Thursday, September 29, 2011

Come Out and Cheer on the Panthers on Saturday!

The Milwaukee men's soccer team has started Horizon League play 2-0 after a thrilling last-second double-overtime victory over Green Bay Wednesday evening.

Up next, the Panthers welcome Cleveland State to Engelmann Stadium Saturday night. Need another reason to come out and join the crowd? How about a nice freebie to the first 500 in attendance?? Kick off is 7 p.m. - be there!

Volleyball's National Numbers

Now that we are halfway through the volleyball season - at least in matches played - the NCAA's statistical rankings start to take on a little more merit. And, this week's update finds the Panthers well represented.

As a team, UWM ranks 31st nationally in digs per set and 32nd in kills per set. Milwaukee is also 49th in assists per set and 51st in winning percentage.

On the individual stat lists, freshman Kayla Price is 47th in the country in assists per set (10.75), which Rachel Neuberger is 56th in hitting percentage (.357). Plus, Kerri Schuh is 95th in kills per set, particularly notable because of the great balance the Panthers have had on offense all season long.

Milwaukee vs. Green Bay Match Report

Milwaukee 3; Green Bay 2 (OT2)
Sept. 28, 2011 - Engelmann Stadium

Man of the Match: It has to go to Cody Banks, who netted the game-winner to help UWM reclaim the Chancellor's Cup for the first time since 2007. He subbed into the game in the second overtime just minutes earlier and gave the Panthers one of their latest-ever victories as far as time left on the clock goes. In a night full of great endings in the sports world, the Panthers and Banks added to it.

Offensive Charge: The UWM offense continues to find the net, scoring three more goals to give the team 18 goals on the season. For perspective, the Panthers tallied 17 goals in all of 2010 and just 12 in the 2009 campaign. The team recorded 24 more shots tonight with Banks and Jamie Bladen each scoring, giving UWM its eighth and ninth different player to score goals this season.

Freshman in Net: Josh Rohde made seven saves and is now 2-0 in his first two collegiate starts. The second goal he allowed tonight came on a deflection and he made several highlight-reel saves to keep Green Bay out of the net.

Home Crowd: Another great crowd was on hand tonight, as 891 came out to Engelmann to cheer on the victory, including an enthusiastic student section that managed to join the Panthers' victory pile on the field following Banks' goal. The team is now averaging 868 fans through six home games.

Up next: The Panthers welcome Cleveland State Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vienna Behnke Makes UWM Singing Debut

Milwaukee women's soccer freshman Vienna Behnke surprised her team by performing the national anthem before its Sept. 11 game against Wisconsin. We talked to Vienna about her singing debut, performing on September 11 and surprising her teammates with her gift. Stay tuned to the end for her uncut performance.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Milwaukee v. Detroit Match Report

#15/12 Milwaukee 2, Detroit 1
Sept. 25, 2011 – Engelmann Stadium (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Woman of the Match: Sarah Hagen. Sarah assisted on the first goal and scored the second. It was the fourth-straight game-winner for her. She finished the weekend with a pair of three-point games and now has 13 goals and 4 assists this season.

NOTES: Milwaukee is now 15-7-2 all-time against Detroit … Makenzie Gillaspie came out of a game for the first time this season when she suffered an injury and did not return in the 18th minute … this was the first game Milwaukee played in any precipitation this season … Hagen’s four-straight game-winners is a school record … three other times a player has scored game-winners in three-straight games … Hagen now has 80 career goals and 181 points … her goals are tied for 18th in NCAA Division I history … her assists are tied with Mara Thompson for fifth in school history … Keara Thompson is now seventh in school history with 20 assists and tied for eighth with 46 career points … Hagen already has seven game-winners this season, tying her own school record (2010) … her 30 points are already tied for ninth-most in a single season.

Iron Woman Watch (Played every minute this season): 1015+ minutes (Forbes)

Up Next: The Panthers heads to Wright State next Saturday.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Match Report - Horizon League Weekend #2

Match #14 – Milwaukee 3, Butler 0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-14)
Match #15 – Milwaukee 3, Wright State 0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-16)

Butler Recap and Stats
Wright State Recap and Stats

Player Of The Weekend: You could pick any one of five hitters and not get much of an argument, but when the offense is that good it is hard to not pick the setter as the star. Kayla Price averaged 12.33 assists per set in the two wins, leading the Panthers to better than .300 hitting performances in both matches. Over the first four matches of league play, she is atop the assists chart. And, on the overall stat sheet, she is second in the league in the category.

Key Stats: There was nothing to complain about when it came to the Panther offense this weekend. UWM hit .335 over the two matches, committing just 22 hitting errors while averaging nearly 16 kills per set. Five different players averaged better than two kills for set and none of those players hit worse than .283 for the weekend.

News and Notes: UWM is 4-0 in Horizon League play for the second-straight season … the Panthers hit .351 Saturday against Wright State after hitting .317 in the win over Butler Friday. This is the first time Milwaukee has hit better than .300 in back-to-back matches since 2006 … that year, UWM hit .351 against Wright State on Nov. 11 and .301 against Youngstown State Nov. 17 … the Panthers also hit better than .300 in three-straight matches earlier that season, doing it in all three contests at a tournament at Alabama … Milwaukee is hitting .288 in league play so far this season … after winning eight matches in four or five sets to start the season, the Panthers have won in three sets three times in a row … UWM has won 18 of its last 19 against Wright State … the Panthers are now 35-4 at home against league teams under Susie Johnson … Morgan Potter has now reached double figures in digs 50 times in her career. She has 942 career digs … Rachel Neuberger (.750 vs. Wright State) and Mackenzie Millis (.700 vs. Butler) both set collegiate-bests for hitting percentage this weekend.

Up Next: UWM hits the road for the first time in league, heading to Ohio for the weekend. Action starts Friday night with a first-place showdown at Cleveland State.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Milwaukee v. Western Illinois Match Report

#15/12 Milwaukee 4, Western Illinois 0
Sept. 23, 2011 – Engelmann Stadium (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Woman of the Match: Laurel Ragalie. Laurel scored two great goals. Enough said.

NOTES: Milwaukee has now won both all-time meetings with Western Illinois ... Sarah Hagen is the fourth player in school history, and the first since 2006, to score game-winners in three-straight games for UWM ... she is the sixth player in school history to 20 career assists ... her other career totals include 79 goals and 178 points ... her goals are tied for 19th in NCAA Division I history ... Milwaukee scored a season-high four goals for the second-straight game ... its 31 shots and 13 corners are also season-highs ... Ragalie cracked the top-10 for goals scored in school history with 14 (tied for ninth) ... the Panthers debuted new black jerseys ... Jamie Forbes picked up her 20th career win, tied for fourth in school history ... her six shutouts this season are tied for sixth in school history ... Hagen is up to 27 points this season, already tied for 10th in school history.

Iron Woman Watch (Played every minute this season): 925+ minutes (Gillaspie, Forbes)

Up Next: The Panthers host Detroit Sunday.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Catching Up With Lindsay Laur

Lindsay Laur signed a professional contract with the Carolina Giants of the National Superior Basketball League in Puerto Rico in mid-August.

She is now about a month into her first season as a pro and has played in all eight games the team has had. She leads the team in points with 134, averaging 16.8 ppg to go along with 8.3 rebounds per game.

Laur is 45-of-88 from the floor (.511), 8-of-21 from three-point range (.381) and, as usual, an impressive 20-of-23 (.870) from the free throw line.

She netted 26 points against San German Sept. 7, but then quickly eclipsed that season-high with a 27 point/9 rebound effort (9-for-13 from the floor) in an 81-72 win over Ponce Sept. 17.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Women's Basketball Photo Shoot

The women's basketball team spent some time this morning in the studio and on the court at the Klotshce Center taking pictures that will eventually end up on the schedule poster and media guide cover. I thought I would add a few "behind the scenes" pictures to see what all goes in to the finished product.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Live Blog: Men's Soccer at UAB

Join assistant SID Chris Zills for the live blog of the men's soccer game at UAB in Birmingham, Ala.

Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Match Report - Horizon League Weekend #1

Match #12 – Milwaukee 3, Green Bay 1 (25-23, 25-15, 24-26, 25-23)

Match #13 – Milwaukee 3, Loyola 0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-21)

Green Bay Recap and Stats

Loyola Recap and Stats

Player Of The Weekend: One of the great things developing recently for the Panthers is the variety of people stepping forward on offense, especially in the absence of starting outside hitter Elizabeth Egerer. Friday night, Milwaukee looked to the middle in its win over Green Bay, and senior Mackenzie Millis responded with a collegiate-best 17 kills. Saturday, Melissa Jansen stepped forward on the outside, collecting 11 kills as one of three players in double figures in the sweep of Loyola.

Key Stats: There isn’t much to complain about with UWM’s offense over the two matches this weekend. The Panthers wound up hitting .253, committing just 33 hitting errors over seven sets. Milwaukee had five players average at least two kills per set.

News and Notes: UWM has now won 16 of its last 17 against Green Bay … the Panthers have won 11-straight over Loyola … Milwaukee is now 33-4 against league teams at the Klotsche Center under Susie Johnson … the Panthers are 45-13 at home under Johnson overall … UWM has won 14 of its last 16 Horizon League openers … Mackenzie Millis’ 17 kills Friday were a collegiate-high and marked the third time this season she has been in double figures in kills … Millis now has 63 kills this season, surpassing the 59 career kills she started the year with … Taylor Golabowski’s 15 digs Friday marked a collegiate-best for the freshman … Morgan Potter’s 24 digs Friday tied her season high … Saturday’s win was the first three-set victory of the season for Milwaukee … UWM had 11 blocks, the third time this season the Panthers have reached double figures in the category … Melissa Jansen’s 11 kills against Loyola marked a season-high … Milwaukee has now had seven different players post at least one double-figure kill outing this season.

Up Next: UWM stays home for two more league matches, hosting Butler Friday and Wright State Saturday.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Milwaukee v. Cleveland State Match Report

#17/11 Milwaukee 4, Cleveland State 0
Sept. 16, 2011 – Krenzler Field (Cleveland, Ohio)

Woman of the Match: Helen Steinhauser. Helen tallied a career-high three assists in helping pace the Panther offense.

NOTES: Steinhauser is the 10th player in school history to tally three-or-more assists in a game. Her three are tied for the fourth most … Milwaukee is now 12-0 all-time vs. Cleveland State, outscoring the Vikings, 54-2, all-time … Sarah Hagen is now tied for 21st in NCAA Division I history with 78 career goals … the game-winner was her 23rd career and nation-best fifth this season … UWM’s four goals are a season high and four shots allowed a season low … Keara Thompson tied Hagen for sixth in school history with 19 career assists … Hagen made her 74th career start, tied for 10th in school history … Hagen has scored the game-winner in back-to-back games now six times in her career … Sara Stern started in place of Amy Kauffung. Kauffung broke her nose last Sunday and had started the first eight games … Friday’s game was the 500th in school history. The Panthers are 275-175-50 all-time … the win also the 90th league win since UWM joined the conference for the 1994 season … the previous best record in school history after nine games was 7-1-1 in 2008 … Milwaukee won its first league game for the 14th-straight season and is 16-1-1 all-time in league openers.

Iron Woman Watch (Played every minute this season): 835+ minutes (Gillaspie, Forbes)

Up Next: The Panthers return home to host Western Illinois and Detroit next weekend.

Milwaukee vs. Gardner-Webb Match Report

Milwaukee 1; Gardner-Webb 2
Sept. 16, 2011 - West Campus Field (Birmingham, Ala.)

Man of the Match: Freshman Nick Langford recorded the first goal of his career and most of the people watching this one also expected it to be the game-winner. He finished with three of UWM's six shot attempts in the contest.

About that Goal: UWM had nine different players score goals a year ago. In just six games this season, Langford was the sixth different player to find the back of the net.

Another Late Lead: At 3-3-0, the Panthers have played well all season. They held a 1-0 lead until the final minutes tonight and also led Northeastern, 1-0, until late in the match in their last loss.

Scary Moment: Freshman Richard Johnson went down hard on a late collision and was motionless on the field for a brief time before getting up under his own power. I saw him after the game and he seems to be OK. We will see what his status is for Sunday.

Stat of the Match: After averaging close to 20 shots a game, the Panthers recorded a season-low six in tonight's game. The lowest previous total since the start of the 2010 campaign was nine against Wisconsin last season.

