The No. 19 UW-Stevens Point volleyball team continued its NCAA Tournament run, advancing to the Elite 8 with a four-set victory over No. 4 St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon at Schoenecker Arena.
After losing in three sets to St. Thomas (30-3) earlier this season, the Pointers (34-4) knocked off the Tommies on their home floor. St. Thomas had won 40 of its last 41 home matches. The win extends the deepest NCAA Tournament run in UW-Stevens Point program history.
UW-Stevens Point was led by Allison Davis (Rochelle, IL/Rochelle Township), who had 15 kills and hit .400. The senior also was a part of nine of the Pointers 14 blocks in the match. Krista Loos (Sterling, IL/Sterling) (13) and Sarah Wildish (Menomonee Falls, WI/Menomonee Falls) (11) were each in double figures for kills. Hannah Picel (West Bend, WI/West Bend West) (23), Marie Krengel (Eagan, MN/Eastview) (17), Bri Piepenbrok(Merrill, WI/Merrill) (13) and Wildish all tallied double-digit digs, while Alexis Hartman (Lake Zurich, IL/Lake Zurich) handed out 46 assists.
UW-Stevens Point will play host Hope College in the opening round of the national quarterfinal on Thursday, Nov. 21. Game time is to be determined.
The UW-Stevens Point defense forced six turnovers as the Pointers closed out the season with a 19-14 conference victory over UW-Stout on Saturday afternoon at Williams Stadium.
UWSP's defense picked off UW-Stout quarterback Hank Kujak four times, including two by cornerback Bennet Wenzel (Menasha, WI/Menasha). Jake Bedor (Shiocton, WI/Shiocton) and Jay Kuenster (Sauk Prairie, WI/Sauk Prairie) each recovered a fumble in the win. Cody Seibel (Kewaskum, WI/Kewaskum) and Zach Vallafskey (Hortonville, WI/Hortonville) both recorded double-digit tackles in the game, as the Pointers held the Blue Devils to 283 yards of offense.
UW-Stevens Point had 428 yards of offense in the game. Mitch Beau (Fond du Lac, WI/St. Mary Springs) threw for 256 yards and ran for another 31 on the ground. Neubauer was his favorite target, finishing with six catches for 129 yards and a score. DeJuan Wright (St. Petersburg, FL/Keswick Christian)led the Pointers with 85 yards on 24 rushes.
The win wraps up the Pointers season with a 5-5 record, including a 3-4 mark in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).
Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) scored a career-high 33 points and the No. 4 UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team shot 60.0 percent from the floor in a 99-73 non-conference win over visiting Lawrence University in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night at Jack Bennett Court in Quandt Fieldhouse.
Hass was red-hot from the start, hitting four threes in two minutes and four seconds early in the first half. The senior was 7-for-7 from behind the arc in the game, including 6-for-6 in 17 first-half minutes. Hass shot 13-for-17 from the field in the game and also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Tyler Tillema had 23 points and Clayton Heuer finished with 13 points and six rebounds. UW-Stevens Point shot 12-for-16 (75.0 percent) from behind the arc for the game and committed only 10 turnovers.
The Pointers face Edgewood on the road on Monday night at 7 p.m. Last season, UWSP topped Edgewood 63-48 at home on Dec. 15.
The No. 23 UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team got 46 points from its bench in a 81-48 non-conference win over visiting Martin Luther on Saturday afternoon at Berg Gym.
Jamie Destache (Sussex, WI/Sussex-Hamilton), Lauren Anklam(Ringle, WI/D.C. Everest) and Joann Wolfenburg each scored 13 off the bench for UW-Stevens Point (2-0). The trio shot 14-for-19 from the field and Destache and Anklam were a combined 5-for-8 from behind the arc. Kaitlyn Jacobs (New Franken, WI/Green Bay Preble) chipped in with 11 points, while Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) posted a solid all-around game with seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
For the game, UW-Stevens Point shot 47.6 percent from the floor, including 60.0 percent after halftime. Defensively, UWSP held Martin Luther to 26.7 percent shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers. The Pointers outrebounded the Knights 48-35 and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game.
The win was the 600th in the career of head coach Shirley Egner, who is in her 25th season with UW-Stevens Point. The Pointers host No. 5 St. Thomas on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Berg Gym. The Tommies defeated the Pointers 73-70 last season in St. Paul.
Six goals over the final two periods sent the No. 5/6 UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team to a 6-4 non-conference win against Saint Mary's on Saturday night at SMU Ice Arena.
The win ran the Pointers (6-0-0) winning streak to six games to start the season. Scott Henegar (Trenton, MI/Trenton) and Garrett Ladd (Fenton, MI/Fenton) each scored twice, while Kyle Brodie (Denver, CO/Northglenn) and Kyle Heck (Plover, WI/SPASH) each tallied a goal and an assist in the game.
The UW-Stevens Point women's hockey team got a 5-4 overtime win over #10 UW-River Falls to grab the team's second victory over the Falcons in as many days.
The Pointers return to action on Friday when UW-Superior comes to town. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.