne State stormed back in the second set as the Wildcats held Bemidji State to just three kills and eight errors for a -.167 attack percentage to even the match.
The host Beavers regained the momentum in the third set with 12 kills and just one attack error to take the 2-1 lead, but Wayne State forced eight Beatver attack errors in the fourth set while recording 13 kills to force the winner-take-all fifth set.
The Wildcats did not make an attack error in the fifth set with nine kills on 25 attempts as Wayne State prevailed to rally for the 3-2 match win.
Frauendorfer led Wayne State with her career-high 30 kills in the win, posting a stellar .583 attack percentage with just two errors on 48 attempts. Michaela Mestl added 14 kills aand had a season-high 32 digs. Libero Haley Kauth had 18 digs and four services aces while setter Megan Gebhardt had 54 assists. Tarrin Beller added 10 digs and three blocks.
The Wildcats (19-6, 10-6 NSIC) will be on the road again next weekend, visiting Minot State Friday at 7 p.m. and the University of Mary Saturday in a 4 p.m. contest.