For the first time since 1986, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point volleyball took on the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament last weekend in Moorhead, Minn.
The Pointers fell 2-3 to the tournament’s hometown team, the Cobbers of Concordia-Moorhead. The Cobbers are the central region’s top-ranked team and the seventh-ranked team in the nation.
The teams played a thrilling back and forth game as Concordia won the first and third matches; the Pointers won the second and the fourth. The teams remained just two points from each other throughout the entire fifth match until Concordia scored the final two points.
“I'm very proud that we made it to the NCAA tournament and I'm very proud of how we played,” said junior left side Kati Rau. “We fought until the end and never gave up. If we would have made a few less errors the game would have been ours.” Rau lead the Pointers with 16 kills at the tournament.
Sixty-six teams throughout the nation competed to be named the Women’s Division III Volleyball Champions. The Pointers lost in the first of three rounds of the tournament. The loss was the final game for the Pointer volleyball season, but the team is already looking forward to next year.
“Knowing how far we got this year, we are all beyond excited for next year. We expect to go farther next year. All we need to do is tweak a little bit of everything and we'll definitely be the team that other teams need to look out for,” Rau said.
Christina Brinkman, who led the Pointers with 350 kills this season, is also very proud of how well the team played at the tournament.
“This was an amazing season. Our team has improved so much,” Brinkman said. “We were picked to finish at the bottom of the conference at the beginning of the season and ended up winning conference and making it to the NCAA tournament. We are all really excited for next season.”