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UW-L sends five athletic teams to WIAC Championships

By Jonny Brennan
On November 8, 2011

As October wraps up and the cold weather becomes the norm, some UW-La Crosse athletes hang up their jerseys while others prepare for something much more gratifying.

The UW-L community should be proud that five athletic teams will or have already participated in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The women's volleyball, tennis, cross-country, soccer team, and  the men's cross country team are either heading to the finals or just competed.

First up: women's tennis team.  The Eagles had a strong season with a record of 9-2 and a conference record of 4-2.  Ranked third at the conference championships in Madison the team was ready to display their talents. After the first day of competition, UW-L had five single competitors make it through to the next day and the semifinal round; Mary Weiner (no. 2) Olivia Hartwick (No. 3), Abby Tresedder (No. 4), Andrea Vivian (No. 5) and Megan Fallon (No. 6).  They also had one doubles team (Maruyama/Tresedder) advance to the WIAC.  While the Eagles came up short the next day in the final matches, they still finished at a commendable fourth place in the team championships and secured their spot in a four team tournament with UW-Whitewater, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Oshkosh in the spring to see which team receives an automatic bid to the national championships.

The women's soccer team is getting ready to finish up a stellar year on the field.  Led by senior goalkeeper Sagan Pissingrilli, the Eagles entered their regular season finale against UW-Stout tied for first in the WIAC at 4-1-2 and 9-5-2 in overall competition.   A fairly young team, the Eagles will only graduate six of their players on roster, so we can look forward to another tough squad to keep the winning tradition alive for the soccer team.

UW-L's women volleyball team finished this 2011 season with a tough loss to conference rival UW-Steven's Point on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Hopefully the Eagles can get back on track and secure two more wins before the post-season begins, starting with the WIAC Championships, the NCAA Division III Regional Championships and finally onto the NCAA Division III National Championships.  Similar to the women's soccer team, the women of volleyball are relatively young and will only graduate two seniors.

The men and women's cross-country teams look to continue their winning ways in the WIAC.  The men, led by senior and recent WIAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week, Brian Shonat, look to take hold of the trophy.  UW-L's men's cross country team has had a terrific season winning all but one competition.  

The women's cross country runners also have a lot to be proud of heading into a conference championship. Women's cross-country placed in the top ten as a team in every competition this season, and as of Oct. 15, were ranked 30th in Division III. The cross-country women are coming off a third place team effort at Lake Wissota Invitational look forward to their post-season competition starting with the WIAC Championships at the Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, Wisconsin.

Congratulations, once again, to all the teams that competed this fall. We look forward to next year's competition and Eagle dominance.


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