UW-Whitewater claims women’s volleyball tournament title

Sam Loizzo

women’s volleyball

WHITEWATER, Wis.– University of Wisconsin-Whitewater recorded a 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-13 triumph over UW-Stevens Point to emerge with the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Women’s Volleyball Tournament title Conference (WIAC) (presented by Culver’s) at Kris Russell Volleyball Arena on November 5.

The tournament title is the 17th in program history for the Warhawks, who also secured the conference’s automatic bid for the NCAA Division III championship with the victory.

UW-Whitewater (25-6) was making its ninth straight appearance in the WIAC Tournament title game, while UW-Stevens Point (24-7) was making its fifth trip since 2013.

UW-Whitewater, ranked No. 12 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll, hit over .230 in the final three sets of the game against No. 15 UW-Stevens Point .

The Pointers scored the first three points of the game before UW-Whitewater went on a 4-0 run to take the lead. The teams traded points until UW-Whitewater was able to find a small 15-11 cushion. Another short run gave the Warhawks seven points, 20-13. UW-Stevens Point cut the lead to three, 21-18, but UW-Whitewater scored four of the final six points capped by a Kirsten Anderson kill for the 25-20 first-set victory.

The momentum continued in the second set. Tight early on, the Warhawks went 11-2 to give them a 20-11 advantage. The Pointers didn’t fold, hung on and eventually made a six-run run to shoot within two, 22-20. Anderson and Payton Kuepers hammered back-to-back wins to force the set point. Still, UW-Stevens Point continued to battle through two set points until an error by Pointer allowed UW-Whitewater to take a 2-0 lead in the game.

In the third set, UW-Whitewater used a few points to take a lead of at least four points early on twice, but once again the Pointers fought back. UW-Stevens Point eventually took a 20-18 lead. From there, the teams traded points with the Pointers taking the set 25-23 to force a fourth.

The final set consisted entirely of Warhawks. UW-Whitewater took a 16-5 lead in the set and went the rest of the way for the 25-13 win and a match win.

Three Warhawk hitters have tallied double-digit wins. Anderson and Jenna Weinfurt each had 12 points and Erin McNeil added 10. Weinfurt also pressured from the service line with four aces. Hannah Proctor posted seven blocks, three of which were solo. Morgan Jensen led all players with 22 digs.
UW-Stevens Point’s Ashley Kopp recorded 18 kills, while Emma Peterson and Kelsie Belfiori each had 19 digs.

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