Pioneers Take Dig for Cure Match in Four Over No. 17 UW-Whitewater
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville volleyball team extended its home winning streak to 10 in a row with a 25-12, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21 win over No. 17 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Dig for the Cure night at Williams Fieldhouse.
The Pioneers (17-7, 2-3 WIAC) were led by senior Samantha Rampart, who had a season-high and team-high 16 kills and a team-best .359 hitting percentage. Junior Stephanie Kirchner, who was named the WIAC Player of the Week, nearly had a triple double with 13 kills, 10 digs and nine blocks (two solos and seven assists).
UW-Platteville senior Danielle Cushley hammered down a kill and recorded a block solo to clinch the first and second set, respectively. The Lodi native was the third Pioneer with double-figure kills with 11. Freshman setter Katie O'Malley had a strong night with 49 assists in the win; plus, the Pioneers also had 13 total blocks and 79 digs in the four-set win.
UW-Whitewater (16-7, 3-2 WIAC) was led by Leanna Lillege, who had a double double with a match-high 21 kills to go along with 10 digs for the Warhawks. Kim Frei set a balanced attack for UW-Whitewater with 46 assists, plus Kaylin Byer and Chelsea Mutton each had 10 digs and Kim Frei added 46 assists in the defeat. UW-Whitewater had nine service errors in the loss.
The Pioneers will take its five-match winning streak to the road to the North Central Tournament in Naperville, Illinois, this weekend. UW-Platteville will face Wheaton (6 p.m.) and Simpson (8 p.m.) on Friday and Carthage (2 p.m.) and host North Central (4 p.m.) on Saturday.