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Nov. 10, 2005

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team overcame a 9-7 deficit in the fifth and deciding game to edge Carthage College (Wis.), 3-2, in an opening round contest of the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional held Thursday (Nov. 10) in Oshkosh, Wis.

UW-Oshkosh improved its record to 36-4 on the season by ousting Carthage College in game scores of 27-30, 30-19, 30-22, 25-30, 15-13. The victory advances the third-seeded Titans to the regional semifinal, where they'll meet second-seed UW-Eau Claire (29-4) at 7 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 11) in Oshkosh.

Carthage College, which also lost a 3-2 decision to UW-Oshkosh in the 1990 NCAA Division III Championship, ends the season with a 30-7 record. The Lady Reds were seeded sixth in the Midwest Regional.

In game one, Carthage College jumped out to a 9-4 lead and still led by five, 12-7, before the Titans tied the game, 14-14. Carthage College led by no more than three points before UW-Oshkosh tied things up at 24-24. The Lady Reds ran off four straight points to take a 28-24 lead. Trailing by four, 29-25, the Titans closed to within two, 29-27, before Carthage College closed things out at 30-27. Carthage College held a 22-15 advantage in kills in the game.

In game two, UW-Oshkosh opened up a 7-2 lead. Carthage College tied the game, 9-9, before the Titans opened up an eight-point lead, 19-11 Leading by four, 23-19, the Titans ran off seven-straight points to win game two, 30-19. UW-Oshkosh had five service aces in the game.

Game three started out as tight, with neither team leading by more than two points until UW-Oshkosh took a five-point lead, 18-13. The Titans extended their margin to seven, 24-17, and Carthage College got no closer than five, 25-20, as the Titans went on to win by eight points, 30-22. UW-Oshkosh had a 18-12 advantage in kills in the game.

In game four, the Lady Reds jumped out to a 13-6 lead. UW-Oshkosh closed to within four, 14-10, before Carthage College went back up by seven, 19-12. The Titans went on 6-2 run to make it a three-point contest, 21-18. Carthage College had another three-point lead, 22-19, before using a 6-3 run to go back up by seven, 28-21, en route to a 30-25 decision. UW-Oshkosh held a 16-14 advantage in kills in the game, but was outhit .458 to .222.

In game five, Carthage College led most of the way, albeit by a narrow margin. The Titans tied the game, 9-9, took their first lead, 10-9, and then went on a late spurt to take a three-point lead, 13-10. The Lady Reds cut the lead to two, 13-11. UW-Oshkosh went back up by three, 14-11. Carthage College made it a one-point game, 14-13, before the Titans won it, 15-13. UW-Oshkosh outhit Carthage College by a .471 to .250 count in the game.

UW-Oshkosh was led by Katie Beining, Ashley Fischer and Leah Rosenbaum. Beining totaled 18 kills, 11 digs and three service aces, while Fischer compiled 56 assists, 15 digs and six blocks. Rosenbaum tabulated 20 kills and six blocks. The Titans also received 12 kills and three blocks from Kim Vail and 12 digs and 11 kills from Megan Galonski.

The Lady Reds were led by Emily Cahoon who had 43 assists and 15 digs. Kelly Bauer had 19 kills and four service aces, Becky Handley 26 digs and Lauren Eggert 12 kills and 25 digs. Tiffany Thorsell and Jenny Lachman each had five blocks.

Both teams totaled 70 kills and 66 assists in the evenly played match. UW-Oshkosh pulled out the win by hitting .283, compared to .237 for Carthage College. The Lady Reds held advantages of 86-73 in digs and 12-10 in service aces.

-- Courtesy Wisconsin-Oshkosh