St. Thomas ends Warhawks' volleyball season
In the opening round of NCAA Division III Oshkosh Regional, the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) swept past the Warhawks, 3-0. The 14th-ranked Tommies won by scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 25-17.
St. Thomas (25-7) plays Luther College (Iowa) in today's semifinal match, while seventh-ranked Whitewater finished the season at 31-7.
Whitewater had qualified for the NCAA tournament 22 times, including national championships in 2002 and 2005, but Thursday's loss was the first time the Warhawks had been ousted in round one since 2004.
St. Thomas took early leads in all three games en route to the upset. The Tommies had leads of 19-6 in game one, 16-11 in game two and 15-8 in game three. The closest Whitewater came to winning was in game two where the Warhawks cut the lead to 23-20.
Alyse Karls played well in defeat for Whitewater. The setter had a match-high 31 assists and added eight digs.
Whitewater's Alyssa Bauer had a match-high 24 digs. Bauer ended the season with 707 digs which broke the school record of 686, held by Stephanie Everett (1997) and Angie Wildish (2002).
Whitewater hurt its cause with 19 attack errors and six service errors.
Division III Regional Tournament
ST. THOMAS (Minn.) 3, WHITEWATER 0
University of St. Thomas 25 25 25
UW-Whitewater 19 23 17
Leaders: Aces—Katie Bonine (ST) 3, Cailtin Hogan (W) 1. Kills—Bonine (ST) 9, Kyley Crotty (ST) 9, Hogan (W) 12. Digs—Kaitlin Wachter (ST) 15, Alyse Karls (W) 8. Assists—Emily Foster (ST) 30, Karls (W) 31.