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By Colin Marklowitz —

This past weekend, the Blue Devils volleyball team won their 19th game of the season, the most for any University of Wisconsin–Stout volleyball team since 2004. In Head Coach Laura Evans’ first season at the helm of the program, the team has put together a terrific season.

The Blue Devils are currently on a five-game winning streak, and with three matches to go in the regular season, hope to stay hot going into the WIAC Championships that start on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

“Some goals for the rest of our season are to be in the conference and NCAA tournaments,” said Evans. “We have visions of competing in both of these tournaments and are working mentally and physically each day to prepare for them.”

Stout features a strong core of experienced veterans, with seniors Morgan Denny (Luck,Wis.), Karley Wiensch (Chippewa Falls, Wis.) and Nicole Bradford (Ridgeland, Wis.) and juniors Laura Reiter (Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Molly Brion (Cameron, Wis.) leading the way.

Evans attributes a lot of the team’s success to upperclassmen leadership.

“I couldn’t ask for a better group of upperclassmen,” she said. “The way they come into practice ready to work and improve each day and how much effort they put forth has been an excellent example to the newcomers.”

With games against conference rivals Universities of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, Eau Claire and La Crosse remaining in the regular season, Stout hopes to keep their winning streak alive heading into the conference championships.

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