Pointers sweep Hamline, Simpson to move win streak to Eight
For the Gazette
LA CROSSE – The UW-Stevens Point volleyball team (10-2) rolled to a pair of straight-sets victories at the UWL Tournament to extend its winning streak to eight matches. The Pointers took down Hamline before dismantling Simpson.
Freshman Ashley Kopp (Muskego) registered her seventh double-double in UWSP’s sweep of Hamline with 13 kills and 15 digs. She led all players with nine kills in the win over Simpson.
Fellow freshman Grace Michalske (Wausau) piled up 62 assists on the night with game-highs of 36 and 26, respectively.
Emma Peterson (Bloomington) posted game-highs of 17 and 18 digs, respectively, in the matches.
UWSP 3, HU 0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-21)
Sydney Mosinski (Nevada) had five kills in the first set, including two early as the Pointers went ahead 4-0 and never looked back.
Guresi Mena (Inver Grove Heights) and Kopp had five kills each in a much closer second set At 18-16, Kopp posted a kill, Michalske served up an ace and Mosinski and Reis Derousseau (Tomah) combined for a block to give UWSP late control of the set.
Megan Lau (Potter) had two early kills and was in on a pair of blocks as the Pointers took a 10-4 lead in the third set. The Pipers fought back to within 23-21 late, but a pair of kills by Kopp closed out the set and the match.
UWSP 3, SC 0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-9)
The Pointers fell behind early in the first set 12-7. But Kopp rallied for back-to-back kills to spark UWSP to a 12-2 run with Michalske adding a pair of aces during the run. Mena had a kill late as the Pointers held off the Storm to take the first set.
Kopp opened the second set with a kill setting the tone for a 6-0 opening run. Mosinski had a kill and an ace to start a five-point run and a 14-4 lead. Three more kills by Mosinski late in the set preceded consecutive aces by Kopp to close out the set.
Abby Neutz (Annandale) had a pair of kills early in the third set. The Pointers rolled to the win with Molly Lawlis (Stevens Point) getting her first career kill in the set. UWSP hit .565 in the third set while holding Simpson to a -.179 hitting percentage.