Women's Volleyball Rolls To Ninth Straight Win

Photo Credit: Len Cederholm
Photo Credit: Len Cederholm

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's volleyball team defeated the visiting Benedictine Eagles 3-1 Friday night inside the Recreation Complex, marking the ninth straught victory. With the win, the Warriors tied the program's longest winning streak since 2010 and moved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the mid-1990's.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Benedictine 1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (14-5, 5-0 NACC), Benedictine (10-8, 2-3 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Warriors opened the first set with an 8-3 run, forcing BenU into a timeout, then WLC pushed its lead to 15-8, forcing the Eagles to take their second timeout of the set.
  • Benedictine responded after the timeout and cut the hosts' lead to 19-15, forcing the Warriors to take a timeout of their own, but the Warriors were able to close out the first set 25-20.
  • The Eagles opened the second set by taking a 7-2 lead, forcing the Warriors to call timeout and regroup.
  • Benedictine increased its lead to 18-7, but WLC was able to cut the visitors' lead to 20-12.
  • The Warriors then cut the BenU lead to 22-17, causing the visitors to take a timeout, but the Eagles were able to close out set two, 25-22.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran opened the third set with an 8-4 run, then held a 20-11 lead before the Eagles were forced to take a timeout. WLC closed out the third set, 25-17.
  • Both teams battled in the fourth set, with Benedictine holding a 10-7 lead, but WLC responded with three straight points to tie the set at 10-10, forcing BenU into a timeout.
  • The game was tied again at 16-16, but the visitors took a 19-17 lead, causing the hosts to take a timeout of their own to halt the BenU momentum.
  • After the timeout, the Warriors were able to tie the contest at 21-21, which forced the visitors into a timeout.
  • A block from Grace Tomhave (Lake Mills, Wis.) gave the Warriors a 23-22 advantage, then Britley Grulke (Hustisford, Wis.) followed with a kill, putting WLC ahead 24-22.
  • After a lengthy point, WLC forced the visitors into a ball handling error, taking the 25-22 set victory and the match, 3-1.

  • Grulke led WLC with a double-double of 15 kills and 18 digs, both team highs.
  • Tomhave and Alyssa Charron (Appleton, Wis.) added 13 and 12 kills, respectively.
  • Dayton Pye (Zion, Ill.) added 16 digs while Cassidy Johnson (Germantown, Wis.) registered a double-double of 41 assists and 11 digs.
  • WLC hit .247 in the contest, including a match-high .314 in the fourth set.
  • The Warriors have won the last two meetings over the Eagles after losing 15 in a row.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran's nine-match winning streak ties its longest since the 2010 season.

  • Taylor Dunwell paced BenU with 15 kills and 14 digs, while Alyssa O'Boyle dished out 41 assists.
  • Haley Primas tallied 18 digs for the visitors.
  • The Eagles hit just .102 in the match, marking the ninth straight match that WLC has held its opponent under .150 hitting.

  • The Warriors return to action tomorrow afternoon when they host Aurora for Camp Day and Dig Pink Day. The Spartans (11-5, 5-0 NACC) defeated Alverno 3-0 Friday evening. First serve is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.