Panthers Struggle In Three-Set Loss At Cleveland
Oct. 19, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Kara Koch had 12 kills and Cleveland State was in control of the match from start to finish in claiming a 25-9, 25-7, 25-14 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Friday night at Woodling Gymnasium.
The first-place Vikings (15-6, 7-1 Horizon) hit .376 while holding the Panthers to a -.154 hitting clip.
In fact, UWM (8-13, 3-5) could never get itself sorted out on offense. Milwaukee had just 11 kills in the match while committing 27 hitting errors. Meanwhile, CSU had 41 kills and committed just six hitting errors in the contest.
"The wheels fell off early in the match tonight and we couldn't get them back on," Milwaukee head coach Susie Johnson said. "We could never get anything positive going on offense or defense. This team has been dealing with a lot of adversity and we'll need to find a way to fight through it better tomorrow at Youngstown."
It was all Cleveland State in the first frame, as the Vikings hit .500 while the Panthers committed 10 hitting errors. CSU scored seven of the first eight points and never looked back, building advantages of 11-3, 14-5 and 20-7 en route to the easy win.
It was more of the same in the second set as the Panthers simply could not get on track offensively. UWM failed to record a kill in the frame while committing 10 hitting errors. Meanwhile, CSU hit .333 and had leads of 12-2, 15-3 and 21-5 on its way to another convincing victory.
The third set was bit closer, as Milwaukee built a 7-5 lead after a kill from Rachel Neuberger and a block from Neuberger and Julie Kolinske. But Cleveland State answered with six of the next seven points to claim some control of the frame. UWM was still within 14-11 on a Viking error and pulled back to within 18-14 on another CSU error. But Cleveland then scored the next seven points to finish off the match and stay in position for the league crown and for hosting the league tournament.
UWM wraps up its weekend in northeast Ohio Saturday afternoon by taking on Youngstown State. The match starts at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST.