STEVENS POINT - The UW-Stevens Point volleyball team won its second consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship Wednesday evening, defeating UW-La Crosse, 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-18).
The Eagles opened the first set with a 3-0 run, but Sarah Wildish served the Pointers to eight consecutive points as UWSP handily won the first set, 25-11.
Wildish recorded five kills in the second set, including the final point to give UWSP the 25-22 win.
In the third and final set, Morgan Bartkowiak had a stretch of three consecutive kills to help the Pointers win the set (25-18) and the match.
Wildish led all players with 13 kills and Bartkowiak added a game-high five blocks.
Hannah Picel led the Pointers with 13 digs, followed by Ally Groth with 11.
Alexis Hartman tallied a game-high 35 assists.
Although the mentality of this year's championship team differs from last year's championship team, the feeling is just as sweet for Pointers' head coach Stacey White.
“Last year it was a surprise,” said White. “We were kind of the underdogs. It was a great feeling because we didn't know it was going to happen. This time we were expected to win so we always had a target on our back, but we were able to rise to the occasion.”
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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