The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh women’s volleyball team is headed to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2009 with a win over the University of La Verne on Saturday night at the Kolf Sports Center.
The No. 2 nationally ranked Titans, now 37-1, defeated the 20th-ranked Leopards 3-1, dropping the first set before winning the next three.
Riley Kindt, a senior from Brookfield, capped off the weekend with a career-high 23 kills, hitting .367 on 49 total attacks. She also dug five attacks and recorded five blocks for 25.5 points, another career-best. Sami Perlberg, a freshman from Chippewa Falls, hit 16 kills. Kalli Mau, a senior from Kimberly, and Izzy Coon, a sophomore from Fond du Lac, both registered 21 assists and Maddy Pearson, a senior from Kimberly, blocked five attacks (one solo).
UW Oshkosh hit 56 kills (.176) against the Leopards’ 46 (.133) while La Verne paced Oshkosh in service aces (5-3) and total blocks (10-9).
Kindt, Perlberg and Fregien were joined by Leopards Ray and Malia Capistrano, Graycee Mosley from East Texas Baptist University and Maren Sundberg from Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on the All-Tournament Team. Kindt was named the Regional Most Outstanding Player.
Before facing La Verne on Saturday, the Titans swept Greenville University in the opening round Thursday and Gustavus Adolphus College in the second round Friday.
The Titans will head to Claremont, California for the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Nov. 29. They will face the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 9 p.m. CST.