The Merrill and Stevens Point volleyball teams were hands down the top two teams in the Wisconsin Valley Conference last season.
SPASH handed Merrill its only conference loss in the final game of the regular season, but the Blue Jays were looking for revenge Thursday as these two opened the conference season.
Stevens Point started strong and hung with the defending conference champs early, but Merrill pulled away for a 3-1 win.
On the soccer field, Wausau East led the Valley entering Thursday, while SPASH did not have a conference loss. The Lumberjacks punched in a first half goal on a ricochet to go up 1-0 at half and added three more in the second to win 4-0.
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