Junior outside hitter Cori Hobbs pounded out 18 kills with 20 digs to lead #19 Wayne State in a four-set win over #1 ranked and previously unbeaten Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday evening in non-conference college volleyball before a crowd of 1,411 in the seventh annual Pack the House/Black Out Night match held at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.
The crowd was the second largest in WSC volleyball history as the Wildcats improved to 14-5 on the season while the Lopers suffered their first loss in 19 games after entering the contest as the lone remaining unbeaten team in NCAA Division II volleyball.
Wayne State hit .244 in the match compared to .122 for the Lopers. The ‘Cats had 54 kills compared to 46 for UNK and forced the Lopers into 25 attack errors in the contest. WSC outblocked UNK 8-2 and had five service aces in the match to just three by the Lopers.
Redshirt freshman setter Leisa McClintock handed out 46 set assists while Courtney VanGroningen and Katie Hughes, both freshmen, accounted for 17 digs apiece with junior Tatum Wroblewski adding 14 digs.
Wayne State will be at home this weekend as the Wildcats host St. Cloud State Friday evening at 7 p.m. and #3 Minnesota Duluth Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Northern Sun Conference play.
#1 Neb-Kearney 1 #19 Wayne State 3 F
West Virginia 0 #23 Iowa State 3 F
Northwestern 3 Dakota Wesleyan 0 F
Dordt (W) 1 Dakota Wesleyan 1 F/2OT
Dordt (M) 3 Dakota Wesleyan 2 F/OT
Morningside (M) 4 Mount Marty 0 F
Morningside (W) 3 Mount Marty 0 F
Northern Iowa (W) 2 Illinois State 1 F
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