Warriors Complete Comeback For Seventh NACC Win

Warriors Complete Comeback For Seventh NACC Win

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – With the visiting Concordia Chicago Cougars one set away from victory, the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's volleyball team rallied for two consecutive set wins to improve to 7-1 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference after a thrilling 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon on Homecoming inside the Recreation Complex.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Concordia Chicago 2 (22-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (13-9, 7-1 NACC), Concordia Chicago (9-16, 3-6 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Warriors took an 8-4 lead early in the opening set before a 10-3 run by Concordia Chicago gave the Cougars a three-point advantage. WLC tied the set at 22-22 late, but CUC won the final three points due to two errors and a kill.
  • With the Cougars leading 9-8 in the second set, the Warriors went on a nine-point run, including three consecutive kills by sophomore Carly Heuer (Germantown, Wis.) to give them a 17-9 lead. Concordia Chicago closed the gap to five, but the Warriors closed out the set 25-17 behind a match-best .412 hitting percentage.
  • Neither team gained much of an advantage early in the third set, with the largest differential being just three points. But the Cougars closed the set on a 9-4 run to give them a 2-1 lead heading to set four.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran scored the first two points of the fourth set and used the early momentum to win 25-17. WLC never trailed in the set, and allowed the Cougars to score consecutive points just three times.
  • In the fifth set, the Green and White raced out to a 7-2 lead and forced Concordia Chicago to use a timeout. The Cougars rallied and brought the deficit back to just one, but the Warriors regained control and won 15-12.

  • Heuer, sophomore Mercedes Pye (Zion, Ill.), and junior Grace Tomhave (Lake Mills, Wis.) each finished with double figure kill totals, with Heuer pacing the team with 12. Pye posted a double-double by adding 10 digs.
  • Freshman Emily Sarles (Lombard, Ill.) recorded a season-best 34 assists, the ninth time this season she has reached at least 20 and the first time over 30.
  • Freshman Ally Goba (Mukwonago, Wis.) led the Warriors with 22 digs and also had a match-high five services aces.
  • Sophomore Abby Raasch (Stillwater, Minn.) added to the defensive effort with eight total blocks.
  • WLC, which remained undefeated this season at home, improved to 7-1 in the conference and is one of four one-loss teams in the league.

  • Shannon Stamp paced the Cougars with 14 kills and a .206 hitting percentage. Kelly Gootee recorded 40 assists, while Gootee and Julia Beers each recorded over 20 digs.

  • The Warriors next travel to Lakeland (13-13, 7-1 NACC) on Tuesday for a key conference matchup against the Muskies at 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the contest at WLCSports.com.