Panthers Close Out Winning Weekend With Convincing Three-Set Sweep
Sept. 28, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Rachel Neuberger and Julie Kolinske had 10 kills apiece and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee committed just six hitting errors en route to a convincing 25-10, 25-16, 25-13 win over Wright State Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center.
The Panthers' defense also kept pace, collecting 13.5 blocks while limiting the Raiders to a .047 hitting clip.
Neuberger and Kolinske each reached double digits in kills without committing an error, while Neuberger added six blocks with Kolinske contributing five. Nicole Latzig led the team with seven blocks.
Stephanie Ruffing led Wright State (6-13, 0-2) with 11 kills.
Milwaukee didn't trail in any of the three sets and completely controlled play with its stellar defensive performance at the net.
"The block was a really big thing we talked about today," Milwaukee head coach Susie Johnson said. "We talked about blocking with a purpose and making sure we were really focused on that. We wanted to make sure we closed the block and were efficient, and we were able to do that."
The Panthers also played its most error-free match of the season on offense, one night after it overcame 26 hitting errors in a four-set win over Oakland.
"This team was very focused today and is learning as it goes," Johnson said. "I think every match we have played this year we have learned something. I told them they could really put together now what they have learned in the last four weeks and I'm glad to see that it's happening."
The Panthers cruised in the first set. Milwaukee jumped out to a 7-2 lead and went up 12-6 on a Wright St. error. The lead grew to 15-7 on a Neuberger kill and hit 17-8 on a kill by Kolinske. Milwaukee actually scored seven in a row to balloon the advantage to 22-8 and closed out the set on another Kolinske kill.
Milwaukee was in control throughout the second set. The Panthers led 7-3 after a kill by Neuberger and were up 13-6 following an ace from Maisey Mulvey. Wright State did pull to within 16-11 but would get no closer. The lead hit 20-12 on a Neuberger kill and 22-14 on a kill by Kolinske. UWM then closed things out on a block by Neuberger and Ruiz.
UWM then finished off the match with another convincing win in the third frame. Milwaukee jumped out to a 5-1 lead and went ahead 13-3 on a kill by Hannah Blanchard. The lead was still 16-6 following a kill by Nicole Latzig and the Panthers were never truly threatened after that. A triple block from Kolinske, Latzig and Price made it 23-13 and a solo block from Latzig eventually finished things off.
Milwaukee now hits the road for a pair of matches next weekend. The Panthers play at UIC Friday night and at Valparaiso Saturday.