No. 9 Warhawks Volleyball Top Illinois Wesleyan, Boudreau Earns 500th Win

The No. 9 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater volleyball team finished its weekend with a 3-0 record and extended its win streak to 12 matches Saturday on the second day of the Dig Panici Classic at Russell Arena.

The Warhawks (18-3 overall) downed Illinois Wesleyan 24-26, 25-17, 25-23, 25-15 in their lone match of the day to give head coach Stacy Boudreau her 500th career win.

Stacy Boudreau

Boudreau became the sixth coach in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history to reach the 500-win plateau. Her .765 career winning percentage entering the 2019 season ranked 10th among active NCAA Division III coaches and 15th all time among Division III coaches. Boudreau currently owns a 500-151 career mark, good for a .768 win percentage.

Senior outside hitter Rachel Butterfield and freshman outside hitter Chloe Buescher tallied 13 kills apiece, and Buescher added 11 digs and three blocks for her double-double. Senior middle hitter Ashton Doll collected 10 kills on a .471 hitting percentage and added seven blocks, and sophomore outside hitter Erin Erb posted eight kills on a .389 hitting percentage.

Freshman setter Maggie Streckert totaled 26 assists and two blocks, and sophomore setter KellyAnn Sotiros registered 21 assists, two service aces and seven digs.

Freshman libero Morgan Jensen led the back row with 28 digs to go along with four assists, and sophomore outside hitter Emma Aske recorded double digits in digs with 11.

The Titans (3-16) led 20-13 in the first set before UW-Whitewater came all the way back to tie the set at 24-24. Illinois Wesleyan claimed the final two points, however, to take a 1-0 match lead.

The Warhawks stormed to an 8-4 advantage in the second set and didn’t look back, recording six of the final eight points to even the match at 1-1.

The two teams went back and forth in the third, but the Titans took a 21-17 lead. After a UW-W timeout, the Warhawks scored six of the next seven points to take a 23-22 advantage. After Illinois Wesleyan tied it, UW-Whitewater closed the set on back-to-back kills by Buescher for a 2-1 lead.

The Warhawks jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the fourth set, and never trailed by fewer than four points the rest of the way.

UW-Whitewater visits Concordia Wisconsin Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a non-conference contest in Mequon.

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