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No. 14 Augustana University volleyball won its second straight match over an opponent ranked in the top-5 nationally in under a week with a 3-1 win over No. 4 Wayne State on Tuesday night at the Elmen Center. The Vikings (10-1, 3-0 NSIC) dropped the first set 25-22 but rallied to win the next three by scores of 25-11, 25-20, 25-0 over the fourth-ranked Wildcats (9-2, 1-2 NSIC).

Augustana defeated Southwest Minnesota State on the road last Thursday in five sets. SMSU was ranked fourth in the country at the time.

Courtney Place matched her season-high with 21 kills to lead the offensive attack for the Vikings while registering a season-high 16 digs. Hanna Justesen added 13 kills for the Vikings while Brittany Cech added a double, finishing with 10 kills and 14 digs.

Anna Sykora paced the offense with 53 assists and registered her sixth double-double of the season adding 15 digs. Sykora has handed out 50 or more assists in four matches in 2016.

Tahlyr Banks added 27 digs and five assists, marking her ninth match of the season with 20 or more digs.

Wayne State was led by Michaela Mestl who finished with 13 kills and 21 digs. Augustana finished the night with seven blocks and the defense held strong, holding the Wildcats to a .160 attack percentage.

Wayne State raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first set forcing Augustana to call an early timeout. The Vikings stopped the rally right out of the break on a kill by Place and which allowed Augustana to scratch back into the set to tie things up at 8-8.

Augustana used a five-point run in the middle of the first set to gain its first lead, eventually going ahead 15-12 before Wayne State called a timeout. The Wildcats responded and closed-out the first set with a 25-22 victory.

It was all Augustana in the second set as the Vikings roared out to a 4-0 lead behind the serve of Cech. With a 7-4 lead, Justesen served the Vikings to seven straight points helping Augustana grab a 10-point lead at 14-4. The Vikings never looked back taking the second set 25-11.

Augustana picked up where it left off in set two jumping out to an 8-2 lead. That set the tone for the third set as the Wildcats would only get within four points throughout the set before Lauren Waite closed-out the third with a kill for a 25-20 victory.

Augustana and Wayne State then slugged it out in the fourth set as the two teams traded points through the first 18 points. Wayne State tied the set at 9-9 and went on a short run to gain a two-point edge at 11-9. The Wildcats held the advantage until a five-point run sparked by Sykora setting multiple hitters allowed Augustana to gain a 21-18 lead.

The Wildcats got within two at 22-20 but the Vikings had momentum on their side eventually taking the fourth and final set 25-20.

Augustana will hit the road this weekend for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battles. The Vikings will have another top-25 match-up on Friday night as they are set to take on No. 11 Northern State at 7 p.m. at Wachs Arena. Augustana will close-out the two-game road trip against MSU Moorhead at 4 p.m. on Saturday.