Battle of the purple jerseys
Cal Lutheran, Wis.-Stevens Point to battle for spot in title match
HOLLAND, Mich. -- A purple-clad team is going to play for the Division III national volleyball championship.
No. 3-ranked Cal Lutheran (34-1) and No. 19 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (35-4), both who don purple, are scheduled to clash at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday in semifinal action at DeVos Fieldhouse on the campus of Hope College.
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Cal Lutheran is led by senior outside hitter and first-team All-American Kylie McLogan and senior setter Jackie Russell, an honorable mention All-American.
“We scout a team and pick up their tendencies, but at the end of the day, we play our match,” said CLU coach Kellee Roesel, who earned her 200th win this season. “You can’t count out Stevens Point, after what they did to St. Thomas.”
Wisconsin-Stevens Point beat the defending national champions 3-1 on their home floor last weekend and then quieted a raucous Dutch crowd Thursday night, winning in three sets.
“It is going to be another battle, like every single match in the tournament,” Pointers head coach Abbey Sutherland, who coached at the University of Southern Mississippi before moving to Stevens Point prior to this season, said. “[McLogan] is an outstanding outside hitter.
“We have to stick to our game plan, which is the same every single match,” Sutherland said. “We have to play good defense and serve the ball well.”
The Pointers had only one service error in their quarterfinal match Thursday night and, led by junior setter Alexis Hartman, a second-team All-American, the Pointers posted an attack percentage of .250 Thursday night, while limiting the Flying Dutch to just .180.
“It is going to be huge battle for us,” Hartman said. “They are going to be a big challenge for us. We are going to have to be ready to fight.”
The winner will face either No. 1-ranked Calvin College or No. 7 Emory for the championship at 7 p.m. ET.