Saturday, September 13, 2008

Felsing, Schmitting Earn All-Tournament Honors

One day after completing play at the MSU Showcase, Natalie Schmitting and Lauren Felsing were named to the all-tournament team at the event.

The news came after the tournament wrapped up Saturday night with Michigan State beating UCONN in three sets. That means the Panthers also finished second in the event, posting a 2-1 mark. UWM played its matches in the tournament Thursday and Friday, returning to Milwaukee early Saturday morning.

Felsing was spectacular in the back row all weekend, but especially so in the five-set win over UCONN. She had 23 digs in the match, and along with Lauren Hintze, Becky Peters and others consistently frustrated the Huskies' hitters in the match. Meanwhile, with the Panthers listening to the advice of head coach Susie Johnson and setting the middle, Schmitting took advantage with 17 kills in the win over UCONN. On the weekend, Schmitting had 31 kills and never hit below .467 in a match.

The statistical highlights for the weekend for the two honorees look like this:
Schmitting - 2.82 kills per set; .529 hitting pct; 7 blocks
Felsing - 4.18 digs per set; just one receiving error in 74 chances

It is the third week in a row Felsing has claimed an honor. She was the league defensive player of the week after week one and was named to the all-tournament team at Bradley last week.

By the way, the win over UCONN marked UWM's fifth-straight over a Big East foe.