Oct. 29, 2012
Tues. Oct. 30 7 p.m. CST Marquette (20-4)
Klotsche Center Milwaukee, Wis.
Golden Eagles have won 20 matches for 3rd-straight season
Fri. Nov. 2 7 p.m. CST UIC (15-12, 7-4 Horizon)
Klotsche Center Milwaukee, Wis.
Flames tied with Loyola for 3rd place in league
Sat. Nov. 3 2 p.m. CST Loyola (15-9, 7-4 Horizon)
Klotsche Center Milwaukee, Wis.
Ramblers dropped two this weekend to fall into 3rd place
The Last Meeting
September 15, 2012
Milwaukee, Wis. (Al McGuire Center)
Marquette Pulls Away For Four-Set Win Over Milwaukee
Lindsey Gosh had 16 kills and Holly Mertens added 14 as Marquette knocked off the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-10, Saturday night in the final match of the Marquette Invitational. Julie Kolinske had 22 kills while Elizabeth Egerer added 10 for Milwaukee (5-8), which looked extremely comfortable in the first set but could never find its stride after that.
The Last Meeting
October 6, 2012
Banged-Up Panthers Put Up Fight Before Falling In Five-Setter At UIC
Five players reached double figures in kills and UIC scored six of the final eight points in the decisive fifth set to claim a 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday afternoon at the Flames Athletic Center. Elizabeth Egerer had 20 kills to lead Milwaukee (7-11, 2-3), which has now played three 5-set matches in its first five league outings, including in both matches this weekend in Chicago.
The Last Meeting
October 5, 2012
Panthers Drop Five-Setter At Loyola
Anna Eytchison had 25 kills and Loyola seized control of the deciding fifth set quickly in claiming a 23-25, 25-13, 20-25, 25-16, 15-9 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Friday night at the Gentile Center. The Ramblers (12-6, 4-1 Horizon) scored nine of the first 11 points of the final frame in taking control for the victory. UWM was able to rally within 9-6 and 12-9 but could not get over the hump.
Printable Weekly Release
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team heads into a busy three-match week. The Panthers play Tuesday against crosstown rival Marquette at the Klotsche Center before hosting UIC and Loyola in league contests this weekend.
The Panthers dropped a four-set decision at Green Bay Friday night. UWM won the first set but before the Phoenix controlled the final three frames.
Seniors Anna Bartz and Elizabeth Egerer will play their final home games this week. Bartz appeared in her 100th career match Friday in Green Bay and the libero is nearing 1,000 career digs. Meanwhile, Egerer has tallied 866 kills in her three seasons at UWM.
All-league setter Kayla Price is out for the year with a hand injury she suffered in mid-September.
UWM has played eight 5-set matches this season, with seven of its 15 losses having gone the distance.
The Week Ahead
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team has a very busy week ahead. UWM hosts Marquette Tuesday night in a non-league contest before the Panthers welcome UIC and Loyola to the Klotsche Center this weekend.
Milwaukee is playing Marquette for the second time this season ... Marquette has beaten UWM five-straight times, with the Panthers' last win coming in 2007 ... the Golden Eagles are 20-4, their third-straight 20-win season ... Loyola is 15-9 overall and 7-4 in the Horizon League ... transfer Anna Eytchison is averaging 4.33 kills per set on the season ... the Panthers saw a 12-match winning streak in the series end earlier this year ... UIC is 15-12 overall and 7-4 in league play ... UIC has gone 13-7 after a four-match losing streak that included a loss to #2 Penn State ... the Flames have five players averaging better than two kills per set ... UIC has beaten UWM just three times since 1996 ... the Flames' last win over the Panthers in Milwaukee came in 1994.
The First Matchups
UWM fell to all three of this week's opponents in the first matchups between the two teams. In September against Marquette, the Panthers won the first set but dropped the next three. Julie Kolinske had 22 kills while Elizabeth Egerer added 10 for Milwaukee. Then in Chicago in early October, UWM dropped a pair of five-set heartbreakers. At Loyola, the Panthers won the first and third sets to go ahead in the match but then had as many kills as errors over the final two frames. Elizabeth Egerer had 18 kills to lead three Panthers in double figures. At UIC, UWM again was up two sets to one but the Flames struck back to win the last two frames. Egerer had 20 kills to spark Milwaukee's offense while Anna Bartz had a collegiate-best 31 digs to lead the defensive efforts.
