Here is this week’s notebook from the Panther Invitational.
Last Week’s Results
8/31 – lost vs. Bradley, 3-2; 8/31 – lost vs. Western Michigan, 3-2; 9/1 – def. SEMO, 3-0; 9/1 – def. East Carolina, 3-0
This Week Matches
9/7 – vs. North Dakota State (@ Madison); 9/8 – vs. Drake (@ Madison); 9/8 - @ Wisconsin
Player of the Week
Rachel Neuberger, MB, Jr., Muskego, Wis. Neuberger was again the most consistent figure for the Panthers over the weekend. She averaged 3.38 kills per set while hitting .359. That has her hitting percentage for the first two weekends of the season at .395. Her best statistical tally of the weekend came vs. Western Michigan, when she collected a collegiate-best 21 kills. Neuberger also contributed 1.12 blocks per set as UWM’s blocking improved over the course of the weekend.
News and Notes
Julie Kolinske continues to pile up some big numbers for UWM. She had double-doubles in three of the four contests and had a collegiate-best 22 kills against Western Michigan. But her dig totals are perhaps the most impressive stat. She had 61 in four matches, including 19 in a three-set win over SEMO … Anna Bartz averaged 4.44 digs per set over the weekend, while Maisey Mulvey added 3.44 digs per set … a number of new faces continue to see playing time for Milwaukee. Sammi Herron had 17 digs Friday night vs. Western Michigan while Nicole Latzig again started all four matches. The weekend also saw sophomore Arianna Wiersma make her Panther debut … Friday night’s match drew 975 fans … Western Michigan was the tournament champion after going a perfect 3-0 on the weekend … the full all-tournament team included: Emily Coon – SEMO; Rachel Neuberger – Milwaukee; Alise Tupuritis – Bradley; Lauren Zerante – Bradley; Ali Goosen - Western Michigan; Jessica Brown - Western Michigan; Lena Oliver - Western Michigan (MVP).