Offense Sends First-Place Panthers Past Phoenix
Oct. 11, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Julie Kolinske had 16 kills to lead four players in double figures as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee captured a 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21 win over Green Bay Friday night at the Klotsche Center.
The Panthers (9-8, 5-0 Horizon) hit .291 for the match and committed just one error in the fourth set en route to putting the contest away.
Taylor Golabowski had 15 digs to lead the Panther defense, which also collected seven blocks.
Mikaela Gunderson had 17 kills to lead the Phoenix (8-9, 3-2).
"Different people came through at different times, and that makes such a difference and it's such a team," Milwaukee head coach Susie Johnson said. "We have a very diverse offense, we're getting the ball up when we need to and then we're able to transition out. Nicole and Julie had wonderful matches offensively and I'm proud of Kayla for figuring that out during the match and getting the ball to them."
The Panthers controlled much of the first set, building leads of 14-10 and 18-13 before pushing the edge to 20-14 on a kill by Latzig. Green Bay was able to crawl back to within three but a kill by Kolinske finished things off.
Milwaukee then looked like it was poised to go up 2-0 as it built leads of 18-12, 21-16 and 24-21 in the set. But Green Bay successfully fought off three set-points and turned that into a five-point run, with a UWM error finally allowing Green Bay to even the match.
The Panthers responded nicely in the third set. UWM used a four-point run early to go up 10-7 and then never gave the lead back. The advantage grew to 16-9 on a kill by Hannah Blanchard and 23-13 on a Blanchard ace. Green Bay answered with six-straight points to make the score tighter, but kills from Ruiz and Kolinske sent the Panthers back ahead in the match.
UWM then closed things out with a late surge in the fourth set. Milwaukee had an early 11-8 lead after a run of four-straight points thanks to two kills apiece from Kolinske and Neuberger. But Green Bay eventually led 18-17 before the Panthers answered for good. A quick three-point burst put Milwaukee ahead 20-18 and an ace from Ruiz pushed the lead to 23-19. Kills from Kolinske and Latzig then finished things off.
"I knew that match wasn't going to be easy, but we kept the emotion out. The team really did a good job of that," Johnson said. "Statistically it was very even, but what happened was we were able to stay in control that whole match."
Milwaukee now gets a full week off before returning to action next Friday night at home against Cleveland State. Youngstown State then visits on Saturday afternoon for the annual Pink Out match.