By: Jake Krier, UWEC Sports Information
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The conclusion to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire volleyball team's regular season took place Saturday afternoon against UW-Platteville.
On Senior Day, the Blugolds paid honor to Katrina Raskie (Weston, WI/D.C. Everest) and Keagan Kinsella (Chanhassen, MN). As they have throughout their Blugold career, the duo greatly contributed to Saturday's three-set win.
Kinsella had nine kills in the match, while Raskie's 14 put-aways led the team and were among three Blugold hitters to reach double digits. The others notching ten-plus kills were Heather Sawchuk (Jr.-Roseville, MN/Cretin-Derham Hall) with 12 and Madelyn Pashibin (So.-Minneapolis, MN/Minneapolis Southwest) with ten.
UW-Eau Claire amassed impressive hitting percentages of .455 and .433 in sets one and two. They won the first in dominating fashion, taking it 25-13. A tight second set had Eau Claire and Platteville all square at 20 points, but the Blugolds won the race to five to win 25-23.
The final set was more similar to the opening one, as the blue and gold cruised to a 25-16 victory. In the match, Madison Surprise (So.-Appleton, WI/Kimberly) contributed 43 set assists, and Sawchuk, Talia Jaskulske (Jr.-Maplewood, MN/North St. Paul), and Kasey Schumacher (Jr.-Channahon, IL/Minooka Community) all shared the team-lead in digs with eight.
The Blugolds completed their regular season with an overall record of 23-9 and 4-3 in WIAC play. At the time of publication, match-ups for next week's conference tournament still need to be settled, but Eau Claire will be in action Tuesday night in the WIAC Quarterfinals.Follow the action for all sports this season on Blugold Game Day.