Erika Mattson and Paige Servais

Photo by Yellowjacket Athletics

By Jack Barnett

As the fall sports season comes to a close, the winter sports are on deck next to showcase their talent and what they plan to bring to the table for their upcoming season.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 winter sports had a shortened season; many teams could only get a few games in if any at all. The UW-Superior women’s basketball team is a step in the right direction to have things returning to normal.

UWS sophomores Erika Mattson and Paige Servais were a part of the team last year as a freshman but didn’t quite get the experience that they had hoped for. “Well, I was injured for the first part of the season, which wasn’t that much fun. By the time I was able to come back, we hardly had any games left, so it was just an overall tough spot to be in with trying to work my way back into the rotation,” said Mattson.

“Thankfully, I didn’t have to battle any injuries like Erika. I did get to play a decent amount, considering we didn’t play in many games to start with, but I still would have liked to have a traditional season, to begin with,” said Servais.

Competing for a conference championship has always been a goal for the Yellowjackets, and they have their sights set on doing just that this season.

“We have a lot of new faces, but also many returning players as well. The freshman class brought in good numbers, and we also returned a good amount of our starting lineup from last season,” said Mattson.

“I’m just glad to be back with my teammates and to be able to play the sport I enjoy the most. I’m looking forward to seeing what our team can accomplish this year and overall make an improvement from last year,” said Servais.

The Yellowjackets will play UW-Eau Claire Blugold at Zorn Arena on November 12 at 8p.m.