Looking Back At Green Bay
Monica Anderson had 14 kills to lead a balanced Green Bay attack as the Phoenix beat UWM 21-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-18 Friday night at the Kress Center. Julie Kolinske had 17 kills and Elizabeth Egerer added 12 for Milwaukee, but the Panthers could not overcome 29 hitting errors. Milwaukee did get strong contributions in the back row from Egerer (17 digs) and Anna Bartz (17 digs), while Rachel Neuberger had six blocks in the front row.
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 will be playing its final home matches this week after topping a very young roster this season. In fact, Egerer, Bartz and junior Rachel Neuberger are the only three non-freshmen or sophomores on the team. Egerer and Bartz have combined to appear in 173 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. Bartz appeared in her 100th career match Friday in Green Bay and the libero is nearing 1,000 career digs. Meanwhile, Egerer has tallied 866 kills in her three seasons at UWM.
Fighting For Position
UWM enters the final two weekends of the regular season looking to move back into the top six in the league, as the first six in the standings qualify for the league tournament. The Panthers will enter play Friday in seventh place, one win behind both Green Bay and Youngstown State in the league standings. Green Bay and Milwaukee play identical schedules over the final two weekends, while Youngstown State has Valparaiso, Wright State and Cleveland State left on its schedule.
UWM has been pushed to the limit a number of times this season. The Panthers have now played eight 5-set matches this season, including four of their last eight league contests. The five-setters haven't gone the way of the Panthers, though, as UWM is 1-7 in 5-set contests this year. That's quite a change from recent seasons, as Milwaukee entered this year 25-12 in five-set matches under Susie Johnson. Plus, the eight 5-setters have UWM threatening the school record of 11 five-set contests, set in 1998.
The Injury Bug
It's getting hard to ignore the fact Milwaukee seems to find itself noticeably shorthanded as the season moves along. The situation got slightly better for Milwaukee two weekends ago, as Taylor Golabowski returned from a seven-week absence to play some in the back row. Golabowski had broken her hand in practice in late August and has still only played a limited role in her return. But, all-league setter Kayla Price is out for the season. She suffered a hand injury midway through the match at Marquette Sept. 15 and is now done for the season following surgery.
Just Being Julie
Julie Kolinske continues to put together a stellar sophomore season. The outside hitter is leading the team in kills, averaging 3.80 kills per set, while she stands second on the team in digs with 3.17 per frame. She has collected 20 or more kills in a match four times this year and has posted a pair of 20-plus-dig outings. Kolinske now has had a double-double in 10 of her last 15 matches and she has 16 double-doubles this season.
Rachel Neuberger put together the best blocking weekend in Milwaukee volleyball history three weeks ago and it helped her earn Horizon League Volleyball Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors. Neuberger tallied 27 total blocks in the two matches, averaging three blocks per set in the contests against Wright State and Valparaiso. She had 10 blocks in UWM's win over the Raiders on Friday and followed that performance with an individual and league-best 17 blocks in Milwaukee's 3-2 loss to the Crusaders the next day. Neuberger tallied eight solo blocks among her 27 over the weekend, becoming the first Panther since Natalie Schmitting in 2007 to reach double figures in blocks in consecutive matches. She currently sits second in the league in blocks during league-only matches and has posted two of the six double-figure blocking efforts around the league this season. Neuberger is also up to 337 career blocks, a number that is already eighth on the school's all-time list.
Emptying The Notebook
Amber Simonton has earned the first eight starts of her career over the last five weekends as coach Susie Johnson adjusted her lineup to try to improve UWM's blocking efforts. The move has helped, as Simonton has collected 24 blocks over the eight outings ... Hannah Blanchard has made her first 10 collegiate starts at setter in the absence of Kayla Price and is averaging 9.83 assists per frame ... Milwaukee is counting on four true freshmen. Maggie Dunbar has had 49 kills in her last five outings. Maisey Mulvey has been part of the back row rotation throughout the year and has reached double figures in digs 11 times. Nicole Latzig has also started 15 matches while Sammi Herron has 81 kills in 48 sets ... UWM was picked to repeat as champions of the league in a preseason poll of the league's coaches while three Panthers earned a spot on the preseason all-league team. The Panthers claimed seven first-place votes and 49 points while senior Elizabeth Egerer, junior Rachel Neuberger and sophomore Kayla Price were named to the seven-person squad ... the loss to Cleveland State a month ago snapped a 26-match regular season league winning streak but UWM has still won 42 of its last 50 regular season league contests. Milwaukee is 189-32 in league matches over the last 15-plus seasons.