No. 22 Wildcats stay hot with 3-0 sweep over Florida Tech

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    No. 22 Wayne State continued a trend of dominant defense with a 3-0 sweep over Florida Tech as the Wildcat volleyball team achieved a 25-12, 25-12, 25-21 win against the Panthers Saturday morning at the 2019 Shark Invitational Volleyball Tournament held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The Wildcats stay unbeaten on the season with the win at 7-0 while Florida Tech is now 1-6.

    The Wildcat offense came out swinging to begin the contest, as they hit .419 in the first set with 15 kills in a 25-12 set win.

    WSC’s defense came to life in the second set as they forced the Panthers to hit .000 with seven errors on their way to another 25-12 set victory.

    The third set proved to be closer between the squads, but Florida Tech would never find the footing it needed and did not lead at any point during the set.

    Florida Tech’s only lead came at the beginning of the match with a service ace for the first point of the contest.

    Wayne State hit .235 in the match with 41 kills on 132 attacks and 10 errors while holding the Panthers to a .047 attack percentage with 26 kills and 20 errors on 128 attempts.  The Wildcats had two fewer digs than Florida Tech, 77-75, and held a 8-5 edge in blocks.  WSC also had seven service aces to just three for the Panthers.

    Junior Alyssa Ballenger led WSC with 10 kills and 3 digs.  Kelsie Cada and Jaci Brahmer each added nine kills with Tarrin Beller finishing with six.  Morgan Alexander contributed 15 digs while Maddie Duffy added 12.  Hope Carter pitched in for the Wildcats with four service aces while redshirt freshman setter Rachel Walker was credited with 30 set assists.

    Wayne State finishes up action in Florida against Southern New Hampshire at 2:30 p.m. today to close out play at the 2019 Shark Invitational in Florida.

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