It has been quite a
storybook season for the
women’s volleyball team.
Beginning the season with
a 5-3 record, the Pointers
have now won 21 of their
last 22 games.
Stevens Point, ranked
21st in the nation, holds a
24-4 record. Currently in
the middle of a 13 match
winning streak, the Pointers
seem to have found their
Head coach Abbey
Sutherland has enjoyed the
success in her first year as
head coach and recognizes
the importance of everyone
on the team.
“I knew it was possible
because of our youth and
because of the freshmen.
We’ve had some leadership
from the upperclassmen
and they’ve just jelled. It’s
been great,” Sutherland
There are a few key
areas that the Pointers have
addressed during their
streak. Junior Sarah Breuer
noticed how the team has
“We’ve really come
together as a team. We
spend a lot of time together
and really challenge each
other,” Breuer said.
The Pointers used the
positive team chemistry
and turned it into success.
Brunkhorst explained how
the Pointers do not back
“We’ve been on a steady
rise all season. I think we
fight back all the time. We’ll
go down two games, comeback and win it,” Brunkhorst said.
The Pointers have won some
impressive games to maintain their winning streak this season.
On Sept. 13, the Pointers were losing the first two matches against
22nd ranked Wartburg College, only
to come back to win the final three
matches to secure the victory.
Another large matchup
came against the 17th ranked
UW-Whitewater on Sept. 25.
Like the Wartburg matchup, the
Pointers were down by two matches
and came storming back for the upset.
With the recent sweep at the
Loras College Invitational, the
Pointers have experienced leadership
all across the court.
Junior Alexis Hartman was
named all-tournament team honors
for her impressive playing throughout
the Loras College Invitational.
“Alexis does a great job of
running the offense. She makes really
good decisions,” Sutherland said.
Hartman has been trying to keep
the team focused throughout the
team’s winning streaks.
“Experience is a big role that
I play just from playing since my
freshman year. I know what it’s like
and that everyone needs to stay
calm and level headed,” Hartman
said. “It’s a very young group. It’s
great to see the energy and drive and
everyone wanting to succeed.”
Despite the record Sutherland
wants the team to stay focused on
the task at hand, which is fixing the
“We have weaknesses that
we need to work on. It’s tough to
sometimes see those when you’re
winning,” Sutherland said.
With just a few matches left before
the conference tournament, Stevens
Point is trying to finish strong and
have success in the playoffs.
“We would love to be conference champions so we get an automatic
bid for the NCAA tournament,”
“We need to get prepared for
the conference tournament. So just
finding a lot more momentum and
confidence and always getting
better because we’re still in the
developmental stage with being so young,” Sutherland said.
The Pointers have the potential to go deep into the playoffs this season.
Stevens Point’s next home match
comes on Friday, Oct. 26 where they
will take on UW-Superior, who holds
a record of 16-10, with a 1-5 conference record.