UW-Whitewater softball continues to roll under Volk

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Tom Miller
Thursday, May 4, 2017

If the UW-Whitewater softball team wins the WIAC Tournament again, conference officials might consider naming the championship hardware after Warhawk coach Brenda Volk.

The Warhawks rumbled through the regular season with a 33-7 overall record and the WIAC season with a perfect 14-0 mark.

Volk's squad moved up to ninth in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25, which is the squad's highest ranking this season.

The WIAC title was the 11th in program history and third in the past four regular seasons.

The WIAC Tournament begins Friday, and the Warhawks have dominated the event, winning the past four straight titles.

UW-Whitewater will be the host to this year's conference get-together at the van Steenderen Softball Complex starting Friday and running through Sunday.

The Warhawks open the tournament at 2 p.m. Friday against the winner of the 10 a.m. game pitting No. 4-seeded Eau Claire against No. 5-seeded Stout.

Mallory Klotz (.458, 13 doubles, six HRs and 28 RBI) and Haley Morelli (.454, 12 HR, 44 RBI) lead the Warhawks' offense. Bella Matthias (15-3, 1.19 ERA) and Julia Camardo (10-2, 3.28) are the top starting pitchers.

The winner of the five-team event will receive the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship.

Evansville's Greenleaf makes second team MWC

Evansville High graduate Brielle Greenleaf concluded her sophomore season on the Illinois College basketball team.

Greenleaf earned second-team All-Midwest Conference honors after she led the Lady Blues in scoring, 3-point shooting percentage, steals and minutes played.

Greenleaf averaged 15.8 points a game, which ranked second in the Midwest Conference. She also ranked second in the MWC in minutes played (32.8) and was fifth in steals (2.1 per game).

Greenleaf shot 42.2 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from 3-point range and 73.5 percent from the line.

Through two seasons at IC, Greenleaf has more than 500 points and already ranks ninth in school history with 68 3-pointers. Her 49 3-pointers this season ranks sixth in single-season records.

Knudsen shines at Carthage

Milton High graduate CheyAnn Knudsen capped her successful season on the Carthage College golf team by leading the Lady Reds in the season-finale spring invitational last week.

Knudsen shot a 10-over 82 to lead Carthage at the Kenosha Country Club. It was the fourth time this season that Knudsen led the team.

She participated in all 21 rounds, highlighted by a third-place finish in the CCIW Championship, which earned her a spot on the All-CCIW team.

Knudsen had a low round of 72, and her season-low two-round total of 151 at the Carthage Florida Invitational earned her the tournament title.

Her 80.05 average was the best on the team.

Reunion time

Five local and area graduates got together during the UW-Whitewater Spring Fling women's golf tournament held April 22-23 at the Beloit Country Club.

Knudsen led Carthage with an 81-91—172, which was good for a tie for 16th in the individual standings.

Milton High graduate Laura Stair, a senior at UW-Oshkosh, finished her career by tying for ninth place with an 82-87—169.

Stair's teammate, junior Micayla Richards, finished tied for 28th with a 92-85—179. Richards is a Janesville Parker High graduate.

Another Milton High graduate, Stephanie Stair, a senior on the UW-Whitewater squad, shot a 92-93—185, which was good for a tie for 39th.

Milton High graduate Maddie McCue, a sophomore at UW-Whitewater, rounded out the area group with a 96-96—192, which was good for a tie for 44th.

Tom Miller is a sports writer/page designer for The Gazette.

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