Pioneers go 2-1 in own tournament

Pioneers go 2-1 in own tournament

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville volleyball team successfully defended its home court, taking two out three matches in its own invitational Friday and Saturday.

The Pioneers, who were 2-2 during the week, improved to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in Williams Fieldhouse.

UW-Platteville bounced back from Tuesday's straight set loss at Cornell to sweep Hamline 25-19, 25-22, 25-22 Friday night. Allison Jensen led the Pioneers with 10 kills, hitting .318. Allie Carter set up the offense with 30 assists, and Grace Austin's eight digs paced the defense.

The Pioneers continued their winning ways Saturday morning, edging Cardinal Stritch 27-25, 20-25, 25-14, 19-25, 16-14. Katie Jones and Karlie Niedert delivered the go-ahead and winning kills in the decisive fifth set. The match also featured a near-perfect hitting third set for the Pioneers, as they had 15 kills and just one error in 23 attempts. Jensen and Jones each scored 13 kills, while Merritt Johnson had 11 and Maddie Dower 10. Carter had 42 assists, four service aces and tied Austin with a match-best 12 digs. 

UW-Platteville could not recover in time Saturday afternoon, falling 25-21, 25-18, 25-23 to Augustana. The Vikings improved to 6-6 with the tournament win.

The Pioneers open Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Wednesday against UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.