UW-La Crosse and UW-Eau Claire entered Wednesday night’s WIAC volleyball match unbeaten in league play. It didn’t take long for the upstart Eagles to change that.

UW-L, under first-year coach Amber Dunn, defeated they Blugolds 25-18, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23 behind a balanced and powerful offensive attack. The win pushed the Eagles’ overall mark to 15-6, and WIAC record to 4-0.

Marisa Johnson, a 5-foot-8 junior outside hitter from Spencer, Wis., showed off her all-around athletic ability with a team-best 15 kills. She also added 13 digs.

Laine Hoeffel added 11 kills for UW-L, while Stephanie Henk (8 kills) and Jessica Jablonski (7 kills) did their part, too, for an Eagles offense that had an attack percentage of .243 in the opening set, .242 in the third and .316 in the fourth.

Eau Claire forced the Eagles into a .075 attack percentage in the second set when the Blugolds evened the match at one set apiece.

Maddie Entinger directed the offense with 42 assists, while Halle Barnabo, a 5-6 senior from River Falls, Wis., via UW-Green Bay, led the defense with 22 digs.:

SOCCER: UW-L 4, UW-Stout 0

UW-L kept rolling Wednesday night, blanking Stout at Memorial Field to push its winning streak to six matches. The Eagles (11-1-2, 4-0), who are ranked No. 21 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Poll and No. 25 on D3soccer.com, took a 2-0 first-half lead on goals by Kaitlyn Villars and Alex Cordis. UW-L, which outshot the Blue Devils (4-5-3, 1-1-2) 28-13, added second-half goals by Maddie Granos and Hayley Hargroder. That was more than enough support for Lily Brock, who had three saves in 76 minutes, 27 seconds, and Kennedy Brault, who had one save in 13:33.


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