SID Side Note: It's not often I get to sit a few stories above the action for a soccer game, but tonight I had quite the seat atop a large set of scaffolding that made for an interesting night. In case you were wondering, see the picture below to see the staircase they have set up at UAB.

Up Next: The road does not get any easier for Milwaukee, taking on UAB Sunday to close out the weekend. The host Blazers knocked off #20 VCU, 2-1, in overtime, to improve to 4-0-2 on the season.

Live Blog: Men's Soccer vs. Gardner-Webb

Join assistant SID Chris Zills for the live blog of the men's soccer game at against Gardner-Webb in Birmingham, Ala.

Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Milwaukee v. Wisconsin Match Report

#14 Milwaukee 2, #24 Wisconsin 1 (ot)
Sept. 11, 2011 – Engelmann Stadium (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Woman of the Match: Sarah Hagen. "Apple" was a one-woman offensive display. She outshot Wisconsin on her own, 12-10, and scored both of UWM's goals. If it wasn't for some exceptional play by UW keeper Michele Dalton, Hagen would've finished with three or four goals.

NOTES: Milwaukee is now 6-19-5 all-time vs. Wisconsin ... Hagen now has five goals in five career games vs. Wisconsin ... the game-winner was her 22nd career, twice as many as any other player in school history ... she now has 76 goals and 171 career points ... her 76 goals are tied with England international Kelly Smith (Seton Hall) for 24th in NCAA Division I history ... today was UWM's second win over a ranked opponent (UW was #24 in Soccer America poll) ... Milwaukee finishes the regular season (so to speak) with a 3-0 record against the Big Ten ... the assists were the second career for Hannah Kaul and Mary Wandolowski ... Keara Thompson's assist was her fifth of the season and the 18th of her career, tied for seventh in school history ... today's attendance was the seventh-largest in school history ... the school record for shots in a game had been 12 by Cammy Polson Nov. 2, 1997 ... the previous best start in school history was 6-1-1 in 2008 ... Hagen's start was the 73rd of her career, 11th-most in school history.

Iron Woman Watch (Played every minute this season): 845+ minutes (Gillaspie, Forbes)

Up Next: The Panthers hit the road for the start of Horizon League play next Friday at Cleveland State

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Match Report - Milwaukee vs. Marquette

Match #10 – Marquette 3, Milwaukee 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-22)

Full Match Recap and Stats

Player Of The Match: Rachel Neuberger was really the player of the weekend for the Panthers. Saturday night she did have nine kills and hit .381.

Key Stats: Marquette dominated the match on offense. The Golden Eagles hit .333 to UWM’s .154, and had 47 kills to Milwaukee’s 34.

News and Notes: This marked the first time all season the Panthers did not have a player in double figures in either kills or digs … Kerri Schuh now has 994 career kills … Rachel Neuberger and Morgan Potter earned spots on the all-tournament team for Milwaukee.

Up Next: UWM plays at Western Michigan Tuesday night.

Milwaukee Invitational All-Tournament Team

A six-person all-tournament team was named by the participating coaches following the conclusion of the event Saturday night.

Ashley Beyer – Marquette (MVP)
Julie Jeziorowski - Marquette
Danielle Carlson - Marquette
Rachel Neuberger – Milwaukee
Morgan Potter – Milwaukee
Ashley Mell - Southern Miss

Marquette won the event with a 3-0 record, while Milwaukee was 2-1. Southern Miss finished 1-2 while Akron was 0-3.

Milwaukee vs. Marquette Match Report

Milwaukee 2; Marquette 1
Sept. 9, 2011 - Engelmann Stadium

Man of the Match: This one goes to goalkeeper John Shakon, who made several brilliant stops among his seven saves to help UWM keep possession of the Milwaukee Cup. He did have his scoreless streak snapped at 261:28 when Marquette finally scored, but has been playing very well the past three games.

First Impressions: Senior Ross Van Osdol made his first appearance of the season, playing 31 minutes. He started in the midfield and recorded a pair of shots and moved to the back line when freshman Zach Stevenson left with injury. Freshman Nick Langford saw his first action, setting up Keegan Ziada's game-winner with a beautiful through ball late in the first half. Sophomore Robby Boyd also saw his first action, playing 14 minutes after starting the second half.

