Nov. 6, 2012
Sat. Nov. 10 1 p.m. CST @ Wright St. (2-28, 0-12 Horizon)
McLin Gymnasium Dayton, Ohio
Raiders are eliminated from league tournament contention; WSU has dropped 13-straight matches
Sun. Nov. 11 2 p.m. CST @ Valparaiso (18-11, 8-4 Horizon)
Athletics Recreation Center Valparaiso, Ind.
Crusaders part of three-team battle for second place and bye into semifinals of league tournament
The Last Meeting
October 12, 2012
Defense Leads The Way As Panthers Knock Off Wright State
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee tallied 101 digs and 13 blocks in a stellar defensive effort to claim a 26-28, 25-18, 25-22, 27-25 win over Wright State Friday night at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers (8-11, 3-3) limited the Raiders to a .097 hitting clip as three players tallied at least 20 dgs and Rachel Neuberger collected 10 blocks. Anna Bartz led the way in the back row with 26 digs while Julie Kolinske added 22 and Elizabeth Egerer 20.
The Last Meeting
October 13, 2012
Comeback Lands Just Short As Panthers Fall To Valparaiso
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team fought back from a two-set deficit but could not pull out the win in falling 25-15, 25-23, 24-26, 21-25, 18-16 to Valparaiso Saturday at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers were able to fight off two match-points in the final frame before the Crusaders closed things out behind a kill from Mary Dent and a UWM hitting error.
Printable Weekly Notebook
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team wraps up the 2012 regular season with weekend matches at Wright State and Valparaiso.
The Panthers need to win both of their matches this weekend to remain alive for a berth in the Horizon League Tournament. The top six teams in the standings advance to the tournament, with UWM entering the weekend in seventh place.
Milwaukee dropped its final two home matches of the season. Friday vs. UIC, UWM won the first set before falling. Then Saturday, UWM won the third set but couldn't complete a comeback.
Seniors Anna Bartz and Elizabeth Egerer are playing their final regular season matches this weekend and are hoping to extend their careers. Bartz appeared in her 100th career match two weeks ago in Green Bay and passed 1,000 career digs this weekend. Meanwhile, Egerer has tallied 902 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.
The Week Ahead
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's volleyball team wraps up its regular season with weekend matches at Wright State and Valparaiso.
The Raiders enter the weekend 0-12 in league play and 2-28 overall ... WSU has been eliminated from league tournament contention ... the Raiders have dropped 13-straight matches ... Heidi Splinter averages better than three kills per set for WSU ... Valparaiso enters the weekend 8-4 in league play and 18-11 overall ... the Crusaders are in a three-team battle for second place and a bye into the league tournament semifinals ... four different VU players average at least two kills per set.
The First Matchups
Milwaukee split its two matches when Wright State and Valparaiso visited the Klotsche Center in October. The Panthers knocked off Wright State Friday night before dropping a five-set heartbreaker to Valparaiso Saturday. Against the Raiders, UWM tallied 101 digs and 13 blocks in capturing the four-set win. The Panthers also had 63 kills to just 45 for the Raiders, who hit just .097 for the match. The next day against the Crusaders, UWM rallied from two-sets down but lost 18-16 in the fifth frame. The Panthers tallied 19 blocks as a team and hit .300 in the fifth set but couldn't pull out the win. Rachel Neuberger did earn league defensive player of the week honors after her performances in the two matches, tallying 27 total blocks
Looking Back At The Weekend
UWM wrapped up its 2012 home schedule with a pair of four-set league losses. Friday night against UIC, the Panthers won the first set before falling in the next three Flames. Milwaukee forced 29 UIC hitting errors but the Flames still had a 64-52 edge in kills and a 79-68 lead in digs. Saturday against Loyola, the Panthers bounced back after losing the first two sets to win the third frame. Then Loyola quickly seized control of the fourth set in claiming the victory. LUC had 16 blocks to control the Milwaukee offense.
Elizabeth Egerer and Anna Bartz are wrapping up their careers in Milwaukee. Egerer has been a standout outside hitter for the last three seasons in Milwaukee after transferring in as a sophomore. She enters the weekend with 902 kills, 359 digs and 123 blocks in her three years. This season, she has reached double figures in kills 19 times and has now done it 50 times in her career. Egerer earned a spot on the league's all-newcomer team in 2010 and then was an all-league performer a season ago after a stellar regular season. She topped that with an impressive run in the league championships, earning tournament MVP honors. Bartz will be playing in her 105th career match Saturday, performing in a regular role in the back row during all four of her years in Milwaukee. She also starts the weekend with 1,012 digs, good for 10th on the school's all-time list. This season, Bartz has been in double figures in all but two matches and now has posted 47 career double-figure dig efforts. She has also had 20 or more digs eight times and had 31 in a match earlier this year.
Fighting For Position
UWM enters the final weekend 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 start the week in seventh place, needing to win both matches this weekend to remain in contention for the league tournament. Should UWM win two contests, it could forge a tie for fifth or sixth place with Green Bay and/or Youngstown State, with a variety of tiebreakers then coming into play.
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 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 threatened 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 three weeks, 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. Plus, players like Julie Kolinske and Rachel Neuberger continue to play through injuries that have plagued them much of the season.
Just Being Julie
Julie Kolinske continues to put together a stellar sophomore season. The outside hitter is leading the team in kills, averaging 3.75 kills per set, while she stands second on the team in digs with 3.12 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 11 of her last 18 matches and she has 17 double-doubles this season.
Rachel Neuberger put together the best blocking weekend in Milwaukee volleyball history four 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 349 career blocks, a number that is already eighth on the school's all-time list.
Emptying The Notebook
Amber Simonton has earned a starting nod much of the league season as coach Susie Johnson adjusted her lineup to try to improve UWM's blocking efforts. The move has helped, as Simonton has collected 32 blocks in league play ... Milwaukee actually reached double figures in blocking as a team in both matches this past weekend. Simonton had six blocks vs. Loyola ... Hannah Blanchard has made her first 12 collegiate starts at setter in the absence of Kayla Price and is averaging 9.84 assists per frame ... Milwaukee is counting on four true freshmen. Maggie Dunbar has seen time in the front row, appearing in 60 sets while collecting 114 kills. 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 and has 32 kills and 52 blocks, while Sammi Herron has 104 kills in 59 sets ... Herron had nine kills against UIC and then added 11 more vs. Loyola this weekend ... UWM's roster includes 10 freshmen and sophomores, with Elizabeth Egerer, Anna Bartz and Rachel Neuberger the only upperclassmen.