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UWS ROUND-UP: Yellowjackets spike the Saints

University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Leah Nightingale (22) splits the St. Scholastica block of Brooke Schermann (11) and Christaia Houser (18) in the first game of the Yellowjackets’ win over the Saints Tuesday night at Mertz Mortorelli Gym. UWS won 3-0. (Jed Carlson /

The St. Scholastica Saints got the better of the University of Wisconsin-Superior in a bridge-battle between the two schools on Tuesday.

The Saints came out on top in men’s and women’s soccer games, while the Yellowjackets defeated the Saints for the fifth straight time in a volleyball match that featured 36 ties and 18 lead changes.


Brylee Colligan had 15 kills and 23 digs to lead UWS to its fifth straight win over the Saints — 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18) in Mertz Mortorelli Gym.

Ashley Runck (11) and Leah Nightingale (10) were also in double digits in kills for UWS (12-9 overall, 7-3 UMAC), while Emily VerWay led the offense with 44 set assists.

Mackenzie Dahlin also chipped in with a match-high 30 digs for the Yellowjackets, who now lead the all-time series with St. Scholastica 36-33.

Brooke Elvehjem and Brooke Schermann had 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for St. Scholastica (7-14, 5-4), while Espi Austvold had 24 set assists and 10 digs.

In earlier action, UWS defeated Crown College 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-23) Saturday in St. Bonifacius, Minn.

Runck and Brylee Colligan each had double-digit kills and VerWay totaled 35 set assists for the Yellowjackets.

Crown fell to 2-16 and 1-9.

UWS hosts Bethel at 3 p.m. Saturday.

‘JACKET JOTTINGS: The Yellowjackets also defeated the Saints earlier this season in four sets at the Mertz. … The Saints have not won against the Yellowjackets in Superior since the 2009 season, dropping the last five matchups. … UWS, which was tied for third place in the UMAC with Martin Luther, is now 5-1 at home this season. … Heading into Tuesday’s match, Runck led UWS with 154 kills, VerWay ranked third in the UMAC, averaging 7.07 assists per set, and Colligan was averaging 2.57 kills per set, which ranks in the top 10 of the UMAC.

Women’s soccer

Taylor Olson and Emily Olson each registered a pair of goals in the Saints’ 5-0 win over UWS before 67 fans at Saints Field in Duluth.

Janelle Rouillard also scored for the Saints and goalkeeper Olivia Schmitz had one save for the shutout.

St. Scholastica (5-4-2 overall, 4-1-1 UMAC) put 12 shots on goal to two for the Yellowjackets (2-8-1, 1-4-1).

For UWS, Chloe Schmaltz had the sole shot on goal and Bailey Henderson and Sky Brown had seven saves.

The Yellowjackets also lost to Bethany Lutheran College 2-1 in overtime Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

Nicole Moldstad scored the game-winning goal in the fourth minute of overtime for Bethany Lutheran.

Kelli Graham put the Yellowjackets in the lead in the 67th minute before Elena De Vera tied the game in the 84th minute for the Vikings (3-7, 2-3).

Henderson stopped 10 shots for UWS.

The Yellowjackets play at Crown College at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

‘JACKET JOTTINGS: The Saints, who lost 2-1 to Northwestern on Saturday, has not lost back-to-back conference games since the 2002 season. … The Saints lead the all-time series with UWS 13-0 and have allowed only one goal to the Yellowjackets in the last 10 meetings and that came last year at Saints Field.

Men’s soccer

Luke Buckton’s unassisted goal in the 75th minute lifted St. Scholastica to a 2-1 victory over UWS before a crowd of 189 at Saints Field.

St. Scholastica’s Darby Henderson opened the scoring early in the second half on a pass from Buckton, the conference’s points leader.

Buckton scored unassisted at 75:48 to put the Saints up 2-0.

UWS cut the lead in half when Gunnar O’Neill-Sengbush scored on an assist from Mualigbe Keita at 76:21.

Dalton VonKaenel had two saves for UWS (6-4-1, 3-1-1), which outshot CSS 17-6.

Sandy Davidson-Hunt made nine saves for the Saints (8-2 overall, 6-0 UMAC), who have not lost in 116 consecutive conference games, an NCAA record.

UWS was coming off a 3-1 win over Bethany Lutheran College Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

Eric Watson and Adrian Leal scored in the opening 20 minutes and Jonah Garcia added a 74th-minute goal for a 3-0 lead for the Yellowjackets, who used a pair of goalkeepers in the win.

The Vikings (1-9, 0-5) ended the shutout in the 88th minute.

UWS plays Crown College at 5 p.m. Saturday in St. Bonifacius, Minn.

‘JACKET JOTTINGS: The Saints have now won 72 straight UMAC regular-season games. … Tuesday’s game with the Saints was another rough one with 29 fouls called and each team getting four yellow cards. … UWS is now 1-1-2 on Saints Field since it has been converted to turf. … The Saints lead the all-time series with UWS 14-5-4. …

Bucklew honored

Jon Bucklew was awarded the UMAC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for his performances last week against Northland College and Bethany Lutheran.

Against Northland, Bucklew assisted on two of the four goals in the Yellowjackets’ 4-0 shutout. He also assisted on Danny Kearns’ goal in the 3-1 win over Bethany Lutheran.

Bucklew has started all 12 games for the ‘Jackets this season, notching three goals and three assists, totaling nine points. Two of his three goals have proven to be the game-winner in their respective contests.