Twelfth-ranked UW-Whitewater tops No. 11 Elmhurst in five-set match
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- UW-W defeated Elmhurst 3-2 as the Warhawks combined a spectacular defensive effort with stellar offense to upset Elmhurst in their last match of the Asics National Invite. UW-W totaled 70 kills and made their mark in the top-10 in school history with 114 digs in the five-set match.
At the net three Warhawks posted double figure kills. Leanna Lillge led the offensive onslaught with 17 kills combining her 16 digs on the defensive side of the ball for a double double. Jessica Sabey pounded down 16 and Brittney Langley added 15 more. Five Warhawks had double digit dig numbers; Kelsey Nobilio leading the way with 31. Jaclyn Krizka and Chelsea Mutton added 28 and 12 respectively and Kim Frei recorded 18 digs.
The first two sets followed suit with the pattern established Friday, close sets decided by just a few points. The back-to-back 26-24 set wins gave the Warhawks a rising level of momentum going into the third set. UW-W cruised to a 25-18 third set win to take the match.
Heidi Buss dished out 41 of the team's 44 assists in the match. Defensively, Kelsey Nobilio recorded 18 digs. Jaclyn Krizka and Lillge joined the double figure dig club with 14 and 13, respectively.
Alivia Holman, in her first game back since an injury that sidelined her toward the end of last season, led the Warhawks offensively with 16 kills and just four errors in 27 attempts for a .444 attack percentage. Jaclyn Krizka and Chelsea Mutton added 16 and 11 respectively to the team's dig total.