Volleyball Defeated by Oshkosh, Elmhurst at Invite

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The UW-Eau Claire volleyball team closed out the Oshkosh Invitational with a pair of 3-1 losses to UW-Oshkosh and Elmhurst College (Ill.). The Blugolds finished the invite 2-2 and are now 6-8 on the season.

The Blugolds kept it close in the match against Oshkosh as each set was decided by no more than three points. The Titans bested the Blugolds 26-24 in the first set. Though Eau Claire narrowly won the second 25-22, Oshkosh finished the match with 25-21, 29-27 set wins.

In the second match, Elmhurst quickly backed the Blugolds into a corner, winning the first two sets 25-14, 25-21. Eau Claire secured a 25-14 win in the third, but succumbed to Elmhurst 25-15 in the final set.

Lauren Sutherland (So.-Dayton, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian) racked up 54 digs in the two matches, 24 against Oshkosh and a career-high 30 on Elmhurst.

Emily Neave (Jr.-Salem, Wis./Westosha Central) led in set assists with 55 in the Oshkosh match and 37 against Elmhurst.

In kills, Liz Amici (Sr.-Whitewater, Wis.) tallied a Blugold-high 14 against the Titans while Anne Satterlee (Jr.-Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) recorded 12 in each of the matches. Overall, five Blugolds broke double digit kills and four made over 10 kills against Oshkosh.

Amici was named to the 10-person All-Tournament Team following the invite.

The Blugolds open Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this Wednesday, Sept. 21 with a match against UW-Stout. The match is set for 7 p.m. in Menomonie.

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