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Platteville Too Much for Blugold Volleyball to Handle
By: Kevin Meinholz, Sports Information Director
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (UWECBlugolds.com) - Coming off a big win last night, the 16th-ranked UW-Eau Claire volleyball team was unable to repeat its success against 19th-ranked UW-Platteville in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship at the McPhee Physical Education Center today.
The Blugolds (24-9) advanced to the championship match after a 3-1 win over 14th-ranked UW-Whitewater yesterday. But a strong Platteville team, currently on a 19-match winning streak, upset the top-seeded Blugolds 3-1 today.
Platteville (31-3) wins its third WIAC Tournament title overall and first since 2005 when the Pioneers defeated Eau Claire 3-0 in Whitewater. While the Blugolds have played in the tournament championship seven times, they have never been able to come away with a title.
Platteville earns the WIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which starts next weekend, while Eau Claire will have to wait until Monday morning to see if it earns as an at-large bid. The selection show will stream live on NCAA.com at 10 a.m. Monday.
In today’s match, while the Blugolds fell 25-21 in the first set they recovered to take the second set 25-21. However, Platteville came back and took the rest of the sets, jumping out to an 18-3 lead in set three to eventually win 25-12. The Pioneers captured the match victory and the tournament title with a 25-22 win in set four.
Rachel Ver Voort (Sr.-Madison, Wis./Middleton) led the Blugolds with 15 kills while Anne Satterlee (So.-Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) tallied 11. Amanda Lessner (Sr.-Watertown, Wis.) led the Blugolds with 14 digs and 35 assists while three others recorded double digit dig totals.