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Volleyball Bounces Back With Conference Win
Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2007
STEVENS POINT, Wis. - After losing a close battle to UW-Whitewater last night, the UW-Eau Claire volleyball team dominated, taking three straight games to defeat UW-Stevens Point today.
The Pointers and the Blugolds are now tied with UW-La Crosse for third place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (WIAC). Both teams own a 14-7 overall record and a 3-2 WIAC record.
Eau Claire won by scores of the 30-23, 30-13, and 30-17 in the 3-0 victory. Eau Claire hit .250 while the Pointers hit only .073. The Blugolds also had 10 more service aces than the Pointers, totaling 12 compared to Stevens Point's two.
Abby Freiborg (Jr.-Sacred Heart, MN/Renville County West) and Nikki Peterson (Sr.-North St. Paul, MN/North) both had double-digit kill totals, with 13 and 12 respectively. Stevens Point only had one person in double-digit kills, with Shelly Maus hitting 12. Setter Emily Haese (Jr.-Mishicot) led the Blugolds with 38 assists.
Eau Claire played well on defense, digging 64, while Stevens Point had 48. Heather Harnell (Sr.-Minnetonka, MN) tallied 22 digs to lead the team, while Freiborg and freshman Rachel Ver Voort (Madison, WI/Middleton) both had 12. In blocking, the Pointers had eight to the Blugolds' five.
Eau Claire has fared well against the Pointers, holding a 42-26 all-time record. The Blugolds have won 15 straight matches, with the last lost to Stevens Point coming in 1998. Since 1987, the Blugolds have only lost to the Pointers three times.
The Blugolds will be at home for their next four contests before finishing up the regular season at the Elmhurst Tournament. On Wednesday they will face conference opponent UW-Superior at 7 p.m. and will then have the weekend off.
- KM -