Oct. 16, 2013
Fri. Oct. 18 7 pm CST Cleveland State (12-6, 2-3)
Klotsche Center Milwaukee, Wis.
Vikings are defending league champs and were picked second this season; lost two at home this past weekend
Sat. Oct. 19 4 pm CST Youngstown State (11-9, 3-2)
Klotsche Center Milwaukee, Wis.
Alexis Egler and Missy Hundelt each have more than 200 kills; Erika West is reigning league defensive POTW
The Last Meeting
October 19, 2012
Panthers Struggle In Three-Set Loss At Cleveland
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.
The Last Meeting
October 20, 2012
Penguins Use Late Surges To Knock Off Panthers
Missy Hundelt had 17 kills as Youngstown State rode late surges in the third and fourth sets to claim a 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center. Elizabeth Egerer had 17 kills, Julie Kolinske 15 and Rachel Neuberger 12 for Milwaukee, which posted a much-improved effort from Friday night's loss at Cleveland State but could not pull out the win.
Printable Weekly Notes
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team returns to the Klotsche Center for two more home matches, welcoming Cleveland State to Milwaukee Friday night before squaring off with Youngstown State Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers continued their unbeaten run through the early portion of Horizon League play with a four-set win over Green Bay last Friday night. The win sent Milwaukee two matches ahead of the Phoenix in the league standings.
Milwaukee is now 5-0 in league play for the fourth time in seven seasons under Susie Johnson. The Panthers have won the league title in each of those years.
UWM has been statistically dominant in its five league matches to date. Milwaukee currently leads the league in hitting percentage, kills, assists, opponent hitting percentage and digs in league-only matches, while also standing second in blocks. Individually, Julie Kolinske leads the league in kills, Taylor Golabowski leads in digs and Kayla Price is tops in assists.
Rachel Neuberger is looking to become @UWMVolleyball's 3rd 2x All-American. Leanne Felsing and Kerri Schuh are the others.
Milwaukee's non-conference schedule wound up including five teams currently in the RPI top 20 #BlackandGold
The @MKEPanthers have never lost to a Horizon League foe with Kayla Price in the lineup - now are 23-0
#UWM is 87-23 against @HorizonLeague teams in Susie Johnson's six-plus seasons as head coach
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team is back at the Klotsche Center for two more Horizon League matches, with Cleveland State visiting Friday evening before Youngstown State comes in Saturday afternoon.
Scouting The Weekend
Cleveland State enters the weekend 12-6 overall but just 2-3 in the Horizon League ... the defending league champion Vikings lost twice at home last weekend, falling to UIC and Valparaiso ... the Vikings have five players with at least 100 kills ... Nikki Holmes has a team-high 313 digs ... Youngstown State is 11-9 overall and 3-2 in league play ... Alexis Egler and Missy Hundelt each have more than 200 kills for the Penguins ... three different players have at least 190 digs for YSU ... Erika West is the reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.
Eyeing Up A Fast Start
Milwaukee is putting together another fast start in league play. UWM's 5-0 record in the league marks the fourth time in seven seasons under Susie Johnson that the Panthers are off to a 5-0 start. Plus, over the last 14 seasons, Milwaukee has started at least 3-0 eight times and has won the regular season league title each time.
Recapping Last Week
Julie Kolinske had 16 kills to lead four players in double figures as UWM captured a 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21 win over Green Bay last Friday night at the Klotsche Center. Nicole Latzig added 13 kills, Myanna Ruiz 11 and Rachel Neuberger 10 for Milwaukee, which probably should have swept the match but let three set-point chances get away in the only frame it dropped. Taylor Golabowski had 15 digs to lead the Panther defense, which also collected seven blocks.
