Thursday, August 29, 2013

Volleyball Facing Plenty Of Tests

There are no shortage of tests on the 2013 Milwaukee Panther volleyball schedule.

This chart below tells most of the story.

That works out to an opponent winning percentage of 57.9 and an average opponent RPI if 93.4. Eight of 12 non-league opponents finished in the top 100 of the RPI, including five in the top 50.

“I really don’t think there is any other way to go about this season,” head coach Susie Johnson said of the schedule. “You can go with playing a bunch of lower-level RPI teams and win a lot, but what are you learning? This team has to be challenged. We are not changing our goals for where we want to be just because we had a rough year last year. The truth is that it is important to me to prepare the team to play at the highest level we can be. Scheduling this tough in the preseason is the formula.”

And Johnson says there’s no use in shying away from the reality of just how tough the schedule will be. In fact, she’s made sure her team is well-informed of the tests they will be facing.

“The other side of playing a tough schedule is preparing the team,” Johnson said. “We’ve talked about the opponents since the spring when the schedule was finalized. We’ve been preparing for these opponents. I do think that’s the best way to do it. I hope it works because it can all be a gamble, but the reality is we like challenges and I think we’re up for it.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Kelderman Appearance On "Dennis Krause Show" Set For Next Week

The appearances by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer coach Kris Kelderman on "The Dennis Krause Show" begin next week Monday (August 26).

The airing of the 30-minute sit-down interview is set for 6 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 26 on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

Krause and Kelderman discussed a wide variety of topics on the show, including a 2013 preview, Kelderman's background as a player at the high school, college and professional levels and his experiences as a coach.

Additional airings are scheduled for the duration of the week.

Monday, August 26: 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27: 7:30 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28: 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 29: 12:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Friday, August 30: 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 31: 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 1: 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Men's Soccer Picks Up Some Preseason Honors

With the Milwaukee men back on campus and practice underway, the regular season will be here in no time at all. On that note, various publications are sending out their "preseason all-conference" selections. First up on that list is the website "College Sports Madness".

They have included four members of the UWM team on their squads, with junior Laurie Bell and senior James Ashcroft on the first team and sophomores Aaron Horvat and Declan Rodriguez on the second team.

Click HERE for the full list.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Soccer Preseason Ranks Making Their Appearances

With the Milwaukee men’s soccer team showing up on campus this week to begin practice for the 2013 campaign, it’s time for preseason rankings to start appearing nationally.

The website “Bennett Rank” ( has listed all 206 NCAA Division I men’s soccer programs from top to bottom, with Maryland coming it at No. 1 and North Carolina No. 2.

A look at all of the Horizon League schools shows a positive for the Panthers entering the new season, as they are the highest-ranked league program according to the list.

112. Milwaukee
115. UIC
133. Wright State
147. Green Bay
150. Valparaiso
152. Cleveland State
162. Detroit
164. Oakland