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Blugolds sweep Tufts to reach final four

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111821 UWEC volleyball team huddle

The UW-Eau Claire volleyball team huddles prior to facing Tufts University in the NCAA quarterfinals on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

UW-Eau Claire topped Tufts University on Thursday in the national quarterfinals in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS (WQOW) - Arianna Barrett led the way with 18 kills but a number of Blugolds scored to power the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire volleyball team past Tufts University 3-0 in the NCAA national quarterfinals.

UW-Eau Claire will face top seed Juniata on Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the national semifinals at WU Fieldhouse on the Washington University in St. Louis campus.

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Tufts had momentum early, but a 9-0 run from UW-Eau Claire helped the Blugolds win the opening set 25-23.

UWEC cruised in set two, winning 25-15.

In set three, the Blugolds built an early 8-4 lead, but later trailed 24-23 and 25-24. Jordan Witzel and Kendra Baierl slammed home kills to close out the match.

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