Eau Claire (WQOW) — UW-Eau Claire volleyball had an impressive comeback win Wednesday night over UW-Stout 3-2, and freshman outside hitter Arianna Barrett was a huge part of it.
She delivered with a career-high 22 kills for the Blugolds, and developing into one of the team’s most dangerous offensive threats. She’s third on the team with 189 kills this season, while compiling a .274 hitting percentage on the way. She’s been very consistent in very match this season, earning herself a big role on the 13th ranked team in the nation.
“Day one it was pretty intimidating, because it’s your first year of college, let alone volleyball,” says Barrett, who won a state championship with Lakeville North last season in Minnesota. “I think after awhile I’m just getting into the gym working hard for my teammates, doing things as a team. So it’s been really fun.”
UW-Eau Claire is now 6-0 in WIAC play and 25-2 overall on the season, and Barrett is a big reason why.
“Ari just brings a lot of energy, she doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” says UW-Eau Claire head coach Kim Wudi. “For her to bring another level to her game last night, I think she stepped up last night. I think we needed her to, and it was really fun to watch.
The Blugolds will take on UW-Whitwater for the regular season WIAC championship Friday night at home. The Warhawks are also 6-0 in conference play.