THIS WEEK IN PANTHER VOLLEYBALL
Tue, Sep 11 vs. Northern Illinois 7:00 p.m.
CEFCU Classic- Peoria, Illinois
Fri, Sep 14 at Bradley 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 15 Arkansas State 1:00 p.m.
Long Beach State 5:30 p.m.
UNI SET FOR HOME OPENER, OPEN MVC PLAY AT CEFCU CLASSIC
The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team (6-4) is set for their season opener on Tuesday versus the Northern Illinois Huskies at 7:00 p.m in the McLeod Center. The Panthers will then travel to Peoria, Illinois, for the CEFCU Classic. UNI will open MVC play on Friday night when they take on Bradley University. They will then play Arkansas State and Long Beach State on Saturday. The matches will take place at the Renaissance Coliseum on the Bradley campus
The home match against Northern Illinois will be broadcast on the Panther Sports TV Network. The game will be on channels KWWL 7.3 and CFU 15 with Brad Wells and Barb Handler announcing. All matches will be carried by KWLO 1330 AM with Chris Kleinhans-Schultz calling the action. Audio for all matches is also available on www.unipanthers.com
It is First Responder Night at the home match on Tuesday. All military personnel, fire fighters, police and EMTs can get in free to the match with ID
PANTHER QUICK SETS...
- UNI is ranked No. 25 in the September 3rd AVCA poll.
- Last Wednesday, the Panthers traveled to Ames, Iowa, to take on in-state rival the No. 18 Iowa State Cyclones. UNI played tough but could not keep up with the Cyclones. The Panthers fell 18-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-27, to Iowa State.
- Over the weekend, UNI finished 2-1 in the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Panthers won the first match against Wake Forest 25-16, 25-18, 25-16. UNI had to take on No. 23 Michigan in the second game of the invite. This was the third weekend in a row that the Panthers had to take on a Top-25 ranked team. UNI fell to the Wolverines 3-1. Marquette was the final opponent for UNI at the invite. It was a hard fought match but the Panthers won it 3-2.
- Seniors Amy Braun and Candice Burke were both named to the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic All-Tournament team. Braun had 43 digs, 16 assists and 35 digs for the Panthers over the weekend. Burke recorded 47 digs and one service ace for UNI.
- A couple Panthers had career highs in the match against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Megan Lehman recorded a career high 19 kills for UNI. Molly Turk had a career high with both 48 assists and 17 digs in that match. Macy Ubben also had a career high 10 digs in the match against Wake Forest.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS
- Northern Illinois enters the weekend with a 7-5 record after winning the Missouri State Invitational over the weekend. The Huskies currently have a .279 attack percentage. Lauren Wicinski leads Northern Illinois with 5.34 kills per/set and Kristin Hoffman has 12.27 assists/set. Amber Walker leads the way for the Huskies with 3.96 digs/set and was named to the Missouri State Inviational All-Invite team over the weekend. UNI leads the overall series with Northern Illinois 10-3. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Huskies 25-21, 25-20, 25-20.
- Bradley University enters the weekend with a 6-3 overall record after going 1-1 at the Jackrabbit Invitational last weekend. They won the N.C. Central Invitational on Aug 24-25. The Braves currently have a .213 attack percentage. Alise Tupuritis leads the way for Bradley with 3.17 kills/set and Amy Angelos follows with 2.86 kills/set. Madison Kamp has 10.59 assists/set to lead the Braves and Lauren Zerante has 3.74 digs/set. Both Angelos and Zerante have been manes Country Financial Scholar-Athlete of the Week this season for the Braves. The Panthers lead the overall series against Bradley 52-9. UNI swept both matches against Bradley last season.