Streaks: The three-game winning streak is UWM's first since winning four in a row at the end of the 2006 campaign. At 3-1-0, it's also the best four-game start since a similar mark in 2003. A quick recap: 2010: 1-2-1; 2009: 1-3-0; 2008: 1-2-1; 2007: 0-4-0; 2006: 2-2-0; 2005: 2-1-1; 2004: 1-1-2; 2003: 3-1-0.

Up next: The Panthers welcome back Northeastern, which played Wright State to a 1-1 draw Friday before the Milwaukee Cup game. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Match Report - Milwaukee Invitational Day One

Match #8 – Milwaukee 3, Akron 1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18)

Match #9 – Milwaukee 3, Southern Mississippi 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23)

Akron Full Match Recap and Stats

Southern Miss Full Match Recap and Stats

Player Of The Day: Rachel Neuberger was great last weekend at Drake and has done nothing but continue that trend this weekend. She collected 14 kills and seven blocks in the win over Akron in the afternoon, then had 16 kills while hitting .481 in the victory over Southern Mississippi. For the season she is hitting .374 and is up to second on the team in kills.

Key Stats: Defense has always been a cornerstone of the Panthers’ success and those numbers got a little better again Friday. Against Akron, UWM recovered from allowing the Zips to hit .278 in the first frame by limiting them to hitting percentages of .108, .070 and .121 the rest of the way. Milwaukee also outdug Akron, 69-51. Then against Southern Miss, Milwaukee held the Eagles to a .088 hitting clip and collected 14.5 blocks. The Panthers also had 81 digs.

News and Notes: UWM will be playing for the Milwaukee Invitational crown Saturday. It is trying to win two in-season tournaments in the same year for the first time since 2007 … the Panthers’ 7-2 start is their best since 2007, when they were 8-1 after nine matches … UWM is now 4-2 all-time against Akron and 2-0 against Southern Mississippi … Mackenzie Millis equaled her collegiate-best with 10 kills against Akron and set a new collegiate-high with nine blocks against USM … after sitting out against Akron to assist in her injury recovery, Elizabeth Egerer returned to the lineup against USM and had 13 kills …. Kerri Schuh played in her 100th career match Friday night … Schuh is up to 987 career kills … Schuh and Neuberger have each reached double figures in kills in five-straight matches … Morgan Potter has been in double figures in digs in 14-straight matches.

Up Next: UWM hosts Marquette Saturday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Milwaukee v. Marquette Match Report

#12 Marquette 1, #14 Milwaukee 0 (2ot)
Sept. 7, 2011 – Engelmann Stadium (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Woman of the Match: Jamie Forbes. Once again, Jamie came up big in goal. She made nine saves and was the KFC Man of the Match on the Fox Soccer Broadcast. With two tremendous saves in the first half, she set the tone for the defense in the game.

NOTES: This was the 20th meeting between Milwaukee and Marquette and the eighth to go to overtime ... MU evened the all-time series at 7-7-6 ... this was UWM's first game against a ranked team as a ranked team ... the Panthers are now 11-5-1 as a ranked side and 2-26-5 against ranked foes in team history ... the attendance of 2,212 was a school record by over 900 fans ... initial research has the state record for a women's soccer attendance as 4,532 – Wisconsin vs. North Carolina (Sept. 4, 1995) ... Forbes and the Panther defense saw their shutout streak end at 398:03 ... Sarah Hagen also saw her goal-scoring streak end at four games.

Iron Woman Watch (Played every minute this season): 648+ minutes (Gillaspie, Forbes)

Up Next: The Panthers stay home to host another in-state rival, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Milwaukee vs. Western Michigan Match Report

Milwaukee 4; Western Michigan 0
Sept. 4, 2011 - Engelmann Stadium

Man of the Match: Again, always good to have a handful of options, but have to go with freshman Gerardo Saavedra, who had a terrific goal on a free kick and also a beautiful assist on a corner kick that was headed in by freshman Richard Johnson. Saavedra was named the MVP of the 37th Panther Invitational for his efforts.

Between the Pipes: Junior John Shakon was at his best over the weekend, finishing with the ninth and 10th shutouts of his UWM career in the 2-0 and 4-0 victories.

