Last year it was a special run. This year, it was an expected result.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse volleyball team is in the Division III Women's Volleyball Championship for a second year in a row after receiving an at-large bid Monday. The Eagles will face St. Thomas on Thursday afternoon in St.Paul in the first round.
UW-L was swept by Carthage College in the first round in 2015. The Eagles drew off that experience to go 22-5 this season and win a second-straight WIAC title.
"I'm hoping that it will have a little more calming effect, be able to keep the nerves under control a little bit more this year than in the past so we're able to play calm, confident and collected," junior Stephanie Henk said. "Nothing can really prepare you for that moment, you're just so excited to play and have an opportunity. You're a little frazzled."
The Eagles beat the Tommies 3-1 in a tournament in early September. Coach Lily Hallock, who was named WIAC Coach of the Year for a second year in a row, said she doesn't expect anything out of the ordinary in this week's meeting.
"They're a very well-trained volleyball team, but there's nothing really special that we have to prepare for for them," she said.