The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County women’s volleyball team capped the regular season with a home sweep of UW-Marshfield/Wood County on Wednesday night.
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County recorded a 25-10, 25-10, 25-12 win to improve to 5-0 in the Wisconsin College Conference West, going unbeaten to win the division title for the second straight year.
The match was never in doubt, as the Spirits opened up a 24-7 lead in set one before notching the 25-10 win.
The Marauders put up a fight in set two, as the Spirits held a 10-8 lead early on. UW-BSC pulled away from there, scoring seven straight points and forcing a UW-Marshfield/Wood County timeout. The Spirits’ momentum didn’t slow, as Madisyn Makal recorded a couple of kills coming out of the timeout and UW-BSC pulled away for a 25-10 win.
The Spirits trailed briefly in set three, but it didn’t last long, as they quickly turned a 3-2 deficit into an 11-4 lead. UW-BSC took control the rest of the way, as Danielle Roessler served the last several points to cap the 25-12 win.
Kaitlyn Gilbert paced the Spirits in three categories on Wednesday, leading the way with eight kills, six aces and two blocks.
“She really stepped up tonight,” UW-BSC coach Genevieve Raddatz said. “She plays multiple positions — she was on the outside, she was in the middle and she was on the right side — so that leads to being able to get those extra kills. ... She also had six aces with her hard top-spin serve.”
Makal and Lilly Breunig each added five kills, Kelsea Storkel tallied a team-high 18 assists, Teisha Grundahl had 10 digs and Amber Grundahl added eight digs and four aces.
“Between the two of them, they’ve been digging really well,” Raddatz said of the Grundahl sisters, noting that they each added long runs from the service line. “Amber was serving at 100 percent, which is a great feat. She’s only missed one serve all season long.”
The Spirits also swept the Marauders in their first meeting, notching a 25-19, 25-5, 25-12 win on Sept. 18.
“They (Marshfield) are always very good defensively, because they always seem to be in the right spot,” Raddatz said. “And they were blocking well tonight, too, so they didn’t allow us to get a free hit.”
UW-BSC will look to defend its WCC state title at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells on Oct. 21-22. The Spirits won the second WCC state crown in program history last season, beating UW-Fond du Lac in the semifinal and UW-Washington County in the championship to win their first title since 2006.
UW-BSC went 9-2 against WCC teams this season. The Spirits lost to a pair of teams from the WCC East during the regular season, suffering a 25-14, 25-14, 25-16 loss to UW-Fond du Lac on Sept. 20 and a 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 loss to UW-Washington County on Sept. 23. The Spirits have yet to face UW-Marinette, which shared the WCC East title with UW-Fond du Lac.
The Spirits will have a first-round bye in the WCC tournament as the West division champions.
“We’re looking forward to the tournament and challenging those other teams,” Raddatz said. “We need to be defensively solid and we need to not be making our own errors. We need to let them earn it. We have to stop giving them unearned points... Once we stop that, we can keep up with any team.”