Stellar Start In Fifth Set Propels Milwaukee To Win At Wright State
Nov. 10, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio - Rachel Neuberger had 20 kills and eight blocks to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team to a 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 15-10 win over Wright State Saturday afternoon at McLin Gymnasium.
The Panthers (9-18, 4-9 Horizon) scored the first seven points of the fifth set to hold off a determined effort by the homestanding Raiders (2-30, 0-14).
Julie Kolinske added 17 kills and 16 digs while Elizabeth Egerer had 16 kills. Kolinske was one of five Panthers that reached double figures in digs, with Anna Bartz and Taylor Golabowski leading the way with 19 apiece.
The Panthers hit a solid .220 for the match while forcing Wright State into 30 hitting errors. Hannah Blanchard had 51 assists in leading the Milwaukee offense, while the setter added 11 digs defensively.
Heidi Splinter had 20 kills to lead Wright State.
"We worked through some things during the match and then really came through in the final set," Milwaukee head coach Susie Johnson said. "It was great to see Rachel feel a little better and play well and our outsides came through, too. Our defense made some big contributions and it was also good to see Taylor getting back into a little bit of a rhythm coming back from injury. It was good to see us take a step forward and get the win."
Kolinske had three kills in the opening burst of the fifth set as the Panthers built a 7-0 lead. Wright State pulled to within 9-5 and 12-9, but two late kills by Neuberger allowed Milwaukee to hang on.
After UWM dropped the first set, it bounced back nicely, as the Panthers had 30 kills and just seven errors over those middle two frames. In the second set, UWM broke a 15-all tie with a 7-2 burst to take control. Then in the third frame, the Panthers led essentially from start to finish and finished the set with the final four points.
Wright State then bounced back to win the fourth frame, breaking a 16-all tie with an 8-3 burst. That set the stage for the Panthers' response in the fifth set, giving them their first road victory of the season.
UWM wraps up the regular season Sunday afternoon at Valparaiso.