Santi started at center Saturday in the Blugolds' season and home opener against eighth-ranked University of St. Thomas (Minn.). The Blugolds led much of the game but fell at the very end 27-24. Santi was part of an offensive line that allowed running back Joel Sweeney to finish with a game-high 104 rushing yards. Quarterback Austin Neu also passed for 196 yards.
Engler led the Blugolds at their season-opening Doug Georgianni Memorial Invitational, an event where the Blugolds finished in fourth place out of 20 teams. Engler tied for the best score of the two-day tournament, a 155, but medalist honors went to Washington-St. Louis' Olivia Lugar because of a lower second round score (Engler had 79, Lugar had 78).
Hanson began her collegiate career this weekend facing two ranked opponents in New York. Hanson and the rest of the Blugold defense allowed just one goal against 19th-ranked Ithaca College (N.Y.) Friday to start the season and facing second-ranked William Smith College (N.Y.), they played strong in the first half, allowing just one goal but gave up three in the second half. For the weekend, the Blugolds allowed just 13 shots-on-goal.
At the Warhawk Invitational on Saturday, Gillman and Heltne won the No. 1 double draw. They opened the day with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Augustana and followed with a 6-7 (4), 6-1, 10-6 win over UW-Whitewater opponents. In the championship match, the pair went on to defeat UW-La Crosse 7-5, 6-0.
McCullough began her collegiate career with a win at No. 6 singles as the Blugolds opened the season at UW-Whitewater on Friday. She defeated Whitewater's Erika Williams 6-1, 6-4, a player who then went on to win the No. 3 single draw at the Warhawk Invitational the following day.
Bomgren helped lead the Blugolds to a 3-1 record this weekend as they opened the season with the UW-Eau Claire Labor Day Classic. She finished with 58 kills in four matches to lead the team and was named to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the event. Bomgren also had 40 digs, third most on the team, and seven blocks, fourth most on the team, as she competed in 14 out of 15 sets over the course of the weekend. In the Blugolds' match against Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) on Friday, Bomgren finished with a match-high 24 kills, just five short of a school record.