October 29, 2011

Volleyball Prevails over Platteville for Share of WIAC Title

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The UW-Eau Claire volleyball team earned its second consecutive WIAC co-champion title with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over UW-Platteville this afternoon at the McPhee Physical Education Center.

The title, shared with UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater, marks the third time in the last four seasons the Blugolds have been co-champions. It's also head coach Kim Wudi's third title with Eau Claire.

In today's match, the Blugolds and the Pioneers alternated set wins. Eau Claire edged out Platteville 25-23 in the first and dominated the third 25-9, despite a 9-7 start. Platteville took the second and fourth sets 25-22 and 25-18, forcing the fifth set. The deciding game was close early on, but the Blugolds went on a 6-2 run to seal the match.

Lauren Sutherland (So.-Dayton, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian) had a stand-out day, nailing 38 digs for the third-most in a single match in Blugold history.

Laura Slinger (Sr.-Faribault, Minn./Bethlehem Academy) and Emily Neave (Jr.-Salem, Wis./Westosha Central) also led Blugold stats for the day. Slinger totaled 16 kills – the highest individual total for both teams – and Neave accumulated 47 set assists.

The victory pushes the Blugolds to 20-11 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The win also preserved Eau Claire's double-digit win streak, marking the team's 11th consecutive victory. The Blugolds last won 11 matches in a row during the 2009 season (Oct. 23-Nov. 6).

The WIAC Tournament will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Blugolds, the No. 3 seeded team, will host UW-River Falls (No. 6 seed) at 7 p.m. at the McPhee Physical Education Center.

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S M T W T F S
9/19/14 3:00 PM
Women's Volleyball
St. Thomas (Minn.)
at UW-Eau Claire
Sandy Schumacher Memorial Tournament - Alumni Weekend
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9/19/14 7:30 PM
Women's Volleyball
Carroll (Wis.)
at UW-Eau Claire
Sandy Schumacher Memorial Tournament - Alumni Weekend
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9/20/14 10:00 AM
Women's Volleyball
Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.)
at UW-Eau Claire
Sandy Schumacher Memorial Tournament - Alumni Weekend
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9/20/14 2:30 PM
Women's Volleyball
St. Norbert
at UW-Eau Claire
Sandy Schumacher Memorial Tournament - Alumni Weekend
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9/26/14 7:00 PM
Women's Volleyball
UW-Eau Claire
at UW-Superior
9/13/14 Final
Women's Volleyball
0
UW-Eau Claire
3
vs. Univ. of Chicago
@ Kenosha, Wis.
Carthage Tournament
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9/13/14 Final
Women's Volleyball
1
Alma
3
vs. UW-Eau Claire
@ Carthage, WI
Carthage Tournament
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9/12/14 Final
Women's Volleyball
0
UW-Eau Claire
3
at Carthage College (Wis.)
Carthage Tournament
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9/12/14 Final
Women's Volleyball
0
UW-Eau Claire
3
vs. Elmhurst (Ill.)
@ Kenosha, WI
Carthage Tournament
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9/10/14 Final
Women's Volleyball
0
UW-Eau Claire
3
at Viterbo
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