Oct. 22, 2013
Fri. Oct. 25 6 pm CST Wright State (6-19, 0-7)
McLin Gymnasium Dayton, Ohio
The Raiders have dropped 11-straight matches; opponents are hitting. 238 against WSU and UWM hit .386 in 1st matchup
Sat. Oct. 26 3 pm CST Oakland (9-13, 3-4)
Athletics Center O'rena Rochester, Mich.
Grizzlies have bounced back from 0-2 league start to win three of last five in first league season
The Last Meeting
September 28, 2013
Panthers Close Out Winning Weekend With Convincing Three-Set Sweep
Rachel Neuberger and Julie Kolinske had 10 kills apiece and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee committed just six hitting errors en route to a convincing 25-10, 25-16, 25-13 win over Wright State Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers' defense also kept pace, collecting 13.5 blocks while limiting the Raiders to a .047 hitting clip.
The Last Meeting
September 27, 2013
Balanced Offense Leads Panthers Past Oakland In League Opener
Myanna Ruiz had 15 kills to lead five Panthers in double figures as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee captured a 25-21, 25-12, 27-29, 25-17 win over Oakland Friday night at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers (5-8, 1-0 Horizon) actually controlled much of the match but let the third set slip away before regaining control to pull away in the fourth.
Printable Weekly Notebook
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team opens the second half of Horizon League play with a pair of road matches. UWM is at Wright State Friday night and Oakland Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers continued their unbeaten run through the first half of Horizon League play with a pair of sweeps this past weekend. Milwaukee is now 7-0 in league play, tied for its fourth-best league start ever.
Rachel Neuberger was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after a pair of dominating performances. The senior averaged 5.83 kills per set while hitting .542.
UWM has been statistically dominant in its seven 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 25-0
#UWM is 89-23 against @HorizonLeague teams in Susie Johnson's six-plus seasons as head coach
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team starts the second half of Horizon League play with road matches at Wright State and Oakland.
Scouting The Weekend
Wright State enters the weekend 6-19 overall and 0-7 in league play ... the Raiders have dropped 11-straight matches ... opponents are hitting .238 against WSU ... Heidi Splinter leads the Raiders in kills ... Oakland enters the weekend 9-13 overall and 3-4 in league play ... OU bounced back from an 0-2 start in league play to win three of their last five league outings ... opponents are hitting .220 against the Grizzlies ... UWM beat each of these teams during the first half of league play, knocking off Oakland in four sets before sweeping past Wright State ... the Panthers have won nine-straight over Wright State, while the contest in September was the first-ever meeting between Milwaukee and Oakland.
Eyeing Up A Fast Start
Milwaukee is off to a 7-0 start in Horizon League play, as it has made it halfway through the league schedule unscathed. The start is tied for the fourth-best in school history, equaling the 7-0 start UWM put together in 1998. The Panthers have gone all the way through league play unbeaten one time, posting a 16-0 mark in 2011. The other better starts are a 10-0 beginning in 2003 and an 8-0 opening in 1999. Milwaukee has now started at least 5-0 in league play four times in seven seasons under Susie Johnson. 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. Now, Milwaukee is looking for its ninth Horizon League regular season title in the last 11 years and UWM is 89-23 against league teams in Susie Johnson's six-plus seasons as head coach.
After opening the league schedule with five of its first seven matches at home, the Panthers will now face five of seven on the road in the second half of league play. But hitting the road shouldn't be daunting for Milwaukee, which is playing 18 of its 26 regular season matches someplace other than its homecourt. Before a rough 1-6 league road record a year ago, the Panthers had rattled off 17-straight road victories against league foes. Plus, in six-plus seasons under Susie Johnson, Milwaukee is 33-15 against league teams on the road.
Recapping Last Week
UWM was nearly flawless in collecting sweeps of Cleveland State and Youngstown State this past weekend at the Klotsche Center. Friday against Cleveland, Rachel Neuberger had 20 kills and UWM hit .339 as a team as the Panthers never trailed in the first or third sets and fought back from an early deficit in the second frame. Then Saturday against Youngstown, Neuberger had 15 kills to lead three players in double figures as the Panthers hit a stellar .381 for the match.
Hard To Be Much Better
It would be difficult to put together a more impressive offensive weekend than senior Rachel Neuberger posted against Cleveland State and Youngstown State, with the two efforts earning her Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Her stat totals included an average of 5.83 kills per set and a .542 hitting clip. She committed just three hitting errors the entire weekend and is now hitting .400 in league play. Neuberger, the league's preseason offensive player of the year, currently stands second in league-only matches in both kills per set and hitting percentage. She also continues to stand out defensively, averaging 1.30 blocks per set.
UWM has been statistically dominant in its seven 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 16.04-10.91 advantage in kills per set and a .299-.138 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 74th 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 .138 hitting clip in league play, the Panthers are averaging nearly 17 digs per set while adding 2.41 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. 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
The Panthers have certainly found their offensive stride in the first seven league matches of the season. Milwaukee is hitting .299 against league foes and is averaging 16.04 kills per set. The Panthers hit a season-best .386 in a win over Wright State and have also hit better than .300 three other times. Setter Kayla Price has been directing the Panther offense flawlessly, averaging 12.26 assists per set. She is also spreading the wealth around, as five different hitters have collected at least one double-figure kill outing. The Panthers have still never lost to a Horizon League opponent with Price as a starting setter, a mark that has now reached 25-0.
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.