Blugolds women's volleyball team; Cross Country teams in action Friday

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. ( – The UW-Eau Claire women's volleyball team played 24th-ranked UW-Stevens Point close the entire match but the Pointers came out on top 3-2 in the McPhee Physical Education Center tonight.

In the opening set, the Blugolds built a 19-11 lead but Stevens Point scored six in a row to make it 19-17. After back and forth battles, Eau Claire eventually came out on top 28-26.

The second and third sets belonged to the Pointers, who won 25-21 and 25-19, respectively. The Blugolds' only lead in the second set was a 4-3 lead early and Stevens Point got up by as much as 21-13 before Eau Claire closed the gap at the end. In the third set, Eau Claire led 15-9 at one point but Stevens Point outscored the Blugolds 15-2 over the next several minutes to build a 24-17 lead before closing with the 25-19 win.

Eau Claire fought back in the fourth set and won 25-18. This time Stevens Point led 13-11 before an Eau Claire run which gave the Blugolds an 18-14 lead. The rest of the way, the Blugolds outscored the Pointers 7-4 to take the win and even the match at 2-2.

In the final set, it was back and forth the entire way. The teams found themselves tied at 11 but the Pointers went on to outscore the Blugolds 4-1 and win the set 15-12 for a 3-2 match victory.

Neither team hit very well but the Blugolds slightly edged the Pointers .101-.091. Anne Satterlee (Sr.-Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) led the match with 17 kills while two other Blugolds found their way to double figures.

Five Blugolds reached double figures in digs with Lauren Sutherland (Jr.-Dayton, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian) leading the way with a match-high 28. Emily Neave (Sr.-Salem, Wis./Westosha Central) led the match with 44 set assists.

Blocking was a key to the Pointers' success tonight. They finished with 23.5 blocks while the Blugolds had six. Stevens Point is currently ranked fifth in Division III in blocks per set.

The Blugolds, who had played two five-set matches this season coming into tonight and won both, fall to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Stevens Point improves to 12-3 on the season and 1-0 in the WIAC. Prior to tonight, Eau Claire had won 22 straight over the Pointers, who last defeated the Blugolds on September 19, 1998.

Saturday Eau Claire will host UW-Whitewater, a team ranked 13th in the nation, for the Blugolds' Alumni Day. Action will get underway at noon in McPhee.
COLFAX, Wis. ( – The UW-Eau Claire men's cross country team, led by Jeremy Kieser (Sr.-Verona, Wis.), won the 2012 Blugold Invitational at Whitetail Golf Course today.

As a team, the Blugolds had a very strong performance with four runners finishing in the top eight. They scored 28 points while Lakehead University came in second with 114 and Luther College (Iowa) was third with 120. The last time the Blugolds won their home meet was in 2010.

Kieser paced the field of 308 runners as he finished with a time of 24:55.59. The second place finisher came in more than 22 seconds later.

In fifth place was Matt Wenaas (Jr.-Chippewa Falls, Wis./McDonell) with a time of 25:33.35 while Adam Moline (So.-Maple Grove, Minn./Wayzata) was sixth with a time of 25:34. 56. Aaron Easker (Sr.-Eland, Wis./Wittenberg-Birnamwood) finished in eighth place with a time of 25:37.87.

Next Friday some Blugolds will be at the St. Mary's University Invitational while others will compete at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday.

COLFAX, Wis. ( – Ashlyn Mauer (Sr.-Sheboygan Falls, Wis.) led the UW-Eau Claire women's cross country team to a second place finish out of the 17 teams at the 2012 Blugold Invitational at Whitetail Golf Course today.

Mauer took the top spot out of 266 runners with a time of 21:42.32, more than five seconds in front of the second place finisher on the 6,000-meter course.

Two other Blugolds finished in the top 10 as Madi Sawyer (Jr.-Champlin, Minn./Park) was fourth with a time of 21:52.52 while Steph Sjostrom (Sr.-Champlin, Minn./Park) was sixth with a time of 22:01.58.

As a team, the Blugolds finished with 60 points to claim second place. NCAA Division I University of Minnesota took first with 34 points while Carleton College (Minn.) was third with 90.

A season ago, the Blugolds took third at the invite.

Next Friday some Blugolds will be at the St. Mary's University Invitational while others will compete at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday.

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