UW-Eau Claire 3, Lakeland College 0

Nov. 10, 2005

The second-seeded University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women's volleyball team swept through its first match of the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional by defeating seventh-seed Lakeland College, 3-0, on Thursday (Nov. 10) in Oshkosh, Wis. The Blugolds took the match in game scores of 30-21, 30-19, 30-23.

The Blugolds and the Muskies kept relatively close in the first game. Each team made a couple of small runs, but hung in until the score was 21-20 in favor of UW-Eau Claire. The Blugolds then went on a 9-1 scoring run to capture game one. They hit .175 with 14 kills and seven errors. Lakeland College had a .176 hitting percentage, 12 kills, and six errors.

UW-Eau Claire then ran away with game two. At 9-8, the Blugolds never looked back and led for the rest of the match. The hitting percentage came in at .455 with 18 kills and three errors. Game two saw a .063 game for the Muskies. They also had 10 kills and eight errors.

UW-Eau Claire had a fast start in the last game, going up 12-4. The Blugolds finished strong as well with a 9-3 scoring run to finish off the match. UW-Eau Claire hit .324, had 15 kills, and committed four errors. The Muskies were held to a .049 hitting percentage and 11 kills. They had nine errors.

For UW-Eau Claire, Molly Menard dominated play by having 18 kills. Jodi Dunbar was behind her at 13 kills. Carly Freiborg had the most assists with 41. Shanna Berger led in digs with 10, while Jessie Groh totaled a team-best seven blocks.

For Lakeland, Heather Heberlein led the team with 15 kills. Lana Neuman had 20 of the Muskies 30 assists. Leading the team in digs was Ashley Domask with a total of 16.

The Blugolds had 11 blocks, while the Muskies had six. UW-Eau Claire also had advantages of 47-33 in kills and .308-.093 in hitting percentage.

Lakeland College ended its season with a 23-16 record. The Muskies' loss to the Blugolds concluded their fourth NCAA Division III postseason appearance.

UW-Eau Claire takes a 29-4 record into its regional semifinal against third-seed UW-Oshkosh (36-4). The match will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 11) in Oshkosh.

-- Courtesy Wisconsin-Oshkosh