Sunday, October 7, 2012

Chicago Volleyball Notebook

The Panthers dropped a pair of five-set heartbreakers this past weekend in Chicago. UWM actually led two sets to one in both matches before seeing them slip away.

Here are the news and notes from the weekend in Chicago.

Last Week’s Results
10/5 – lost @ Loyola, 3-2; 10/6 – lost @ UIC, 3-2

This Week Matches
10/12 – home vs. Wright State; 10/13 – home vs. Valparaiso

Player of the Week
Elizabeth Egerer, Sr., OH, Sheboygan, Wis. Egerer was very good in both of UWM’s matches this past weekend. She led the way with 18 kills at Loyola Friday night and then had 20 kills and 14 digs Saturday at UIC. She now has had double-doubles in three of five league matches and has 56 kills over her last three outings.

News and Notes
Milwaukee has now played seven 5-set matches this season, including three-straight in league play. The five-setters haven’t gone the way of the Panthers, though, as UWM is 1-6 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 seven 5-setters have UWM threatening the school record of 11 five-set contests, set in 1998 … five of the nine players that got on the court for Milwaukee at UIC had not appeared in a collegiate volleyball match before this season, while a sixth (Hannah Blanchard) had played one-half of a collegiate match at her current position before three weeks ago … Saturday’s starters included true freshmen Sammi Herron and Maggie Dunbar along with sophomore Amber Simonton, who did not play in her first two seasons in Milwaukee … UWM’s blocking continues to get better with the addition of Amber Simonton to the starting lineup. Simonton has collected 17 blocks over the three matches and the Panthers have tallied 37 as a team.