UWM has been statistically dominant in its five league matches to date. Milwaukee currently leads the league in hitting percentage, kills, assists, opponent hitting percentage and digs in league-only matches, while also standing second in blocks. The team tallies include an astounding 15.41-10.59 advantage in kills per set and a .279-.116 edge in team hitting percentage. Individually, Julie Kolinske leads the league in kills and is one of three Milwaukee players in the top 10 in that category. Kayla Price also leads in assists. Defensively, Taylor Golabowski leads the league in digs and currently sits 81st in the nation. Rachel Neuberger is second in the league in blocks.
Milwaukee's defense has been strong throughout the season and the numbers continue to get better. Along with holding opponents to a .116 hitting clip in league play, the Panthers are averaging better than 17 per digs per set while adding 2.59 blocks per frame. Milwaukee has recently had a pair of players honored by the league for defense. Junior libero Taylor Golabowski was recognized Oct. 7 after helping Milwaukee to wins at UIC and Valpo. Golabowski averaged 5.83 digs per set in the two wins as Milwaukee's defense limited its two opponents to a .071 hitting clip and just 50 total kills. In the win over preseason league favorite Valpo, Golabowski collected 24 digs, tied for the fifth-most in a three-set match in school history. As a team, Milwaukee tallied 68 digs in limiting the Crusaders to just 21 kills and a .044 hitting clip. Meanwhile, Rachel Neuberger claimed defensive player of the week accolades Sept. 30 after averaging 1.71 blocks per set in wins over Oakland and Wright State.
Liking That Offense
Milwaukee's offense struggled in losses to Florida and Marquette to wrap up non-league play, but the Panthers have quickly bounced back in the first five league matches of the season. Milwaukee is hitting .279 in five league contests and is averaging 15.41 kills per set. The Panthers hit a season-best .386 in a win over Wright State and also hit better than .300 in its win at UIC. Setter Kayla Price has been directing the Panther offense flawlessly, averaging 11.76 assists per set. She is also spreading the wealth around nicely, as five different hitters have collected at least one double-figure kill outing in league play. The Panthers have still never lost to a Horizon League opponent with Price as a starting setter, a mark that has now reached 23-0.
A Record Set
Certainly Milwaukee's 25-5 win over Valparaiso in the first set Oct. 5 jumps off the stat sheet. And it was a historically large win for the Panthers. The five points allowed tied the school record since the scoring shifted to 25-point sets, equaling the five the Panthers allowed against UIC in the second set of a three-set sweep of UIC in November of 2010. This was also the first time the Panthers held a league opponent in single digits since a 25-8 win against Wright State in 2011.
Leaping Into The League
Milwaukee has turned its attention to the Horizon League schedule, as UWM has nothing but league contests scheduled between now and the end of the regular season. The Panthers are home for five of their first seven league matches before playing on the road for five of their final seven outings. Milwaukee is looking for its ninth Horizon League regular season title in the last 11 years and UWM is 87-23 against league teams in Susie Johnson's six-plus seasons as head coach.
Summing Up The Non-League
Milwaukee knew it would be facing plenty of challenges during the non-league portion of its schedule and UWM wound up squaring off with a pair of ranked opponents in then-#4 Florida and then-#25 Wisconsin. In fact, the Gators were the highest-ranked opponent ever for the Panthers. Milwaukee played three teams from the Big Ten, going to five sets with both Northwestern and Iowa, and played a pair of Big XII foes in Oklahoma and Kansas. The Panthers won a tournament title, winning the crown at Akron. UWM also beat Bowling Green, which made the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago and was picked to win the MAC this season. The NCAA is now releasing its RPI weekly and the Panthers have played five teams in the top 20.
Milwaukee is counting on a number of young and new faces this season but none is making a bigger impression than Myanna Ruiz. In fact, the true freshman has posted her two best performances to date in matches against Big Ten foes. Against then-#25 Wisconsin, she tallied 16 kills to go with 13 digs for her first collegiate double-double. Then she added 18 kills and 16 digs in the loss to Iowa. Ruiz has now been in double figures in digs 10 times. For the season, she is third in the team in total kills (152) and second in digs (188).