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A magical season came to an end for the University of Wisconsin-Superior volleyball team with a 3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-11) loss to Minnesota Morris in a UMAC semifinal game Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.
While the Yellowjackets end their season with records of 21-11 overall land 14-3 UMAC, the Cougars move on to the UMAC championship match Saturday, Nov. 2, at Northwestern, which advanced with a 3-1 (26-28, 25-19, 25-11, 25-9) win over St. Scholastica.
The Yellowjackets and Cougars split their matches during the regular season and much of the same was expected Wednesday as they played their second five-set match of the season.
UWS started slow in the first set and trailed the entire game, including by seven points twice and eventually eight points at 24-16.
The Yellowjackets got off to a better start in the second set with a 3-1 lead. The set was eventually tied at 14 and the teams traded points until a 4-0 run gave the Yellowjackets a 22-20 lead and led to a Morris timeout.
Thanks to a pair of kills by Taylor Howe UWS scored three of the final four points to pull out the win.
The third set was as close at the second with six ties (1, 2, 5, 6, 13, 15).
Morris went on a 5-0 run for a 15-13 lead, which was followed by a 7-0 run by UWS for a 21-15 lead.
The Cougars strung together five more points to get within 21-20, but UWS finished the set with four of the final five points.
The fourth set was much like the first for UWS. Besides a tie at 1-1, the Yellowjackets trailed the entire set.
The Yellowjackets managed to get within 12-9, but Morris eventually built a 20-13 lead and the Cougars closed out the set with five of the final eight points.
The fifth-and-final set saw the teams trading points until Morris took the lead for good at 9-8.
Morris increased its lead to 12-8, but kills by Ashlee Bayer, Brylee Colligan and Howe got UWS within 13-11.
That would be as close as UWS would get as the Cougars scored the final two points to clinch the match.
Howe led the Yellowjackets with 20 kills. Cami Sletta added 13 kills and Ashlee Bayer had 10. Emily VerWay dished out 50 assists and added 17 digs. Karlie Leif led the team with 24 digs.
Deadrick said goodbye to four players following Wednesday’s game -- VerWay, Lief, Doranna Blascyk and Ashlee Beyer.