Wayne St. pulls past Husky volleyball

DETROIT – Michigan Tech volleyball suffered its second straight 3-1 defeat on the road Saturday, this time at the hands of Wayne State. The Huskies won the first set 25-21, but lost the next three 25-18, 25-22 and 25-22.

Tech led throughout set one. Seven different Huskies had kills in the frame including Shelby Jones, whose attack sealed the opening stanza victory.

The visitors held an early 9-6 lead before the Warriors responded by scoring 10 of the next 12 points en route to the 25-18 final.

Kills by Aubrey Havlicek and Kienna Sharp and a setting error by WSU helped Tech pull within 23-22 in the third set, but back-to-back kills by the Warriors put it away.

Tech looked as though it might force a fifth set with a 20-19 lead in the fourth. Wayne answered again, tallying four straight kills to take control and eventually win it 25-22.

WSU hit .252 as a team compared to a .185 mark for Tech. The Huskies had three players in double digits in kills. Sylvie Rokosh posted a team-high 11 with no errors on 28 attempts (.393). Sharp hit .474 with 10 kills. Aubrey Ficek also had 10 kills.

Jacqueline Aird (11 digs), Rachel Pohlod (9) and Jones (nine) all did a nice job defensively.

Michigan Tech returns home for a pair of matches next weekend vs. Walsh (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Malone (Saturday at 4 p.m.).