Monday, April 13, 2009

One Final Spring Competition Weekend

I do plan to post a full spring recap on the main site sometime this week, but I did want to quickly recap the results from the final weekend of spring competition for the Panther volleyball team.

Last Thursday at the Klotsche Center, the Panthers pulled out a five-set thriller over crosstown rival Marquette. Head coach Susie Johnson was excited about how her team played in a match that felt a lot more like a regular season contest than a spring exhibition tilt.

Then Saturday at Northwestern, the Panthers actually split into two teams and found their stride by the afternoon. After losing to both the host Wildcats and UIC during the morning session, each of the UWM teams beat NU and UIC during the afternoon. And understand, these weren't split into an 'A' and 'B' team. The squads were pretty balanced, meaning UWM pulled out some wins in the afternoon with defensive specialists Lauren Felsing and Lauren Hintze, for example, playing in the front row. Neither of the other two teams split their squads, as the event was a four-team tournament with two of those teams coming from UWM.

While the competitive portion of the spring is over, the Panthers will run practices through this week. Then they will be officially off until preseason practice opens in early August.