After a second place finish in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point women’s volleyball team earned a wild card spot in the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Pointers were the number one seed heading into the WIAC tournament Friday night. Point defeated UW-Platteville 3-1, and two-seeded UW-Whitewater defeated UW-Eau Claire 3-2.
Both teams were propelled into the championship match Saturday afternoon. Historically, Whitewater has been dominant over Point with an all-time 39 wins and 19 losses to Point.
Point came to the court confident, energized and ready to face a formidable opponent.
"We wanted to really focus on playing hard and together as a team and staying relentless on defense. We needed to pass well and serve tough in order to neutralize UW-Whitewater’s fast offense," Head Coach Stacey White said.
The first match was point for point--both teams fighting ferociously to counter the other. The UW-Whitewater Warhawks took the match (27-29) ending Point’s 18-game winning streak.
The second match was similarly competitive, ending with Point on top with a 25-18 win.
The Warhawks rode their momentum through the third and fourth matches, winning 25-18 and 25-19, claiming the WIAC championship.
Coach Stacey White was awarded the WIAC Coach of the Year for her honorable efforts.
The Warhawks were awarded an automatic bid into the NCAA DIII tournament following their victory on Saturday.
After two days of anticipation it was announced Monday that the Pointers had received the wild card bid for the NCAA DIII tournament. Point will face the central region’s number one ranked Cobbers of Concordia in Moorhead on Friday, Nov. 11, at 8:00 p.m.
"I am so excited for these young ladies...We’re going to the NCAA championship. You can count on it. One other thing, GO POINTERS!" UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson said.