Volleyball’s quick start leads to win

Dakota Zanin, Sports Writer

The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team defeated UW-River Falls three sets to none after the Titans hosted the Falcons last Saturday.

Senior Samantha Jaeke led the Titans with 14 kills while sophomore Kendall Enyart and freshman Kate Nottoli reached career highs in kills during the sweep with 10 and eight, respectively.

Titans head coach Jonathan Ellmann said the quick start by the team helped contribute to the win.

“We played pretty clean, aggressive ball from midway through the first through the end of the second,” Ellmann said. “We did just enough to squeak out of the third. It was nice to see high level execution when we needed it.’

Senior Rachel Gardner led the Titans with 19 digs and junior Shelby Coron added a match-best four blocks during the victory.

The Titans (14-5) remain undefeated in conference play (3-0) and remain tied with UW-Whitewater for first place in the conference after the win over UW-River Falls.

Ellmann said he is not going to get complacent because of the team’s current success.

“Don’t get us wrong, we love winning as much as the next team, but we know there is a lot of season ahead of us,” Ellmann said. “We can’t even think about being happy with where we are currently at. Being disciplined with our approach will give us the best chance of accomplishing the goals we have set for ourselves.”

This victory continues the Falcons’ losing streak against UWO, having last won on Oct. 27, 2012 three sets to one.

Ellmann said that in order for the team to continue their high level of play, they need to play within their borders rather than focus on other factors.

“This team has kept the focus on things we can control,” Ellmann said. “We are simply striving to be even better.”

UWO continued conference play on Wednesday night traveling to UW-Stevens Point, looking to continue their undefeated conference streak.

The result of the Titans’ away contest at UW-Stevens Point can be found online at uwoshkoshtitans.com.