Pointers Spike Opponents
Will Rossmiller

With seven returning starters from last year’s conference title team, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s volleyball team has continued where it left off last season.

With a win last night over UW-Oshkosh in three straight sets, the Pointers have a record of 14-3 as they near the midway point in the season, with an undefeated 3-0 record in conference. They are good enough to be ranked 24th in the nation.

The continuity from last year and the leadership of the seniors has really helped this team be successful, explained head coach Stacey White.

“I think all of our seniors have done a great job of being good leaders,” White said. The team has four seniors that have played all four of their seasons here and have really built up the program.

The four are middle hitter Morgan Bartkowiak, right side Kati Rau, setter Cassidy Kohlhagen and left side Christina Brinkman.

“Those four players have done a great job of really turning the program around,” White said.

Another characteristic of the team that has helped them be successful this season is the tight team bond amongst the players.

“The team has developed closeness in a short amount of time,” White said. “They all get along well, which is really important.”

“The team is amazing. Everyone is very quirky, and we mesh well together,” Brinkman said. “Everyone is very supportive of each other.”

The Pointers know that success won’t come on its own, so even after the success of last season they continue to work hard and push themselves.

“Our team has done a great job this year at coming back right away ready to work hard,” said sophomore Alexis Hartman. “Even though we had a very successful team last year and returned most of the team, we all know that we will have to work hard to go above and beyond last year’s successes.” 

​Cassidy Kohlhagen serves to an opponent. Photo courtesy
of UWSP Sports Information.

Even with the outstanding record, the Pointers know that they still have aspects of their game that they can improve.

“Right now we are working on maintaining a level of consistency,” White said. “We have a few of those little dips in the roller coaster every once and a while.”

The team understands that every match matters, and that’s how they have played this season so far.

“The team has done a great job tackling our competitive schedule so far,” Bartkowiak said. “Every match is important to us as it prepares us for conference, which is where we want to succeed the most.”

The conference certainly didn’t get any easier this year, but the Pointers are ready for the challenge that it presents.

“Our conference is just as competitive as it has been in years past,” Bartkowiak said. “There is no team that we know will be an easy win for us, so every week we do the best that we can to prepare for that specific opponent.”

With a bulk of the conference schedule coming up, the Pointers want to be playing their best volleyball right now.

“We still have a lot of season left, but right now they’re coming together and working hard, and they’re at the level where I feel they should be,” White said.