September 20, 2013

Volleyball Opens Conference Play with Win over Superior

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – After a close first set and falling in the second set, the UW-Eau Claire volleyball team won the final two sets to defeat UW-Superior 3-1 in the Blugolds' first conference match of the 2013 season in the McPhee Physical Education Center tonight.

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The first set was closely contested and neither team could get too far ahead of the other in the end. After a back and forth battle, Eau Claire finally pulled away to win the set 32-30.

The Yellowjackets carried the momentum into the second set and while the Blugolds scored first, Superior eventually worked its way to a 25-22 win. But Eau Claire then handed Superior a 25-12 loss in the third set to go up 2-1. In the third set, the Blugolds never trailed the entire way. Eau Claire led 17-8 at one point and then used a six-point run to get up 23-9 before winning by 13.

In the fourth set, it was close early but the Blugolds again never trailed and went on to win 25-19.

For the 11th straight match, Kelly Schuh (Sr.-Appleton, Wis./Hortonville) led the Blugolds in kills with 15 while three others reached double figures to help the Blugolds to a team total of 62. Eau Claire outhit Superior .262-.131 and the Yellowjackets finished with 47 kills.

Lauren Sutherland (Sr.-Dayton, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian) led the match with 35 digs and Jenna Smits (So.-Green Bay, Wis./Preble) had a team-high 29 set assists while Maggie Holcombe (Fr.-Shakopee, Minn.) finished with 21.

As a team, the Blugolds came away with 12 blocks to just four for the Yellowjackets.

Eau Claire is now 8-6 overall and 1-0 in conference play while the Yellowjackets fall to 10-4 on the season and 0-2 in the WIAC.

The Blugolds will be home again next Wednesday to face UW-River Falls. Action will get underway at 7 p.m. and it will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night.

-KM-