Back of the Net: The Panthers are off to a fast start, scoring seven goals in their first three games of 2011. Saavedra and Refai both have two already and five different players have already found the back of the net.

Up Next: It doesn't get any bigger for the UWM schedule, taking on Marquette for the Milwaukee Cup Friday, with kick-off set for 7:30 p.m. at Engelmann Stadium.

Milwaukee v. Minnesota Match Report

#22/20 Milwaukee 1, Minnesota 0
Sept. 4, 2011 – Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium (St. Paul, Wis.)

Woman of the Match: Jamie Forbes. Tiebreakers and technicalities abound in keeping Jamie from her rightful places as defensive MVP, but she can take solace in a job well done and Woman of the Match honors. She was great in goals, finishing with 11 saves, including a number of the highlight variety. Tied for second is the four-person defense of Makenzie Gillaspie, Mary Wandolowski, Emily Scott and Amy Kauffung. Great defensive effort all around. Oh yeah, Keara Thompson and Sarah Hagen connected on a nice goal, too... can I give it to the whole team?

NOTES: Milwaukee is now 3-7-2 all-time against Minnesota … it is also now 11-4-1 in games as a ranked team … the school record for best start to a season was 6-0 in 2008 … that was also the last season UWM was ranked … Hagen’s goal was the 21st winner of her career, 74th goal and 167th point—all school records … Keara Thompson’s assist was her 17th career, eighth in school history … with 43 career points, she is also in sole possession of 10th in school history … Forbes’ shutout was her 13th career clean sheet ... UWM is -27 in the foul department the last two games (40-13).

Iron Woman Watch (Played every minute this season): 540 minutes (Gillaspie, Forbes)

Up Next: The Panthers return home for rivalry week. Marquette comes to Engelmann Wednesday for a nationally-televised game on Fox Soccer Channel. Then Wisconsin visits Sunday.

Live Blog: Milwaukee @ Minnesota

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Match Report - Milwaukee @ Drake

Match #6 – Milwaukee 3, Drake 1 (25-16, 25-16, 24-26, 25-18)

Full Match Recap and Stats

Player Of The Match: Rachel Neuberger had a great weekend and capped it with her best match of the season Saturday night. The sophomore middle blocker tallied 17 kills while hitting .552. She is now hitting .328 for the season and is tied for the team lead with 22 blocks.

Key Stats: Defense told the story for the Panthers Saturday night. UWM collected 93 digs in the win, with five players reaching double figures. Milwaukee limited Drake to a .077 hitting percentage.

News and Notes: UWM’s Drake Invite title is its first of an in-season tournament since the Panthers won Bradley’s tournament in 2008 … Rachel Neuberger’s 17 kills marked a collegiate-high, the third-straight match where a Panther set a new career best … Neuberger was joined by Kerri Schuh and Morgan Potter on the all-tournament team, with Schuh claiming MVP honors … Milwaukee’s 93 digs marked an early-season high, while Drake’s .077 hitting clip is the lowest mark by an opponent this year … Elizabeth Egerer did not play Saturday night because of an injury. She was also limited in Saturday’s earlier match after collecting 23 kills in Friday’s win over Wyoming … freshman Hannah Blanchard started in her place and had nine kills.

Up Next: UWM is home for the first time next week, playing four times at the Klotsche Center. Action starts Tuesday with a 7 p.m. contest against Northern Illinois.

Match Report - Milwaukee vs. IPFW

Match #5 – Milwaukee 3, IPFW 1 (25-15, 25-22, 23-25, 31-29)

Full Match Recap and Stats

Player Of The Match: Kerri Schuh had an off-night Friday but responded in style Saturday morning. Last season’s Horizon League Player of the Year collected a collegiate-best 24 kills to go with 11 digs. And she hit .429, with just three errors in 49 attempts. The 24 kills are the most by a Panther since Becky Peters had 24 against Oregon State in 2008.

Key Stats: The Panther offense was stellar throughout the match. UWM hit .299 and had 68 kills. The fourth set was Milwaukee’s best on offense, as the Panthers had 23 kills and just three errors (.465).