SCOUTING ARKANSAS STATE
- Arkansas State enters the weekend 7-5 after finishing 3-1 t the McNeese State Tournament over the weekend. The Red Wolves currently have a .212 attack percentage on the season. Jasmine Terry leads Arkansas State with 3.24 kills/set and Taylor Szypulsi follows with 2.81 kills per set. Allison Kearney leads the way for Arkansas State with 11.02 assists/set and Megan Baska averages 4.29 digs per set. UNI leads the overall series against Arkansas State 2-1. The last time these two teams played was back in 1996, and UNI won the match 9-15, 16-14, 15-11, 15-8.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE
- Long Beach State enters the weekend with a 3-5 overall record after going 1-1 at the Washington Invitational over the weekend. Janisa Johnson leads the 49ers with 3.71 kills/set and Delainey Aigner-Swesey follows with 2.86 kills/set. Tara Roenicke leads the way for Long Beach State with 9.89 assists per/set and Tyler Jackson has 3.93 digs/set. Long Beach State leads the overall series 2-0 over the Panthers. The last time they met was in 2001, and UNI lost 19-30, 21-30, 14-30.
LUXE CITY CENTER TROJAN INVITATIONAL
- The Panthers travelled to Los Angeles, California, Aug 31- Sep 1 for the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational. UNI first faced the Boston College Eagles and defeated them 25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 25-7. In the second game of the tournament, the Panthers had to face No. 5 USC and fell 18-25, 20-25, 16-25. This was the second weekend in a row that the UNI Panthers had to take on a team ranked in the Top 10. UNI went up against Mississippi State in the final game of the Trojan Invite and they defeated the Bulldogs 25-20, 26-24, 25-20, to take second place in the tournament. Senior Krista DeGeest and junior Shelby Kintzel were named to the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational All-Tournament Team. DeGeest had 31 kills and two solo blocks for the Panthers. Kintzel also had 31 kills over the weekend.
BURKE NAMED MVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Candice Burke was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week. Burke recorded 12 digs in UNI's 3-1 win over Boston College at the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational over the weekend. In the second game of the tournmament, Burke tallied 20 digs and two service aces in the Panther's 0-3 loss against No.5 USC. The final match was against Mississppi State and Burke recorded 18 digs and two service aces to help lead UNI to a 3-0 win. This is the third time in her career that Burke has earned Defensive Player of the Week.
MORTAR BOARD PREMIER
- The Panthers had to take on the No. 7 Purdue Boilermakers in the first day of play in the Mortar Board Premier in West Lafayette, Indiana on Aug 24-25. The Panthers put up a fight, but it was not quite enough. UNI fell to Purdue 23-25, 23-25, 18-25. The next day of play UNI swept Pittsburgh 25-19, 25-21, 25-18 in the morning and went on to defeat George Washington 25-14, 25-12, 25-18, to finish 2-1 in the tournament. Seniors Amy Braun and Megan Lehman both earned spots on the Mortar Board All-Tournament team this weekend. Braun recorded 37 kills, 22 digs and six service aces for the Panthers. Lehman had 29 kills and .370 hitting percentage.
BEST OF THE BEST
- The Panthers head into the 2012 season with a No. 21 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll . UNI returns four starters from last season when the Panthers went an impressive 33-2 overall and a perfect 18-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
PICKED TO WIN IT ALL
- UNI has been selected as the overwhelming favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference in 2012 as voted on by the Valley's coaches. UNI received all 10 first place votes in the preseason poll. Last year was the third straight season that the Panthers went 18-0 in league play.
- Seniors Amy Braun and Krista DeGeest were both named to the MVC Pre-Season All Conference Team.
- UNI made its sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance during the 2011 season.This also marks the 17th time that the Panthers have made it in the program's history. UNI has an 13-17 overall record in NCAA tournament play. Head Coach Bobbi Petersen has led the Panthers to nine NCAA tournament trips. UNI is 8-9 in NCAA tourament play under Petersen, including two trips to the Sweet 16.
MVC CHAMPS... AGAIN
- In 2011, the Panthers earned their 16th Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title by sweeping Wichita State, 3-0, in the championship match and earned an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Thanks to their 2011 league title, the Panthers now have five MVC regular season championships under head coach Bobbi Petersen and 15 overall. These 15 titles came in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
- Senior Krista DeGeest earned honorable mention 2011 AVCA All-America honors. She and fellow senior Amy Braun were both selcted as first team all-Missouri Valley Conference picks for the 2011 season.
MVC SCHOLAR ATHLETES
- Amy Braun, Jenny Willms and Shelby Kintzel all earned MVC Scholar-Athlete first team status during the 2011 season.