No. 22 Nebraska Wesleyan University junior Laura Brammeier had a match high 17 kills to lead the Prairie Wolves to a 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-21) win over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Division III volleyball tournament on Thursday, at the WU Field House in St. Louis, Mo.
Nebraska Wesleyan’s Brittny Barber led all scorers with five kills in the first set as the Prairie Wolves jumped to a 1-0 lead. UW-Platteville came back to even the contest at 1-1, using a pair of kills from junior Melissa Hildebrand to close the second set on a 6-1 scoring run.
A kill from Barber followed by a solo block from senior Elise Schmid broke a 24-24 tie in the third set, as the Prairie Wolves led 2-1. UW-Platteville survived four-straight match points in the fourth set, getting two-straight kills from freshman Samantha Rampart, but an Ashley Jedlicka kill ended the Pioneer run and clinched the win for Nebraska Wesleyan.
Barber also finished the match with double-digit kills for Nebraska Wesleyan, tallying 13 to go along with 16 digs. Rampart paced UW-Platteville with 12 kills, and Briana Kaiser had 12 kills for the Pioneers. Nebraska Wesleyan had 11 team blocks, and was led defensively by freshman Hannah Behrens and Schmid, who tallied five total blocks apiece.
Nebraska Wesleyan advances to the NCAA Division III Central Regional semifinals, where they will face Carthage College on today at 4:30 p.m.
Story courtesy of Washington Universtiy. Click here for their tournament page.