Cada, Robles power #1 Wildcats in sweep over Chadron State
WAYNE (Via Wayne State Athletics) - Senior Kelsie Cada and freshman Channatee Robles combined for 24 kills and a .378 hitting percentage to lead the #1-ranked Wayne State volleyball team in a 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 non-conference sweep over Chadron State College Tuesday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.
The Wildcats are now 9-1 on the season while the Eagles drop to 5-5. Wayne State never trailed on the night.
The 'Cats built a 12-5 advantage in the first set and cruised to a 25-17 set win thanks to .424 hitting as a team.
Cada had a hot first set with five kills and two service aces while Robles, Maggie Brahmer and Taya Beller each added three kills in the opening set.
The second set saw the 'Cats jump out to a 13-7 lead, then scored six straight points for a 21-9 lead on their way to a 25-16 set win.
WSC held Chadron State to a .048 hitting percentage in the set while recording three blocks. Robles notched a team-high four kills in the set followed by Cada and Beller with three apiece.
The third set saw the visiting Eagles battle the 'Cats early until a late scoring surge allowed WSC to complete the sweep.
WSC was up 12-10 and pushed the lead to 18-12. CSC got as close as four at 21-17 until WSC closed the set strong and closed the match on a block by Brahmer and Taylor Bunjer for a 25-18 set win.
Beller had five kills in the set with Robles and Brahmer each adding four.
Wayne State finished the match with a .272 hitting percentage while holding Chadron State to .104. The 'Cats held a 45-25 edge in kills and 59-48 in digs while out-blocking the Eagles 8-5. WSC also held a 7-4 edge in service aces.
Cada had 13 kills to pace WSC followed by Robles with a season-high 11 kills and .381 hitting percentage. Brahmer accounted for nine kills and a team-high five blocks.
Libero Jordan McCormick posted a team-leading 16 digs while setter Rachel Walker handed out 38 set assists.
Junior Havyn Heinz had three service aces, matching a career-high, followed by Cada and Taya Beller with two aces each.
The Wildcats return to NSIC play this weekend with road matches at Sioux Falls Friday at 6 p.m. and #9 Southwest Minnesota State Saturday at 4 p.m.