HAVILAND - Wayne Trace dominated the first set and then had to hold off visiting Delphos Jefferson in the second and third sets en route to a straight set victory the Wildcats in non-league volleyball action at the 'Palace.'
The Lady Raiders led from start to finish in the first set in rolling to a 25-9 victory. However, the second set saw the Wildcats rally from an early deficit to take the lead only to see Wayne Trace answer late and slip past Delphos Jefferson 29-27.
Set three was very similar to the second set as the red-white-and-blue came from behind for a 25-23 win.
Wayne Trace never trailed in the first set, leading 5-1 early on and widening the margin to as much as 15-3. Delphos Jefferson did get back within 18-8 on a Katie Goergens kill but it was all Raiders from there.
The red-white-and-blue then finished the set with an ace by Krystal Wannemacher, a kill from Tanya Sinn and three more Wannemacher aces to seal the 25-9 win.
However, set two was altogether different.
With the Lady Raiders on top 11-8, kills from Sinn, Lauren Speice and Wannemacher widened the margin to 14-8.
The Wildcats would rally though. A Goergens slam ignited a 10-1 run for Delphos Jefferson that saw the visitors go on top 19-17. Fallon Van Dyke added three kills in the spurt for the Lady Wildcats while Kenidi Ulm, Lindsay Deuel and Rileigh Stockwell also chipped in slams.
Delphos Jefferson led 21-18 following a Van Dyke kill before Wayne Trace rallied to tie after an ace from Maddie Baumle and a Wannemacher slam.
Kamie Pulford recorded an ace as the Wildcats went on top 23-21 but the set again took a quick turn. Kills from Wannemacher and Brenda Feasby helped Wayne Trace go back in front 25-24 before a service error left the set tied at 25-25.
A Raider hitting error again put the Wildcats in position for the win but the visitors couldn't finish. Two straight hitting mistakes by Delphos Jefferson allowed Wayne Trace to go back in front 27-26.
After the Wildcats tied the set at 27-27, the Lady Raiders finished off the second set with consecutive kills by Speice and Sylvia Young for the 29-27 victory.
The third set again saw Delphos Jefferson take a lead midway through the game, opening a 20-15 advantage following slams from Ulm and Deuel. With Delphos Jefferson still leading 21-16, it was Wayne Trace who took control from that point forward.
Four Young kills and a Young block for a point, two aces by Sinn and a Wannemacher slam sealed the 25-23 Raider victory to end the match.
Stockwell and Goergens had five kills for the Lady Wildcats and Van Dyke recorded four slams. Deuel and Ulm chipped in two each as well. Stockwell also had four aces for Delphos Jefferson, which falls to 6-12.
Wannemacher recorded five aces and six kills with Sinn recording seven kills and three aces for Wayne Trace, which moves to 9-10 on the season.