Madelyn Pashibin had a match-high 11 kills and Makenzie Bachmann 10 as nationally ranked UW-Eau Claire defeated the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team, 3-0, on Friday (Sept. 28) in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Eau Claire (14-1, 3-0 WIAC), ranked 17th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, won the match in set scores of 25-18, 25-13, 25-18. The Blugolds extended their winning streak to nine straight contests.
UW-Oshkosh (9-9, 0-3 WIAC), playing its second nationally ranked conference rival in the span of three days, fell to the Blugolds for the second time in the past five meetings.
UW-Eau Claire finished Friday's contest with advantages in kills (39-30), hitting percentage (.288 to .090), assists (32-29), service aces (6-2), digs (50-45) and blocks (5-0). UW-Eau Claire went into the week third in the country with 13.23 assists per set and fifth nationally with 13.88 kills per set, and UW-Oshkosh was among the top 15 teams with 120 blocks.
Madison Surprise had 29 assists while directing the UW-Eau Claire offense. The Blugolds' Taylor Scalia led all players with 17 digs.
UW-Oshkosh scored three of the first four points of the match before UW-Eau Claire claimed a 6-3 first-set advantage it would not relinquish. The Titans cut their deficit to 9-8 on a kill from Allen, but the Blugolds put the set away with six unanswered points, including two on kills by Krista Meyer, for a 15-8 lead. A Samantha Jaeke kill pulled the Titans within 19-16, but UW-Eau Claire notched five of the final seven points, including bak-to-back kills from Pashibin to cap the set.
The Blugolds raced out to a 12-1 lead in the second set behind the serve of Arianna Barrett, who finished the match with four kills and 11 digs. The set-opening scoring run included a pair of kills from Bachmann and a double-block by Bachmann and Abby Volk as UW-Eau Claire did not commit an attack error and hit .367 during the frame.
UW-Oshkosh responded with the first four points of the third set on a Lemke kill and three UW-Eau Claire errors, but the Blugolds reclaimed the lead for good at 6-5 following a kill from Barrett. Leading just 13-12 after a service ace from UW-Oshkosh's Becky Brezen and a Blugold attack error, UW-Eau Claire rattled off five straight points for an 18-12 advantage and led by at least five the rest of the way.
UW-Oshkosh, which suffered a 3-0 setback at 25th-ranked UW-Whitewater on Wednesday (Sept. 26), continues a stretch of three consecutive matches against nationally ranked teams next Friday (Oct. 5) at eighth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.).