The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point women’s volleyball team won their first regular season conference championship in 30 years with their victory on Oct. 26 over UW-La Crosse (25-1, 15-17, 22-25, 25-14). This victory propelled the team into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference finals.
“I am very proud of my team and what they have accomplished this year, especially after starting the season with nine freshmen,” Head Coach Stacey White said. “We earned the first seed (25-6, 7-1 WIAC) so we will have a first round bye from [Tuesday] night’s matches. Being the highest seed gives us the opportunity to host the WIAC championship matches.”
Point will also host the tournament semifinals in the Berg Gym on Friday, games starting at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The championship matches will be played Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m. White added that the winner of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the Division III national tournament.
Number two seed UW-Whitewater (24-7, 7-1 WIAC) also received a first round bye. Number three seed UW-Eau Claire and five seed UW-Platteville will join the tournament Friday after defeating UW-River Falls and UW-Oshkosh, respectively.
Berg gymnasium doors open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday for game one, featuring UW-Whitewater vs. UW-Eau Claire. Point faces UW-Platteville at 7:30 p.m.
The third place game will begin at Saturday at 12:00 p.m. with the championship game following at 2:30 p.m.
“We need to come ready to play hard and earn every point,” White said. “Our team needs to pass well and serve tough throughout the entire tournament. Staying aggressive will be key to our success as well.”
All WIAC students are admitted free with a valid college ID. Adults are $8, youth (17 and under) $5 and children four and under are free. Tickets will be available at the doors.