MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (Blugolds.com) – The No. 13 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire volleyball team dropped their second-straight match on Friday night, falling on the road to Cornell College, 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 28-26).
After falling in the first set, 25-18, UW-Eau Claire fought back and tallied six-straight points to take a 24-20 advantage. However, the Rams went on a run of their own, tying the set at 24 apiece. Cornell would take that momentum to a 27-25 win.
In the final frame, the Blugolds again held a late lead but the Rams would score four-straight points yet again to pull ahead 25-24. An Arianna Barrett (So.-Lakeville, MN/North) kill tied the score at 25 but Cornell responded with one of their own. Barrett tied it up again with another kill, but the Rams would get back-to-back kills to take the set and secure the win.
Barrett led the Blugolds with 11 of the team's 35 kills while also racking up a team-high 14 digs and two aces. Leah Witzel (Jr.-Woodbury, MN/East Ridge) also tallied 24 assists.
The Blugolds (6-6) will face Saint Mary's (Minn.) and Coe College (Iowa) on Saturday at the Mabel Lee Invite. Follow the Blugolds all season long on Blugold Game Day or on the 'UWEC Blugolds' app from your mobile device.