The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women's volleyball team fell to Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 25-17) Saturday afternoon on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus in NCAA Division III Championship second round action.
With the loss, CMS concludes its 2018 campaign with an overall record of 27-4, while Wisconsin-Eau Claire improves to 31-3 and advances to the NCAA Regional final Sunday.
After falling behind in the contest following a closely contested first set (25-23), the Athenas responded with a 25-23 victory in the second frame to level the match at 1-1. With the score knotted at 23-23, CMS used a service error and a kill by Melanie Moore to close out the win. From there, Wisconsin-Eau Claire was able to take the next to stanzas to seal the match and eliminate the defending national champions from the NCAA postseason.
Moore finished with 10 kills to lead the Athenas' offense, while Phoebe Madsen notched 29 assists to lead the charge. Amanda Walker added nine kills and Isabelle Taylor followed with seven, while Sarah Tritschler led all players with 26 digs. Madsen also served up a trio of aces, while Moore, Walker and Regan Dinovitz combined for 13 of the team's 18 total blocks.