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UWS RDP: Volleyball wins own Stinger Classic

University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Ashlee Bayer, back, and Cami Sletta, front, team up to block a Marian University shot in the first game of the Yellowjackets' 3-0 win over the Sabres in the Stinger Classic Saturday afternoon at UWS. (Jed Carlson/ 1 / 3
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The University of Wisconsin-Superior volleyball team went 3-0 to win its own Stinger Classic over the weekend in Mertz Mortorelli Gym. The Yellowjackets defeated Marian twice by 3-0 scores and Hamline 3-2. UWS also defeated Lakehead University in an exhibition match.

Superior’s Ashlee Bayer and Taylor Howe were named to the Stinger Classic All-Tournament Team.

Bayer, from Cameron, posted 38 kills with an attack percentage of .535. She played a huge role in Friday's victory over Hamline, where she had half of her weekend kills. On defense she had six digs and three blocks.

Howe, a freshman from Webster, posted 35 kills, including 18 in Friday's victory over Hamline. Her attach percentage was .535. She also contributed eight digs on defense.

In Friday’s win over Marian, Brylee Colligan had nine kills, and Howe and Bayer had eight apiece. Emily VerWay added 32 assists.

In the win over Hamline, the Yellowjackets won the first two sets and then had a 24-20 lead in the third set before Hamline rallied, winning the next six points to stay alive.

Hamline followed with a win in the fourth set, sending the teams to a deciding fifth game, where the Yellowjackets pulled away and were able to get the victory.

Bayer had 19 kills; Howe added 18; and Cami Sletta had 13. VerWay also had a career-high 65 assists; Leif had 29 digs and Colligan added 23.

In the second win over Marian, Bayer had a team-high 11 kills, while Howe added eight. VerWay also had 36 assists, giving her 132 for the weekend.

The Yellowjackets will take a four-match winning streak into tonight’s (Tuesday, Sept. 11) non-conference match at UW-River Falls.

2018 Stinger Classic All-Tournament Team

Ashlee Bayer, UWS; Taylor Howe, UWS; Maddie Hurrle, Hamline; Jessica Korchak, Lakehead; Alex Meidl, Marian; Megan Rubbelke, Hamline.

Men’s soccer

UWS picked up a pair of 2-1 non-conference victories over the weekend at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

The Yellowjackets defeated the host Cobbers Friday, Sept. 7 and Simpson College Saturday, Sept. 8.

Gustavo Barbieri snapped a 1-1 tie in the 75th minute in the win over Concordia. UWS trailed 1-0 until Leonardo Paredes tied things up less than four minutes before halftime.

The Yellowjackets outshot the Cobbers 19-11, and held an edge in shots on goal of 9-5. Ulrik Lager made his first career start and got the win, making four saves.

Against Simpson, Mason Tynsky scored on a penalty kick early in the second half and Fernando Bicalho followed with the game-winner just over four minutes later to increase Superior’s win streak to three games.

Dalton VonKaenel finished with eight saves.

Women’s soccer

Despite getting 10 saves from keeper Morgan Philliber, the Yellowjackets lost to former WIAC foes UW-Stout 6-0 Saturday in Menomonie.


The UWS men and women both finished third in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Preview Thursday, Sept. 6 at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Minn.

St. Scholastica won both titles. It was the third straight preview title for the Saint women.

The UWS men were led by Ryan Peterson’s ninth-place finish.

The Lady Yellowjackets were led by Alayna Tulip (93) and Aly Buskik (97).

Cross country

The Yellowjackets opened the season Thursday, Sept. 11 by hosting a meet for the first time in 13 years, as four nearby teams competed in the 2018 Dan Conway Classic.

The event, named after the former UW-Superior running standout, and UWS Athletic Hall of Fame member, is in its first year.

The Minnesota Duluth men claimed the inaugural Dan Conway Classic Title, finishing the day with 19 points. The Yellowjackets finished second with 45 points.

Jordan Koski finished second overall with a time of 15:56.1. He was less than five seconds behind UMD’s Isaac Overmeyer.

Behind Koski, Rand Bieri placed eighth (16:46.7) and Harrison Hirsch was ninth (16:48.9).

The Yellowjacket women placed third with 78 points, just behind second-place St. Scholastica. UMD finished first with 16 points.

Leading the way for the Yellowjackets was senior Kelli Praska, who placed 10th with a time of 20:36; Not far behind was freshman Nicole Koski, who placed 18th with a time of 21:32.3. Ali Manthey, also earned a top-20 finish, placing 19th with a time of 21:50.

UMD’s Morgan Radel finished first in 19:09.8.