Wavelab 8.5 Audio File Play resets sample rate 44KHz

MOTU 16A is set to 96 KHz playback thru MOTU web gui. Mono audio file is 96 KHz. When I hit play in Wavelab 8.5, it resets the 16A to 44 KHz, stutters, then stops playback. Hitting play again plays back the file at the wrong speed, 44 KHz. Has anyone else seen this problem. I’m on OSX El Capitan.