Oct. 2, 2012
Fri. Oct. 5 7 p.m. CST vs. Loyola (11-6, 3-1)
Gentile Center Chicago, Ill.
Ramblers enter weekend in tie for first place
Sat. Oct. 6 4 p.m. CST vs. UIC (8-10, 2-2)
UIC Athletic Center Chicago, Ill.
Flames 2-0 at home in league play
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team starts the month of October with a pair of road matches in Chicago. The Panthers play at Loyola Friday night before squaring off with UIC Saturday afternoon.
The Last Meeting
October 14, 2011
Schuh Carries Panthers To Four-Set Win At Loyola
Kerri Schuh had 23 kills and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hit .255 for the match in claiming a 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-16 win over Loyola Friday night at the Halas Sports Center. The Panthers (16-4, 9-0 Horizon) had a hard time shaking the pesky Ramblers (4-13, 1-7), who nearly won the first set and used a late surge to extend the match. But, in the end, the strong play of Schuh and a solid contribution from Elizabeth Egerer (14 kills) allowed Milwaukee to remain unbeaten in the league.
The Last Meeting
November 12, 2011
Win At UIC Sets School Record, Caps Panthers' Unbeaten League Run
Elizabeth Egerer had 16 kills and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee collected 16 blocks in claiming a 28-30, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 win over UIC Saturday night. The Panthers (23-4, 16-0 Horizon) have now won a school-record 16-straight matches and are the first team to go unbeaten through the Horizon League regular season schedule since 1994.
The Panthers moved to 2-1 in league play with a five-set win over Green Bay Friday night. UWM played error-free volleyball in the final frame, collecting 11 kills without an error.
Sophomore Julie Kolinske continues to lead Milwaukee's offense. She tallied 22 kills and hit .360 in the win over the Phoenix.
UWM continues to battle through injuries problems this season. All-league setter Kayla Price is out for the year with a hand injury while Taylor Golabowski continues to be sidelined by a hand injury.
Milwaukee has won 17-straight Horizon League road matches.
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.
The Week Ahead
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team opens the month of October with a pair of weekend matches in Chicago. The Panthers square off with Loyola Friday night before taking on UIC Saturday afternoon.
Loyola is off to an 11-6 start overall and is in a first-place league tie thanks to a 3-1 start ... transfer Anna Eytchison earned league player of the week honors Monday and is averaging 4.54 kills per set on the season ... Loyola did suffer a three-set loss to Pacific earlier this season, a team UWM lost to in four sets in non-league play ... the Panthers have won 12-straight in the series with the Ramblers, with Loyola's last win coming in 2006 ... UIC is 8-10 overall and 2-2 in league play ... the Flames do play Eastern Illinois Wednesday night before facing both Wisconsin schools this weekend ... UIC has gone 6-4 in its last 10 matches after a five-match losing streak that included a loss to #2 Penn State ... the Flames have five players averaging better than two kills per set ... UWM has won five in a row in the series with UIC, with the Flames having beaten the Panthers in Chicago in 2009 ... that victory and one in 2005 mark the only two UIC wins in the series since 1996.
Milwaukee pulled out an important win Friday night at the Klotsche Center, pulling out a five-set victory over Green Bay. The Panthers controlled the first two frames before falling in sets three and four. Then, Milwaukee played error-free volleyball to pull out the fifth set. It marked UWM's first five-set win of the season. Julie Kolinske collected 22 kills while Elizabeth Egerer added 18 kills and 14 digs for Milwaukee.
Just Being Julie
Julie Kolinske continues to be a standout for the Panthers during the early season. The sophomore is leading the team in kills, averaging 4.08 kills per set, while she stands second on the team in digs with 3.19 per frame. She led the way against Green Bay, collecting 22 kills while hitting .360. She has now collected 20 or more kills in a match four times this year. Plus, she has had a double-double in seven of her last nine matches and now has 13 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 three weeks ago and has already posted a pair of 26-dig outings in league play. On the year, she is leading the team with 4.37 digs per set. She has 836 career digs - keeping her on pace to pass 1,000 for her career - while she has also reached double-figures in digs 38 times in her career.
A Good Boost For The Block
Sophomore Amber Simonton earned the first start of her career Friday night as coach Susie Johnson adjusted her lineup to try to improve UWM's blocking efforts. The move worked, as Simonton collected six blocks and the Panthers tallied 12 as a team. That helped boost UWM to 1.84 blocks per set overall, with the Panthers now averaging 2.33 blocks per set in league play.
The Injury Bug
Milwaukee currently finds itself without two key performers as league play gets underway. All-league setter Kayla Price suffered a hand injury midway through the match at Marquette Sept. 15 and is now done for the season following surgery. Meanwhile, back row specialist Taylor Golabowski injured her hand during practice the second week of the regular season and has been sidelined while recovering.
Setting Up Success
An injury also means an opportunity for someone else to step forward and sophomore Hannah Blanchard plans on doing just that. Blanchard has made her first three collegiate starts at setter as league play has gotten underway, with the sophomore averaging 11.25 assists per set. Blanchard has been directing a very efficient Milwaukee offense, with the Panthers hitting .262 in her three matches as the setter. Blanchard was an all-around performer at Muskego High School and actually had 394 assists as a senior.
The New Faces Coming Through
UWM has four true freshmen on its roster and each one of them continues to see playing time. Maisey Mulvey has played in every match this season while Nicole Latzig has played in all but one, with Latzig sitting second on the team in blocks (0.83) while Mulvey is third on the team in digs (2.75). Maggie Dunbar has also played in 11 of 16 matches this season. Plus, Sammi Herron has been in and out of the rotation this season and has three double-figure kill outings as well as a 17-dig effort against Western Michigan. Herron has been part of the regular rotation in all three of UWM's league matches.
Starting On The Court
UWM's starting lineup and rotation continues to feature plenty of youngsters. The typical starting seven and sub rotation has included six freshmen and sophomores, including Nicole Latzig, Kayla Price or Hannah Blanchard and Julie Kolinske all earning regular opening nods. The rest of the rotation has typically included freshman Maisey Mulvey, sophomore Arianna Wiersma, and either freshman Sammi Herron or freshman Maggie Dunbar.
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 163 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.
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 league following last season are on the preseason all-league team. Senior Elizabeth Egerer, junior Rachel Neuberger and sophomore Kayla Price were named to the seven-person squad. Neuberger was an all-league performer and honorable mention All-American a year ago, when she led the league in hitting percentage and total blocks. Egerer was the league tournament MVP in leading Milwaukee to the title. Price was the League Newcomer of the Year and Midwest Region Freshman of the Year a season ago. Milwaukee was the only school with non-seniors on the list.
UWM's lengthy and impressive Horizon League winning streak is over, but the Panthers still boast a long list of impressive winning numbers. The loss to Cleveland State two weeks ago snapped a 26-match regular season league winning streak but UWM has still won 41 of its last 43 regular season league contests. Milwaukee has also 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 188-26 in league matches over the last 15-plus seasons.