UW-Whitewater, Beloit advance to conference volleyball finals

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Gazette Staff
November 7, 2009

UW-Whitewater’s women’s volleyball team is back in a familiar spot—the championship match of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The seventh-ranked Warhawks made quick work of UW-Platteville on Friday at Oshkosh en route to the 3-0 semifinal win. Whitewater won by scores of 25-12, 25-15 and 25-12 to advance to today’s title match at 2:30 p.m. against UW-Eau Claire (30-6), also at Oshkosh. The Blugolds upset top-ranked Oshkosh (35-2) in five games.

The winner of the WIAC Tournament receives the league’s automatic berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championship tournament.

Whitewater’s Keri Klotzbuecher had 10 kills and 16 digs, both match highs. The Warhawks’ Caitlin Hogan and Katy Krajnak had seven and six assisted blocks, respectively, and Melissa Zuleger had one solo and four assisted. Krajnak hit .444 and Klotzbuecher .391.

WIAC Tournament

At UW-Oshkosh


UW-Platteville 12 15 12

UW-Whitewater 25 25 25

Leaders: Aces—Ali Sikic (P) 2, Alyse Karls (W) 2. Kills—Briana Kaiser (P) 8, Keri Klotzbuecher (W) 10. Digs—Abby Carey (P) 8, Klotzbuecher (W) 16. Assists—Sikic (P) 22, Karls (W) 28.

n Beloit 3, Grinnell 0—The Bucs advanced to the Midwest Conference Tournament title match by sweeping past the Pioneers on Friday.

Beloit (25-5) will play defending champion St. Norbert (23-9) in today’s title match at 1 p.m.

Mary Parker led the Bucs to victory with 14 digs and eight kills. Setter Caitlin O’Leary added 22 assists.

The winner of today’s match gets an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament. Beloit last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2006.

Midwest Conference Tournament

At St. Norbert College


Grinnell College 18 14 17

Beloit College 25 25 25

Leaders: Aces—Elizabeth Davis (G) 2, Mary Parker (B) 3. Kills—Claire Reeder (G) 12, Mary Parker (B) 8. Digs—Caroline Beach (G) 12, Parker (B) 14. Assists—Olivia Wilks (G) 25, Caitlin O’Leary (B) 22.

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