Blue Devils move up one spot in D3football.com poll

Even with a bye week, UW-Stout moved up one spot in the latest D3football.com Top 25 poll. Stout (2-0) moved up to 24th in the third poll of the season.

Stout made their first appearance in the D3football.com top 25 last week since the 2005 season.

The Blue Devils also received votes in the first AFCA Division III Coaches' Top 25 poll.

Stout is off again this week due to the cancellation of a game with Trinity Bible College. Stout returns to play Sept. 30 at UW-Platteville to open WIAC play.

Stout tops Platteville in five sets in WIAC opener

It wasn't just veteran middle hitters Ashley Pratt and Kennedy Strain that put down the big kills when UW-Stout need them in the fifth and deciding set over UW-Platteville — it was several of the young players that helped Stout to a WIAC-opening 25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 12-25, 15-12, Wednesday at Johnson Fieldhouse.

Pratt and Strain each put down a couple of monster kills apiece following long rallies, but freshman Ashley Ripley, sophomore setter Jessica DuVal and sophomore right side hitter contributed key kills to help the Blue Devils (5-7, 1-0 WIAC) snag the win.

Ripley led Stout with 14 kills, her second best collegiate kills total. Pratt, who recorded her 1000th career point last weekend, and Strain each contributed 10 kills.

The Blue Devils return to action this weekend when they play three matches at the WIAC/CCIW Crossover Tournament at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Women's soccer knots game in second half, but Gusties take contest

UW-Stout tied the game early in the second half, but Gustavus Adolphus gained the game-winning goal with less than eight minutes remaining to take a 2-1 win Tuesday on the Gustavus campus.

The Gusties (5-1-0) opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Freshman Kaitlyn Hess (Wisconsin Rapids) tied the game for the Blue Devils (1-4-0), scoring on a pass from Ryanne Millis (So, Shakopee, Minn) four minutes into the second period for her second goal of the season. Gustavus broke the tie in the 83rd minute.

Gustavus outshot Stout 19-8 for the game, but held an 11-3 advantage at the halftime time break. Lynn Johnson (So, Shakopee, Minn) recorded four saves before giving way to Rachel Nowak (Fr, Lomira) with 15 minutes remaining. Nowak absorbed the loss, her first.

The game kicked off a three-game week. Stout returns to Menomonie to host Bethel University, Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. and will travel to La Crosse to meet Viterbo University, Saturday, Sept. 23.

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Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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