Volleyball goes 1-2 in St. Louis


Lydia Sanchez

Senior Tina Elstner powers through a ball against UW-Stevens Point as senior Carly Lemke looks on.

Neal Hogden, Managing Editor

The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team went 1-3 over the past week with their win coming against Augustana College (Ill.) as part of the WashU Invitational.

The Titans dropped a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match against UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday, 3-0.

The loss drops UWO to 0-4 in the WIAC, tied for sixth in the conference. They sit at 10-12 overall.

The team took a trip to St. Louis over the weekend, where they went 1-2 at the WashU Invitational.

The first game of the weekend pitted UWO against the Washington University Bears. The Titans lost the game three sets to none. The first set saw the Bears jump into the lead early as they jumped out to a 15-7 advantage. WashU went on to win the set 25-14.

After the Titans held a 26-25 advantage, Washington University went on a 3-0 run to win the game. UWO held the advantage for most of the set, but they ultimately dropped the set 28-26.
The third set was close throughout, but the Titans couldn’t rebound from the heartbreaking loss in the second set.

The Titans then faced Augustana College and picked up their only victory on the weekend, beating the Vikings 3-0.

Freshman Taylor Allen led the Titans with eight kills. Fellow freshman Emma Kiekhofer led the team with 26 assists during the game.

Junior libero Rachel Gardner led the team with 17 digs during the game and added 18 more throughout the weekend.

In the second set, Augustana led 24-22, and the Titans rattled off four straight points to win the set 26-24. In similar fashion, the Titans took the third set by scoring three straight points to overcome a late 23-22 deficit.

In the final game of the weekend, the Titans played close sets with Colorado College, but they ultimately lost to the Tigers 3-0.

Two out of the three sets were tight as UWO lost to Colorado College 25-23 in both the first and third sets.

Gardner said the weekend didn’t go how they wanted it to, but valuable lessons were obtained by the team during the trip.

“Over the weekend in St. Louis, playing against two top-15 teams in the country, we tried to focus on having nothing to lose and just playing Oshkosh volleyball,” Gardner said. “We didn’t prevail like we had hoped. However, our team chemistry and court appearance improved a lot, which is super valuable heading into the closing half of the season.”

The Titans will go on to play at UW-River Falls on Oct. 12 and play two games at the University of Northwestern (Minn.) against the host team as well as Saint Mary’s University (Minn.) on Oct. 13.