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UChicago volleyball drops matches to UW-Eau Claire and Calvin

Erin Risk and Sarah Muisenga
Erin Risk and Sarah Muisenga

CHICAGO – On day two of the Gargoyle Classic, the University of Chicago volleyball team lost a pair of home matches to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Calvin College on Saturday.

The Maroons ran their record to 1-3 on the season.

Additionally, UChicago sophomore outside hitter Sarah Muisenga was named to the Gargoyle Classic All-Tournament Team.

All-Tournament Team
Calvin – Laura Danhoff (MVP), Sarah DeVries, Anna Kamp
Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Heather Sawchuk, Katrina Raskie
Millikin – Erin Syversen, Cassidy Kingery
UChicago – Sarah Muisenga
Rockford – Taylor Rossi

Wisconsin-Eau Claire 3, UChicago 1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-7, 25-18)

The Maroons came out sharp against the Blugolds, with three early aces staking them to an 8-3 lead. The advantage eventually bloomed to 17-9 after a five-point run, and UChicago drew first blood at 25-20.

UW-Eau Claire got back into the match in the second set by turning a 4-2 deficit into a 9-5 advantage with three-straight kills to end the run. Four attack errors dogged UChicago late in the set and the visitors evened the match up, 25-16.

The third set got out of hand quickly. The Blugolds ran off 11-straight points, with the final two points coming via block to make it 11-1. The Maroon offense sputtered, making 10 errors versus two kills in the set (-.178 hitting percentage). UW-Eau Claire soon took the set 25-7.

In the fourth and final set, the visitors got off to a scorching start once again, this time going ahead 10-1. UWEC completed the match victory, 25-18.

UChicago's offense couldn't find a rhythm against the Blugold blockers, hitting for a .035 percentage as a team (29 kills, 24 errors, 142 attempts). UWEC racked up 9.5 blocks in the process and also served up 13 aces. UChicago sophomore outside hitter Sarah Muisenga was a bright spot with a double-double of 14 kills and 10 digs. Freshman outside hitter Anabella Pinton racked up a career-best 21 digs.

UChicago Stat Leaders
Sarah Muisenga (So.) – 14 kills, 10 digs
Audrey Scrafford (So.) – 9 kills, 8 digs
Erin Risk (Sr.) – 22 assists, 14 digs
Anabella Pinton (Fr.) – 21 digs, 3 kills

Calvin 3, UChicago 0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-22)

The Maroons finished the weekend with a matchup against No. 5-ranked Calvin College. The Knights boasted impressive size across their front line and put it to good use with an efficient showing on both sides of the net. Calvin hit .368 for the match while holding UChicago to a .157 hitting percentage.

The visiting side ran away with the opening two sets 25-11 and 25-9. The host Maroons were limited to nine kills combined in those sets.

The third set featured improved play by UChicago, hanging close at 17-15. Three-straight Calvin kills bought some breathing room and the Knights ended the match 25-22. The Maroons posted 14 kills in the third set. Calvin served effectively with 11 aces overall.

UChicago Stat Leaders
Audrey Scrafford (So.) – 10 kills, 4 digs
Erin Risk (Sr.) – 21 assists, 7 digs


Friday, Sept. 9 – Illinois Institute of Technology at UChicago, 6 PM