Sept. 18, 2012
Fri. Sept. 21 7 p.m. CST vs. Youngstown State (10-4)
Klotsche Center Milwaukee, Wis.
Penguins have already exceeded win total from a year ago
Sat. Sept. 22 4 p.m. CST vs. Cleveland State (8-5)
Klotsche Center Milwaukee, Wis.
Vikings and Panthers met in last year's league championship
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The Last Meeting
October 28, 2011
Blanchard, Defense Carries The Day As Panthers Sweep Past YSU
Freshman Hannah Blanchard had 15 kills as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee claimed a convincing 25-16, 25-10, 25-16 win over Youngstown State Friday night at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers (20-4, 13-0 Horizon) have now won 13-straight matches and can clinch the outright Horizon League regular season title with a win over second-place Cleveland State Saturday.
The Last Meeting
November 20, 2011
Panthers Claim Horizon League Title With Impressive Three-Set Sweep
Tournament most valuable player Elizabeth Egerer had 15 kills and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee controlled the contest from start to finish in claiming a 25-15, 25-21, 25-16 win over Cleveland State in the Horizon League Tournament championship match Sunday afternoon at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers (25-4) have now won the league tournament title for the seventh time and clinched their ninth NCAA Tournament berth.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team comes back to the Klotsche Center this weekend to open Horizon League play with contests against Youngstown State and Cleveland State.
The Panthers faced an extremely difficult non-league schedule and enter league play with a 5-8 record. This past weekend at Marquette, Milwaukee's three opponents entered play with a 22-6 overall record. UWM has also suffered four of its eight losses in five sets.
Julie Kolinske has earned a spot on the all-tournament team each of the past two weekends. In the three matches at Marquette, Kolinske averaged 4.00 kills and 3.08 digs per set. She leads the Panthers in kills while standing second on the team in digs.
The Panthers have been picked to win the Horizon League championship again this year. UWM is looking for its third-straight regular season crown and its ninth in the last 10 years. In all, Milwaukee returns four starters and seven letterwinners but will feature a roster with 10 freshmen and sophomores. Elizabeth Egerer, Rachel Neuberger and Kayla Price were named to the preseason all-league team.
The Week Ahead
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team comes back home to open Horizon League play this weekend. The Panthers face off with Youngstown State Friday night before taking in Cleveland State Saturday afternoon.
Youngstown State is off to a 10-4 start, already surpassing its win total from a season ago ... the Penguins have actually gone 10-2 since losing their first two matches of the year ... Missy Hundelt leads a balanced YSU attack with 3.23 kills per set and a .288 hitting percentage ... UWM has won five in a row in the series with YSU and has lost just once to the Penguins since the mid-1990's ... YSU did win in the Klotsche Center in 2009 ... Cleveland State has won eight of its first 13 matches of the season ... the last two losses by the Vikings have come in five sets ... preseason league player of the year Kara Koch is averaging nearly five kills per set for CSU ... Milwaukee has won seven in a row in the series with CSU, including three wins a season ago ... the Vikings have not beaten the Panthers in the Klotsche Center since 1992.
Milwaukee went 1-2 at the Marquette Invitational this past weekend. UWM nearly knocked off Iowa of the Big Ten on Friday night, rallying from two sets down before falling, 15-12, in the fifth frame. Then Saturday, the Panthers jumped on Pacific in the first set of the afternoon match before the Tigers rallied to win the next three frames. Saturday night, UWM beat Marquette in the first set before the Golden Eagles struck back to win the final three frames. The field this past weekend was particularly tough, with the three opponents having entered the weekend with a 22-6 mark.
A Little More On The Non-League
UWM has faced plenty of tests during the non-league portion of its schedule, and still has another awaiting Oct. 30 when it again faces crosstown-rival Marquette. Four of UWM's losses came to teams in BCS leagues, with those four teams a combined 38-12, while Pacific (11-1) and Western Michigan (7-5) also knocked off the Panthers during non-league play. UWM also owns wins over Fairfield (7-5), William & Mary (8-5) and SEMO (7-6). Plus, four of the Panthers' losses came in five sets, with the only three-set sweeps they suffered coming at Duke and Wisconsin.
