WAUKESHA - The UW-Stevens Point volleyball team opened the season on Wednesday afternoon with a pair of victories at the Carroll University tournament, defeating host Carroll 3-2 and Beloit College 3-0.
"It was a big factor that we started with something to build on," said UW-Stevens Point head coach Stacey White of the team's 2-0 start to the season. "Winning builds confidence and even though we didn't play as cleanly as we would have liked, it is definitely a big confidence booster."
The Pointers opened the tournament against the host Pioneers and won their opening set 25-23. After dropping game two 25-23, the Pointers again rallied with a 25-21 victory to take a two games to one lead. In the fourth set, host Carroll rallied to force a decisive game five with a 25-17 win.
Hungry to start the season off on the right foot, the Pointers rallied to take the decisive fifth game 15-5.
Christina Brinkman and Morgan Bartkowiak each had 16 kills in the season opening victory and Bartkowiak added six block assists and a solo block to aid in the victory. Molly Elderbrook also added 18 digs.
"We definitely had our ups and downs in our first match," said White. "We were tentative at first but in game five we figured it out and played aggressively."
In the nightcap against Beloit, the Pointers carried over their success, winning 25-15, 25-8, 25-20.
Senior Kaitlin Wolfe led the way in game two, registering a team-high eight kills in 13 attempts. Brinkman also continued her stellar attack, adding seven kills on 10 attempts without a hitting error. Chantel York added five service aces in the match to help the Pointers start 2-0.
"The match against Carroll was a big confidence booster and that helped us against Beloit," said White. "This gives us something to build on. Now we have to bring that home and try to win our tournament. We have some good competition coming in this weekend."
The Pointers will now return home to host the UW-Stevens Point Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4. Action for the Pointers begins at 3 p.m. on Friday when they take on Ripon College. Saturday's final match against conference foe UW-Superior will also be this year's Parents Day.
Courtesy: UWSP Press Release