By Colin Marklowitz —
Coming off their second consecutive 15-win season, University of Wisconsin–Stout’s volleyball team looks to make it three straight years with 15 plus wins. This year’s squad returns eight players from last year, along with 10 players making their Blue Devil debuts. UW–Stout’s roster includes three seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and eight freshmen.
To begin the season, the Blue Devils reeled off five straight wins, losing only two matches along the way. UW–Stout suffered their first loss to University of Minnesota–Morris on Sept. 6, losing 3-1.
With only three seniors on the roster, the Blue Devils are looking to a variety of underclassmen to step into major roles this year. Seniors are setter Karley Wiensch of Chippewa Falls, Wis., middle hitter Morgan Denny from Luck, Wis. and defensive specialist Nicole Bradford from Ridgeland, Wis. All three have been consistent players during their time at UW–Stout and will be called upon to lead this young squad on the court. Amongst many other key returning players is junior hitter Laura Reiter from Lino Lakes, Minn., who led the team with 3.0 kills per match.
Up next, the Blue Devils will play at the Gustavus Adolphus Invitational in St. Peter, Minn. on Friday Sept. 6 and Saturday Sept. 7.