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'Jackets spike Macalester

The University of Wisconsin-Superior volleyball team is now 5-2 after hosting its first home match of the season against Macalester College Tuesday night.

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University of Wisconsin-Superior's Wendy Bowman (24) blasts the ball past Macalester's Taylor Tinkham (7) as the host Yellowjackets defeated the Scots Tuesday evening in Superior. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The University of Wisconsin-Superior volleyball team is now 5-2 after hosting its first home match of the season against Macalester College Tuesday night.

After a lapse in the second set, in which the Yellowjackets trailed by as many as four points, UWS pulled off the win and breezed through the third set to win the match 3-0.

Lynne Deadrick, head coach of the Yellowjackets said she always tells her girls to "hit with a purpose." Against Macalester, she felt the UWS players lived up to that challenge.

"Sometimes I think we get in a rut where we get on the defensive where we're always playing defense and just trying to scramble to get the ball back over and then wait for a better opportunity," Deadrick said. "I think tonight we were on the offensive. Both off of the defensive and the service, we were on the attack."

UWS came out strong from the opening points of the first game. Deadrick said the Yellowjackets not only hit well but passed effectively to get a lot of one-on-one situations.

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"I think in game one, our passing was on so that we could get the ball where we wanted it to go," Deadrick said.

The Yellowjackets won the first set 25-17 to go up 1-0.

In the second set, the UWS didn't begin with the same intensity. After rolling over Macalester in the first game, Superior struggled in the second and soon found itself four points behind its opponents.

"I think we lost our focus a little bit with our passing, and we had a few hitting errors there that kind of took us out a little bit," Deadrick said.

UWS chipped away at the Scots' lead and managed to tie the game at 16. The Yellowjackets then took the lead by as many as three points, but Macalester continued to threaten.

Up 23-22, UWS senior Chelsie Christofferson tipped the ball over two Macalester defenders to give Superior a chance to end the game. The Scots took back the point on the next volley though, and UWS eked out the 25-23 win with a block.

In the third set, UWS was back to form, taking a six-point lead midway through and keeping the momentum to win 25-15.

"We just came out strong. Our passing was on and had a lot of nice digs defensively that turned into offensive kills for us," Deadrick said. "That's kind of what you need to do if you're going to be successful."

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Samantha Blake, the UWS libero, had 16 digs in the match. Christofferson came up with a number of important kills to keep the momentum with UWS, and Wendy Bowman hit the ball well in the middle to provide another threat. Jenny Olson was a leader on offense for the Yellowjackets in game one.

"Throughout the match, different players rose to the occasion, which was nice to see," Deadrick said.

This weekend the Yellowjackets will host a tournament beginning Friday and running into Saturday. On Friday, UWS plays Northland College at 4 p.m. and St. Catherine University at 8 p.m. Matches Saturday have yet to be determined.

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