The No. 7 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater volleyball team used a strong start Wednesday night to extend its win streak to 13 matches with a 25-10, 19-25, 25-16, 25-20 triumph at Concordia Wisconsin in a non-conference match in Mequon, Wis.
The Warhawks (19-3 overall) did not commit an attack error in the first set and hit .290 for the period. The team sprinted out to an 8-1 advantage and claimed the final five points of the set to take a 1-0 match lead.
The Falcons (15-6) flipped the script on UW-Whitewater in the second set, pushing out to a 14-8 advantage. The two teams played even from there, allowing CUW to tie the match at 1-1.
The Warhawks started the third set much like they did the first, this time by a 10-1 margin. The Falcons got as close as six points, but UW-Whitewater continued to control the frame on its way to a 2-1 match lead.
Concordia Wisconsin led 7-2 in the fourth set before the Warhawks embarked on an 8-1 run to lead 10-8. With the set tied at 13-13, UW-Whitewater scored the next five points to take control before the Falcons closed to within 23-20, forcing a UW-W timeout.
The Warhawks ended the match on back-to-back kills by freshman outside hitter Chloe Buescher and senior outside hitter Rachel Butterfield.
Buescher led the offense with her eighth double-double of the season, totaling 14 kills, 12 digs and five blocks. Senior middle hitter Ashton Doll collected 11 kills on a .455 hitting percentage and added four blocks, and Butterfield registered nine kills on a .474 hitting percentage.
Freshman setter Maggie Streckert posted 26 assists, two kills, two digs and two blocks, while sophomore setter KellyAnn Sotiros contributed 13 assists and four digs. Sophomore outside hitter Emma Aske recorded 11 digs, two kills and three service aces.
Freshman Morgan Jensen finished with 24 digs and four service aces, and sophomore defensive specialist Hailey Mackenthun tallied 17 digs and four service aces.
UW-Whitewater returns to Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Friday at 7 p.m. at UW-River Falls.