For the third straight year, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s volleyball teams will participate in promotions to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Each of the nine WIAC teams will be involved in at least one promotional event throughout the month of October. Over the past two seasons, conference teams have raised $33,751 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
UWS will be involved in two special matches, including Oct. 16 when it hosts UW-Oshkosh and Oct. 20 at UW-Stout.
Various promotional activities will take place at each match to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Spectators are encouraged to wear pink clothing in support of all those affected by breast cancer.
The Yellowjackets had a tough weekend to start conference play, dropping a pair of 3-0 matches to UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater.
The Pointers swept the ’Jackets 25-20, 25-18 and 25-23. Jessica Zimmerman was the top offensive player in the match for UWS, finishing with six kills. Defensively, Sami Cross finished with a team-leading 12 digs and Wendy Bowman had three blocks.
On Saturday against UWW, a team that was ranked eighth in the nation by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the Yellowjackets lost 25-10, 25-17 and 25-20.
Kitty Tynen had a team-high five kills in the match, followed by former Northwestern Tiger Lindsay Taipale, who had four. Tynen was also a standout on defense, finishing with 11 digs.
The ’Jackets (3-11 overall, 0-2 WIAC) host UW-Eau Claire at 7 p.m. today.
The game is also UWS’s volleyball “Pack the House Night.” If 300 or more people attend tonight’s match, one lucky fan will walk out of the gym with a new, 32-inch flat-screen TV, courtesy of Domino’s Pizza.
For the fourth time this year, the Yellowjackets gave up a goal in the final 10 minutes of play, costing them the win as they settled for a 2-2 tie with Jamestown, N.D. Friday afternoon.
UWS was minutes away from chalking up its fifth win of the season, but something that has been the trend so far this year once again reared its ugly head — giving up a goal late.
The ’Jackets, who were looking to win back-to-back games for the second this season, hoped to build on last Wednesday’s 1-0 overtime win over nationally-ranked St. Thomas.
The Yellowjackets open the scoring when junior Eric Nilsen scored his first goal of the season just more than five minutes into the match to make it 1-0. Ben Mooney and junior Aaron Bresser had assists on the goal.
The ’Jackets stretched their lead to 2-0 exactly 24 minutes into the first half when Logan George scored his first goal of the year on a penalty kick.
The Jimmies got on the board before the end of the first half, when Jonathan Jacobs scored to make it 2-1 with 13:48 left on the clock. With 4:31 remaining in the first half, Jamestown tied the game on a goal by Ryan Kuhry.
The teams went scoreless the rest of regulation and through overtime periods, and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Tom Fitzer finished the game with eight saves, as the Yellowjackets were outshot 10-8 in the game.
The Yellowjackets (4-2-1 overall, 0-0 WIAC) host Upper Iowa at 4 p.m. Friday and UW-Whitewater at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at the Yellowjacket Soccer Complex, located at the south end of campus adjacent to Wessman Arena.
Mandee Akason scored three times as the Yellowjackets picked up their second win of the season, 4-1 at Finlandia Wednesday.
Akason, who had a hat trick in Wednesday’s win over Finlandia, is currently the Yellowjackets leader in all goals (5) and points (11).
Things got a litte tougher on the weekend, however, as the Yellowjackets dropped a pair of games, losing a non-conference match against Jamestown College 5-1 Friday and dropping their conference opener to UW-Stevens Point 9-0.
On Friday, the Yellowjackets (2-5, 0-1) fell behind in the 14th minute and weren’t able to rally for the win. The Jimmies scored the first four goals of the game, including the first three by Hannah Langseth, establishing a 4-0 lead in the 58th minute.
The Yellowjackets finally broke through when freshman Nikki Casler scored in the 80th minute to make it 4-1. For Casler, it was her third goal of the season, which ties her for second on the team in that category. Akason had the assist.
In the 88th minute, Celene Eccles closed out the scoring, netting her second of the game to make the final 5-1.
Emily Finnerud made her second career appearance and first start in goal as a Yellowjacket, finishing the contest with six saves. The Yellowjackets were outshot 11-5 in the game.
Saturday was against UW-Stevens Point, the No. 1 ranked team in the NCAA North Region.
The Pointers led 4-0 at halftime and scored five more goals after the break, to close out the 9-0 win. Kirsti Nickels scored three times and Sam Greer and Jessica Zeisse had two goals apiece to lead the Pointers.
Finnerud finished with 16 saves for UWS and Liz Hunter made one save for the Pointers.
The Yellowjackets host St. Catherine at 4 p.m. today and UW-Whitewater at noon Saturday.