Warhawks earn tourney bids in volleyball, soccer
WHITEWATER UW-Whitewater’s reign in NCAA Division III women’s volleyball continues.
The Warhawks have received the school’s 19th straight postseason berth after tying for third place in the WIAC regular season and finishing third in the conference tournament.
Whitewater (28-8) will join WIAC rivals UW-Platteville (31-3) and UW-Oshkosh (24-13) in the Carthage Regional, which also includes Midwest Conference tournament champion Beloit College (19-11).
Platteville received the WIAC’s automatic NCAA berth by defeating UW-Eau Claire for the conference tournament championship. Eau Claire joined Whitewater and Oshkosh in receiving at-large berths, and the Blugolds will be play in the St. Thomas Regional at St. Paul, Minn.
Whitewater, No. 14 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, plays Wartburg College (23-15) of Waverly, Iowa, in a first-round match Friday at Kenosha. The other first-round matches in the Carthage Regional have Beloit vs. Washington University (31-3) of St. Louis, Platteville vs. Dominican University (26-9) of Illinois, and Oshkosh vs. Carthage (30-7).
The Whitewater/Wartburg winner faces Beloit or Washington University in the semifinals. The Platteville/Dominican winner draws Oshkosh or Carthage.
The double-elimination tournament runs through Sunday. The winner joins seven other regional champions in the Nov. 19-21 national tournament at Washington University.
Whitewater, which is making its 23rd NCAA appearance overall, won the national championship in 2002 and 2005. The Warhawks were runners-up in 2000, 2001 and 2007.
This will be Whitewater’s second meeting with Wartburg this season. The Warhawks defeated the Knights, 3-1, in the Simpson Invitational at Indianola, Iowa, in October.
Whitewater lost to Carthage, 3-2, in September and lost to Platteville, 3-1, and Oshkosh, 30-2, during the WIAC regular season. The Warhawks defeated Oshkosh, 3-0, Saturday in the conference’s tournament’s third-place match.
Eau Claire and Oshkosh shared the WIAC regular-season title with 7-1 records, while Platteville and Whitewater tied at 6-2. With all four receiving NCAA bids, it marks the second straight year the conference has earned that distinction.
Beloit defeated St. Norbert, 3-0 in the Midwest Conference title match to earn its second NCAA berth and first since 2006. The Buccaneers were edged out of the conference tournament championship and an automatic NCAA bid by St. Norbert the last two years.
UW-W to host soccer regional
UW-Whitewater’s men’s soccer team, co-champion of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is headed to the NCAA Division III tournament and early action on its home field.
Whitewater received a postseason berth Monday and will host first- and second-round games at Bob Fiskum Field. The Warhawks (12-2-3) face Macalester College (14-4) of Minnesota at 5 p.m. Saturday, and Augsburg (15-4-1) plays St. Scholastica (17-3-2) at 7:30.
The winners meet at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The other half of the regional will be hosted by Hope College in Holland, Mich. In addition to Hope (13-5-2), the field includes UW-Oshkosh (16-0-3), Carroll University (12-6-1) and North Park (12-4-2), Ill.
Whitewater is making its ninth NCAA appearance and first since 2007. The Warhawks enter the postseason with a shot a school record for fewest goals allowed. They have 10 shutouts this season and .059 percentage on goals allowed per game.