Ross returned kickoffs Saturday in a game against nationally-ranked UW-Oshkosh. He returned seven of eight kickoffs and compiled 128 yards. In the third quarter, Ross had a return of 33 yards, his longest of the day. He also had one pass reception for 11 yards on the Blugolds’ final play of the first half.
In two games this week, both of which the Blugolds won 1-0, O’Connell and the rest of the Blugold defense allowed a total of 18 shots while Eau Claire recorded 30. Against St. Olaf College (Minn.) on Wednesday, the Blugolds gave up 13 shots while allowing only five, including just three on-goal, against UW-Platteville on Saturday. The win over the Pioneers on Saturday gave the Blugolds their seventh straight victory to tie the seventh longest winning streak in school history.
Richter had the Blugolds’ lone goal Saturday against UW-Platteville in a 1-0 win, helping the team to its seventh straight victory to tie the seventh longest winning streak in school history. She found the back of the net against the Pioneers at 68:31 for her fourth goal of the year. Richter had two shots, both on goal, in that game, after compiling two shots on goal Wednesday as the Blugolds beat St. Olaf College (Minn.) 1-0.
Bachmeier and Johnson won two No. 2 doubles matches against WIAC opponents this weekend, improving their season dual record in the No. 2 spot to 7-1. Friday against UW-Stevens Point, a match the Blugolds won 9-0, the pair won 8-2 while defeating their UW-Oshkosh counterparts 8-4 on Saturday as the team won 8-1. The duo has won seven straight matches in dual competitions.
In two matches this weekend, Heltne recorded two No. 1 singles victories against conference opponents, helping the Blugolds to two team wins. Friday against UW-Stevens Point, a match the Blugolds won 9-0, Heltne secured a 6-1, 6-1 win over Rachel Brown. Against UW-Oshkosh on Saturday, which the Blugolds defeated 8-1, she beat Preslee Nolte 6-3, 7-6. For the season, she is now 8-1 in dual competitions at No. 1 singles, winning eight straight.
Competing in two of the Blugolds’ three matches this week, Neave led the team in setting twice as the Blugolds went 3-0. In a 3-0 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Saturday, Neave had 37 set assists after finishing with 45 against the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) on Wednesday, a match the Blugolds won 3-1. Against the Saints, she also led the match with 18 digs. For the week, Neave compiled 82 set assists, 25 digs, four service aces, four block assists and four kills.