Oct. 24, 2009

*Courtesy of UW-Whitewater Athletics

The UW-Whitewater women's volleyball team, ranked eighth in the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, handed top ranked UW-Oshkosh their first loss of the season Friday night in a 3-1 victory (25-18, 28-26, 21-25, 28-26) for their second win of the day in the UW-Whitewater Invitational. The win ups UW-W's record to 23-5 overall as Oshkosh drops to 29-1 on the season.

UW-W jumped out to a quick lead 6-4 and slowly widened the gap throughout the first set. A Titan timeout with the 'Hawks up 21-17 didn't phase Whitewater as they scored four out of five points out of the timeout to take the set 25-18.

The second set was a different story as UW-W found themselves trailing 13-17, the most for the entire match, when head coach Stacy Boudreau called their second timeout to stop Oshkosh's momentum. The move proved successful as Whitewater fought to within one forcing a Titan timeout. The rest of the set went back-and-forth but after five ties the Warhawks prevailed winning set two 28-26.

Oshkosh came out to settle the score in set three. Whitewater trailed 16-19 at one point and battled back to tie it up 20-20. The Titans went on to score five of the next six points to take the third set 25-21.

After the tough loss in set three, Oshkosh used their momentum to jump out to a 4-1 lead. The Warhawks refused to give up and fought hard to come back and tie up the score 5-5. A back-and-forth battle ensued with the score being tied ten times before Whitewater forced a Titan timeout leading 21-20. Three more ties showed that neither team was willing to give in but a service error followed by a big kill by Warhawk hitter Keri Klotzbuecher gave Whitewater the set win 28-26 and the match 3-1.

Four UW-W hitters recorded double-digit kills including Caitlin Hogan who led with 14, Sofia Sanchez added 11, Klotzbuecher and Melissa Zuleger pitched in 10 apiece. Zuleger and Hogan teamed up at the net defensively with seven of the team's 14 assist blocks. Alyssa Bauer and Klotzbuecher frustrated the Titan hitters digging up 23 and 21 attack attempts respectively. Alyse Karls added 11 more digs and recorded 40 assists in the match.

Overall the team hit .214 with 61 kills and was stellar defensively with 76 digs and 11 total blocks (four solo.)

The Warhawks will continue play in the UW-Whitewater invitational Saturday with matches scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. against Central College and Coe College.