Warriors' Season Ends In NACC Tournament First Round

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The fifth-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College women's volleyball team saw its 2019 season come to an end Tuesday night, as the Warriors fell to the fourth-seeded Dominican Stars in the first round of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament inside the Igini Sports Forum. WLC was making its third straight appearance in the tournament and eighth overall.

  • Final Score: Dominican 3, Wisconsin Lutheran 1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (17-13), Dominican (23-6)
  • Location: Igini Sports Forum, River Forest, Ill.

  • The Stars raced out to an early 5-0 lead in the opening set and never surrendered the lead as they won 25-22. The Warriors were able to close the gap to just one point at 21-20 but were unable to get over the hump.
  • The second set saw the score knotted at 11-11 before WLC went on an 11-2 run to gain a commanding 22-13 lead, and eventually won the set 25-17. The Green and White hit a match-high .367 in the second set.
  • Both sides found themselves at an even score of 6-6 in the third set, but the Stars found some momentum and pulled away for a 20-12 lead, earning a 25-17 victory in the third set.
  • Neither team held nothing more than a two-point lead for the majority of the fourth set, as the back-and-forth play featured seven lead changes. The Warriors held a 20-19 lead in the set, but the Stars won six of the final seven points for a 25-21 set victory and 3-1 match win.

  • Sophomore Carly Heuer (Germantown, Wis.) finished tied for a match high with 11 kills to lead the Warriors, who hit .137 as a team.
  • Freshman Jenna Charron (Appleton, Wis.), junior Grace Tomhave (Lake Mills, Wis.), and sophomore Mercedes Pye (Zion, Ill.) each added seven kills.
  • Freshman Emily Sarles (Lombard, Ill.) and sophomore Michelle Haling (Antioch, Ill.) recorded 18 and 15 assists apiece.
  • Freshman Ally Goba (Mukwonago, Wis.) paced three players with double-digit digs with 21 and junior Alyssa Charron (Appleton, Wis.) tallied five of the team's 14 block assists.
  • The match was the final for the Warriors' only senior, Melissa Ericson (Lisle, Ill.).

  • Gabija Sinickaite had a team-high 11 kills for the Stars, Anastasia Labadessa added 23 assists, and Sarah Lychock led the team with 25 digs. Dominican hit .212 for the match behind 53 kills.

  • The Warriors finish their 2019 season with a 17-13 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the NACC, their highest conference placing since 2011 and most conference wins since 2005.