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Warhawks women's volleyball on a roll

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Gazette staff
November 10, 2009

After winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament at Oshkosh last weekend, the UW-Whitewater womenís volleyball team is going back for more.


The Warhawks (31-6) received the WIACís automatic NCAA Division III tournament bid, and they begin regional play at 12:30 p.m. Thursday against St. Thomas (24-7) of St. Paul, Minn., at Oshkosh.


The 62-team NCAA field also includes UW-Oshkosh


(35-2), UW-Eau Claire (30-7) and UW-Platteville (22-14) of the WIAC. Oshkosh won the WIAC regular-season championship, and Eau Claire was the runner-up to Whitewater in the conference tournament.


Eau Claire and Oshkosh also are in the eight-team Oshkosh Regional. The Blugolds play St. Olaf (27-4) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and the host Titans go against Midwest Conference champion St. Norbert (24-9) at 8.


St. Benedict (26-5) of St. Joseph. Minn., plays Luther College (25-11) of Decorah, Iowa, at 3 p.m. Thursday at Oshkosh. The winner faces Whitewater or St. Thomas in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.


The regional championship in the single-elimination tournament is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kolf Sports Center on the UW-Oshkosh campus.


UW-Platteville has been assigned to a regional at Washington University in St. Louis and plays Nebraska Wesleyan (17-11) in Thursdayís first round.


Champions of the eight regionals advance to the national quarterfinals, semifinals and finals Nov. 19-21 at University Heights, Ohio.


This is the second straight year the WIAC has had four schools in the 62-team tournament. Whitewater, which won national championships in 2002 and 2005, is making its 21st NCAA appearance. Itís the 14th for Oshkosh, 12th for Eau Claire and sixth for Platteville.


UW-Whitewater receives NCAA menís soccer bid

The UW-Whitewater menís soccer team will join the NCAA Division III postseason action as Pool B selection for the 59-school field.


Pool B spots go to schools from conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic selection.


As a ninth-time NCAA qualifier, Whitewater (11-5-3) faces St. Olaf (13-4-2) of Northfield, Minn., on Thursday at Dominican College in River Forest, Ill. The winner plays Dominican (15-1-3) or Elmhurst (12-3-4) in Fridayís second round.


UW-Stevens Point will represent the WIAC in the womenís NCAA Division III tournament. The Pointers (15-3-1) play St. Thomas (13-5-1) of St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.



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