So Now What's On The Horizon
As UWM turns its attention toward Horizon League play it will be putting some major streaks on the line. The Panthers begin the 2012 league season having won 25-straight matches and 39 of its last 40 regular season league contests. Milwaukee has won 17-straight league road matches. Plus, in league play, Milwaukee has won at least 10 league matches for 15-straight seasons and, in addition to last year's unbeaten run, has gone through the league slate with just one loss eight times. UWM is 187-25 in league matches over the last 15 seasons.
UWM has been picked to repeat as champions of the Horizon League in a preseason poll of the league's coaches. The Panthers claimed seven first-place votes and 49 points in beating out Cleveland State for the top spot. The expectations are nothing new for Milwaukee, which will be seeking its third-straight regular season league crown and its ninth in the last 10 seasons.
And The New League Honors
Three Panthers who earned recognition from the Horizon League following last season are on this year's preseason all-league team. Senior Elizabeth Egerer, junior Rachel Neuberger and sophomore Kayla Price were all named to the seven-person squad. Neuberger was an all-league performer and honorable mention All-American following last season, when she led the league in hitting percentage and total blocks. Egerer was the league tournament MVP in leading Milwaukee to the title. She finished fourth in the league in kills, hitting double digits in the category 19 times. Price was the League Newcomer of the Year and Midwest Region Freshman of the Year a season ago, topping the league charts in assists per set. Milwaukee was the only school with non-seniors on the list.
Just Being Julie
For the second weekend in a row, sophomore Julie Kolinske claimed a spot on the all-tournament team. And, through the first four weeks of the year, Kolinske has picked up where she left off at the end of last season. Kolinske is leading the team in kills, averaging 3.98 kills per set, while she stands second on the team in digs with 3.35 per frame. This past weekend at Marquette, she averaged 4.00 kills and 3.08 digs. She had a double-double in each contest this weekend and now has 12 this season. She also has collected 20 or more kills in a match three times this season.
Nice Numbers In The Back
Senior Anna Bartz is piling up some big numbers as UWM's libero this season. She tallied a collegiate-high 29 digs in a five-set loss to Iowa and then had 21 more in a loss to Marquette. On the year, she is leading the team with 4.14 digs per set. She has 772 career digs - keeping her on pace to pass 1,000 for her career - while she has also reached double-figures in digs 35 times in her career.
Plenty Of Offense
The Panthers have been piling up some big offensive numbers early this season. UWM is fourth in the league in kills and third in assists, with setter Kayla Price topping the league chart in assists while Milwaukee has three players in the top 10 for kills (Julie Kolinske - 3rd; Rachel Neuberger - 7th; Elizabeth Egerer - 10th). Plus, Neuberger is third in the league in hitting. Kolinske, meanwhile, is also in the top 10 in the league in digs, making her the only player in the league to be in the top 10 for both kills and digs.
The New Faces Coming Through
UWM has four true freshmen on its roster and each one of them continues to see playing time. Nicole Latzig and Maisey Mulvey have played in every match this season, with Latzig leading the team in blocks (0.84) while Mulvey is third on the team in digs (3.04). Maggie Dunbar has also played in all but three matches this season, averaging just under two kills per set. Plus, Sammi Herron has been in and out of the rotation this season and has a pair of double-figure kill outings as well as a 17-dig effort against Western Michigan.
Starting On The Court
UWM's starting lineup and rotation over the first three weekends of the season has featured plenty of youngsters. The starting seven on opening night included two freshmen and two sophomores, with Maggie Dunbar, Nicole Latzig, Kayla Price and Julie Kolinske all earning opening nods. Then, the rest of the rotation included freshman Maisey Mulvey and sophomore Taylor Golabowski. Plus, sophomores Amber Simonton, Hannah Blanchard and Arianna Wiersma along with freshman Sammi Herron have all made appearances over the first three weekends
Seniors Leading A Young Squad
Elizabeth Egerer and Anna Bartz make up this year's two-person senior class, small compared to the six-person group the Panthers boasted a season ago. The duo actually tops a very young roster that has just one junior, meaning 10 of this year's 13 Panthers are freshmen or sophomores. Egerer and Bartz have combined to appear in 157 matches so far in Panther uniforms, with Egerer here the last two seasons after transferring from Michigan State while Bartz has spent the last three seasons in Milwaukee.