Warriors Ground Eagles For First Time Since 2011

Photo Credit: Len Cederholm
Photo Credit: Len Cederholm

MADISON, Wis. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's volleyball team held off host Edgewood for a thrilling five-set win Tuesday night inside the Todd Wehr Edgedome. It was the Warriors' eighth straight win and their first over the Eagles since 2011.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Edgewood 2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-27, 15-8)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (13-5, 4-0 NACC), Edgewood (7-12, 4-3 NACC)
  • Location: Todd Wehr Edgedome, Madison, Wis.

  • The Warriors jumped out to a 6-2 advantage early in the first set and held the lead until the Eagles jumped ahead for the first time at 13-12. Trailing 16-15, Edgewood rattled off five straight points for its largest lead of the set only to see WLC counter with five straight of its own for a 21-20 lead.
  • With the score knotted at 23-23, Wisconsin Lutheran scored the final two opening set points thanks to a block from Grace Tomhave (Lake Mills, Wis.) and Abby Raasch (Stillwater, Minn.) and an Eagles attack error.
  • WLC started strong again in the second set with a 4-0 lead and built a lead of as many as six points at 12-6. Trailing 16-11, the Eagles went on a 9-1 scoring run for a 20-17 lead and went onto even the match with a 25-20 win.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran yet again raced out to a 6-1 lead to start set three and held a 12-7 lead before EC crept back to tie the set at 14-14.
  • The Eagles tied the contest again at 18-18, but never took the lead as the Warriors pulled ahead for the 25-21 third set victory.
  • The fourth set featured nine ties through a 10-10 score until the Warriors scored three in a row and later led by five at 16-11 and 20-15.
  • Edgewood battled back to tie the score again at 21-21 and went ahead 24-22 before three straight from WLC. The hosts then scored three straight to take the fourth set, 27-25.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran never trailed in the decisive set despite the Eagles tying the score twice early. WLC pulled away from a 4-4 tie with an 8-1 scoring run for a commanding 12-5 lead. The Warriors won the final set, 15-8.

  • Mercedes Pye (Zion, Ill.) paced four players with double-digit kills with 15, while adding 17 digs. Britley Grulke (Hustisford, Wis.) contributed 12 kills and 22 digs, with Raasch and Tomhave totaling 10 kills apiece.
  • Cassidy Johnson (Germantown, Wis.) passed out a match-high 38 assists. Dayton Pye (Zion, Ill.) and Melissa Ericson (Lisle, Ill.) collected 23 and 13 digs, respectively. Tomhave and Alyssa Charron (Appleton, Wis.) recorded five blocks each.
  • The eighth straight win matches the Warriors' longest winning streak since 2011, also the last time the Green and White defeated Edgewood. It was WLC's first win in Madison since its 2008 campaign.

  • Erika Van Engen led the Eagles with 12 kills, Alex Zapuchlak dished out 24 assists, and Sarah Uczen had 26 digs.

  • Wisconsin Lutheran returns home to the Recreation Complex this weekend for a pair of NACC matches, beginning Friday with a 7:00 p.m. matchup against Benedictine (10-7, 2-2 NACC). The match also marks WELS Night and the start of the Dig Pink initiative.