Panthers Get Right Back On Track In Sweep Of UIC
Nov. 2, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Rachel Neuberger celebrated Senior Day with 13 kills and was one of four Panthers in double figures as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee claimed a convincing 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 win over UIC Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center.
The Panthers (14-9, 10-1 Horizon) bounced back from their only league loss of the season by hitting .384 and controlling the contest with the Flames from start to finish.
Plus, with Valparaiso losing at Green Bay Saturday, the Panthers are again one match ahead in the Horizon League standings with two weekends remaining in the regular season.
The Panthers were also strong defensively, limiting UIC to .083 hitting clip while tallying 40 digs and 6.5 blocks. Hannah Blanchard led the way with 10 digs while Neuberger had six blocks.
In particular, the offensive performance marked a stark turnaround from Friday night, when the Panthers hit just .078 and had 36 errors in losing to Valpo. Today, Milwaukee returned to the form that has it leading the Horizon League in every offensive category.
"You have to learn from situations and that's what we were able to do. It was a lot to address because the match was tough last night and to turn around and come and play the way we did today is great," Milwaukee head coach Susie Johnson said. "We talked as a team and some people were saying they were playing safe. You can't really win and play safe. As soon as you play safe, you actually make errors. It was important to get our heads on right, watch a little film of themselves and just see that it's not that hard. We work on it in practice we work on all of these situations so to go hard and be smart about it and that's what we did today."
Milwaukee was rarely threatened in Saturday's contest. The Panthers broke a 10-all tie in the first set with three-straight points and wound up closing out the frame on a 15-5 run. The second set was tighter but UWM took the lead for good at 8-7 and maintained a lead of 3-5 points most of the way.
Then in the third frame, the Panthers built an early 11-7 lead and steadily added to it. Milwaukee wound up hitting .467 in the final set, collecting 16 kills and just two errors.
The Panthers finish the regular season with three-straight matches on the road, starting next Saturday night in Green Bay.