Jaeke reaches 1,000 career kills


Allison Russotto

Senior Carissa Sundholm rises up to slam a kill over the net.

Dakota Zanin, Reporter

The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team defeated both Lakeland University and UW-Stout three sets to one last week Wednesday and Friday.

Senior Samantha Jaeke accumulated 37 kills between the two matches, including a career-high 20 kills while hosting UW-Stout.

Jaeke reached a career milestone as a Titan of 1,000 kills against UW-Stout, achieving the feat during the fourth set.

Titans head coach Jonathan Ellmann said Jaeke’s dedication to working hard has allowed her to have continued success.
“Sam is really taking pride in putting in work,” Ellmann said. “She has seen the benefit and byproduct of time and energy well spent. She, as well as others [on the team], are leaving it all out on the floor.”

Against Lakeland University, on top of Jaeke’s 17 kills, sophomore Kendall Enyart contributed eight kills, freshman Carissa Sundholm added seven and junior Shelby Coron added six kills.

In addition, freshman Kate Nottoli led the team with a career-high five blocks and added four kills, while senior Rachel Gardner added 22 digs against the Muskies.

On Friday against UW-Stout, the Titans won all three of their sets by passing the 25-point set minimum with set scores of 28-26, 27-25 and 28-26. They lost the third of four sets 20-25.

Ellmann said that the trust the team has in one another was a major contributor in the victory.

“Our players trust each other to get it done,” Ellmann said. “Regardless of [the] situation, we have shown each other time and time again that we can execute at a high level with our backs against the wall.”

Against UW-Stout, sophomore Emma Kiekhofer contributed 32 assists, Gardner again led with 22 digs, and Coron contributed a career-high eight blocks in the win.

UWO (19-6, 4-1 WIAC) hosted UWW (20-3, 5-0 WIAC) in a key matchup for the conference lead Wednesday. The result of that contest against UW-Whitewater can be found online at uwoshkoshtitans.com.