News and Notes: UWM has now won three-straight matches … the Panthers’ 4-1 start is their best since the 2007 season, when Milwaukee started the year 14-1 … Kerri Schuh’s 24 kills reset her collegiate-high. Her previous best was 22, a number she had hit twice … Schuh’s 24 kills came one match after Elizabeth Egerer had 23. The last time the Panthers had two different players pass 20 kills in back-to-back matches was at the tail-end of the 2009 season, when Kerri Schuh had 22 against Butler on Nov. 14 and Jena Berg had 21 vs. Green Bay on Nov. 20. Becky Peters and Maddie Sueppel actually each had 21 kills in separate matches on the same day in 2008 (Aug. 29) … tonight, Milwaukee will be looking for its first in-season tournament title since 2008.

Up Next: UWM wraps up the weekend with a 7:30 match tonight against the hosts from Drake.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Milwaukee vs. Western Illinois Match Report

Milwaukee 2; Western Illinois 0
Sept. 2, 2011 - Engelmann Stadium

Man of the Match: One could make an argument for several Panthers in this match. Freshman Gerardo Saavedra made his first collegiate goal a memorable one, netting the eventual game-winner on a great shot in the 75th minute. Senior Keegan Ziada was also very active, ending the night with a game-high eight shot attempts.

Youth is Served: UWM started, count 'em, six freshmen tonight, with Saavedra, Adam Hutchinson, Alex Megna, Richard Johnson, Laure Bell and Zach Stevenson all in the starting 11.

Taking Shots: The Panthers have now tallied an impressive 50 shots in two games this season. The 30 tonight is the highest tally since 32 against Cleveland State nearly five years ago - October 15, 2006.

Up Next: Milwaukee takes on Western Michigan at 3 p.m. Sunday and are in the driver's seat for the team title after play Friday evening.

Milwaukee v. Iowa State Match Report

#22/20 Milwaukee 2, Iowa State 0
Sept. 2, 2011 – Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium (Minneapolis, Wis.)

Woman of the Match: Sarah Hagen. Sarah scored one beautiful goal and assisted on Kelly Lewers' highlight goal in the game. She was continually a presence the entire game. Honorable mention: Everyone else that played because it was a good all-around effort.

NOTES: Hagen now has a league-best six goals this season … Milwaukee is 5-0 for the second time in school history (2008, 6-0) … Iowa State entered the game having not surrendered a goal this season (4 shutouts) … UWM is now 2-1 all-time against the Cyclones … the Panthers are now 10-4-1 when carrying a national ranking … the game-winner was Hagen’s 20th career … Hagen now has 73 career goals and 165 points … the assist was the 19th of her career and gives her sole possession of sixth in school history … Kelly Lewers’ goal was her third and the first time it wasn’t the winner … Jamie Forbes collected her third shutout of the season and the 12th of her career ... Forbes and Makenzie Gillaspie are now the only Panthers to play every minute this season (see below) ... UWM is -20 in the foul department the last two games (27-7).

Iron Woman Watch (Played every minute this season): 450 minutes (Gillaspie, Forbes)

Up Next: The Panthers close out the Minnesota Gold Classic Sunday against tournament hosts Minnesota.

Match Report - Milwaukee vs. Wyoming

Match #4 – Milwaukee 3, Wyoming 1 (25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21)

Full Match Recap and Stats

Player Of The Match: There is no doubt Elizabeth Egerer claims this honor tonight. The junior was a stud from start to finish, collecting a collegiate-best 23 kills. She had eight kills in the first set alone, including a run of five-straight points.

Key Stats: UWM wound up with 61 kills to 54 for Wyoming. This allowed the Panthers to overcome 27 hitting errors.

News and Notes: Egerer’s 23 kills bested the 18 kills she collected against Cleveland State last season … the 23 kills are the most by a Panther since Becky Peters had 24 vs. Oregon State in 2008 … Egerer has now reached double figures in kills in seven-straight matches dating back to last season … Morgan Potter reached double figures in digs for the ninth-straight time and now has 40 double-figure dig performances in her career … Milwaukee’s 3-1 start is its best since 2007 … UWM is now 2-0 all-time against Wyoming.

Up Next: UWM continues play in the Sheraton West Des Moines Drake Invitational with two matches Saturday. Milwaukee faces IPFW at 10 a.m. and Drake at 7:30 p.m.

Live Blog: Milwaukee v. Iowa State