Warriors Sweep Rams, Vikings In Platteville Invite Opener

Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's volleyball team earned a pair of 3-0 sweeps over non-conference opponents Cornell and Bethany Lutheran Friday at the UW-Platteville Invitational inside the Williams Fieldhouse. The Warriors picked up their second and third wins of the season, all coming via a sweep.

  • Final Scores: Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Cornell 0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-21); Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Bethany Lutheran 0 (27-25, 25-16, 25-19)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-6), Cornell (5-4), Bethany Lutheran (3-7)
  • Location: Williams Fieldhouse, Platteville, Wis.

  • The opening set between the Warriors and Rams featured nine ties and five lead changes.
  • WLC led 14-10 before Cornell rattled off six straight points to take the lead by two. Wisconsin Lutheran ended the first set by scoring six of the final eight points for a thrilling 28-26 win.
  • WLC faced its only deficit at 4-3 early in the second set before scoring five straight points. Wisconsin Lutheran held a pair of five-point leads before Cornell knotted the score up twice at 19-19 and 20-20. The Warriors finished the set on a 5-2 run to win 25-22.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran faced an early 3-1 deficit but took the lead at 11-10 after three straight points and never trailed after. The Green and White won set three and the match 25-21.
  • The Warriors jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over the Vikings in the first set and later led by as many as six points at 16-10. BLC fought back and took a 21-20 lead and led 24-22 before WLC fought off set point and came away with a 27-25 win.
  • WLC jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but later found itself trailing by just one at 11-10. Wisconsin Lutheran went on an 8-1 scoring run to grab an 18-11 lead and won the set going away 25-16. The Warriors hit a match-best .343 in the set after amassing 14 kills and just two errors.
  • The Green and White bounced back from an early deficit and led 12-8 before increasing their lead to as many as seven points later in the match. The Warriors secured the sweep with a 25-19 win in the third set.

  • Abby Raasch (Stillwater, Minn.) tied a match high with 10 kills. Emily Sarles (Lombard, Ill.) and Cassidy Johnson (Germantown, Wis.) tallied 17 and 11 assists, respectively. Ally Goba (Mukwonago, Wis.) and Mercedes Pye (Zion, Ill.) collected 16 and 10 digs each. Alyssa Charron (Appleton, Wis.) added four blocks assists.
  • The Warriors hit .222 on 42 kills and 16 errors, while the Rams were held to .070 on 32 kills and 24 errors.
  • Mercedes Pye totaled 14 kills and 10 digs for a double-double to lead the Warriors against the Vikings. Sarles collected 18 assists, while Goba led the team with 16 digs defensively. Goba also added three service aces.

  • Allison Eikenberry also tied for a match-high 10 kills to lead the Rams. Danielle Amonica accounted for all but one of her team's 31 assists, and Sydney Meeker collected 13 digs.
  • Brittany Sanders collected 11 assists for the Vikings, who did not have a player reach double-digit kills. Veeva Lee added 17 digs in the back row.

  • The Warriors play two more matches in Platteville tomorrow against Olivet (7-0) and Augustana (3-6) at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for both matches at WLCSports.com.