Gardner shines in win against Platteville

Dakota Zanin, Sports Writer

The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team defeated conference rival UW-Platteville Sept. 25 three sets to none as last week’s WIAC defensive player of the week, senior Rachel Gardner, recorded 21 digs.

In the sweep, freshman Rachel Aasby and sophomore Kendall Enyart tied for the team lead with eight kills each, and junior Rebecca Doughty added 14 assists.

On Friday, UWO traveled to the University of Dubuque to take on the Spartans in a tightly contested game as the Spartans held on three sets to two to seal the win.

Despite the loss, senior Samantha Jaeke scored a career-high 19 kills and Gardner bested her previous personal career-high dig total of 33 in 2017 with 38 during the contest.

Gardner’s 38 digs are also the sixth-highest in team history, with the last Titan to record a higher total being Mandy Trautmann, who holds the highest total in team history with 47 in a 2015 loss to UW-Stevens Point.

The Titans rebounded on Saturday, but not before dropping their first game against Loras College (Iowa) three sets to one. UWO went on to defeat Carroll University later in the day three sets to one, including outscoring Carroll 25-11 in the deciding fourth set.

Freshman Carissa Sundholm posted consecutive double-doubles in the Saturday contests, recording 11 kills and 10 digs against Loras followed by 13 kills and 17 digs against Carroll.

Sophomore Emma Kiekhofer also posted her fourth career double-double against Carroll University with 24 assists and 10 digs. Kiekhofer led the Titans with 45 total assists.

Gardner topped all other Titans on Saturday with 41 digs and Jaeke led the team with 18 and 10 kills respectively.
The 13-5 Titans will aim to make a statement in conference play this season as they host the 12-9 UW-River Falls Falcons on Saturday.