By: Jake Krier, UWEC Sports Information
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The women's volleyball team for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire concluded their time at the CCIW/WIAC Crossover Tournament Saturday afternoon.
After a pair of four-set victories the night prior, UW-Eau Claire extended their winning streak to eight with a win over North Park University before being topped by No. 23-ranked Elmhurst College. Both matches were decided in straight sets.
The Blugolds defeated the Vikings of North Park University with scores of 25-22, 25-18, and 25-16.
Hope Foss (So.-Cameron, WI) received the call for the majority of the setting duties against North Park, and her 19 assists were a team high. Benefitting from a number of those was Heather Sawchuk (Jr.-Roseville, MN/Cretin-Derham Hall), who accumulated 11 kills in the match.
In the tournament's final match, the Blugolds faced their third ranked opponent of the week. Despite Eau Claire being previously victorious over UW-La Crosse and Illinois Wesleyan, the Elmhurst College Bluejays got the best of the Blugolds, winning 25-22, 25-20, and 25-17.
Heather Sawchuk's nine kills led the team, with Katrina Raskie's (Sr.-Weston, WI/D.C. Everest) seven and Emily Miller's six right behind in the put-away column. Raskie and Talia Jaskulske (Jr.-Maplewood, MN/North St. Paul) each tallied 12 digs against the Bluejays, whose attack avoided a single block from the Blugolds.
"This was arguably one of the toughest weeks on our schedule, and I'm happy to come out 4-1 and especially 1-0 in conference," said Head Coach Kim Wudi. "We like to say that we either win or we learn, and we did both this week."
UW-Eau Claire wraps up the month of September this Wednesday night, hoping to improve upon that unbeaten conference record when they travel to UW-River Falls.
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