THIS WEEK IN PANTHER VOLLEYBALL
Fri, Sep 28 vs. Missouri State 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 vs. Wichita State 8:30 p.m
THE PANTHERS SET TO HOST MISSOURI STATE, WICHITA STATE
The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team (11-5) returns home this weekend to face two Missouri Valley Conference teams. The Panthers will host the Missouri State Bears on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. They will then face the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Matches will be held in the McLeod Center.
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
On Saturday night, there will be free admission to any fans who show their North Dakota State vs. UNI football ticket. Also, the first 250 fans will receive an Amy Braun player card.
PANTHER QUICK SETS...
- UNI is currently tied for first in the Missouri Valley Conference with Creighton University. Both teams have an MVC record of 3-0.
- The Panthers had a successful weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. UNI went up against the Illinois State Redbirds on Friday on the road. There were a couple close sets, but the Panthers prevailed with the 25-16, 25-23, 26-24, win. On Saturday, the Panthers headed to Indiana to take on the Indiana State Sycamores. UNI dominated the match and got the 25-14, 25-9, 25-12, win.
- At the Panthers' match against Bradley on Spetember 14th, Amy Braun reached a milestone by recording her 1,000th kill. Braun now belongs to the 1,000 dig and 1,000 kill club. Braun will be honored at the home match against Missouri State on Friday night.
- Senior Megan Lehman currently leads the Panthers with 3.29 kills/set. Junior Molly Turk leads with 10.80 assists/set and senior Candice Burke leads the way for UNI with 4.77 digs/set and 15 service aces. Junior Shelby Kintzel leads the team with eight solo blocks.
SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
- Missouri State enters the weekend with a 8-7 overall record. The Bears are currently 3-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference after defeating Drake, Southern Illinois and Evansville. Their lone loss came against Creighton. Missouri State has a .216 attack percentage against opponents. Christine McCarthy leads the Bears with 3.38 kills/set and Amber Doolittle follows with 2.51 kills/set. Doolittle was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week this week. Carly Thomas has 11.47 assists/set, and Ashley Mason leads the way with 4.60 digs/set. UNI leads the overall series against Missouri State 42-20. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Bears 3-0 at home and 3-2 on the road.
SCOUTING WICHITA STATE
- Wichita State enters the weekend with a 12-4 overall record and a 3-1 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers earned wins against Drake, Southern Illinois and Evansville so far this season and fell to Creighton. Wichita Statee currently has a .256 attack percentage on the season. Emily Adney leads the way for the Shockers with 3.16 kills/set and Sam Sanders follows with 2.33 kills/set. Adney earned MVC Player of the Week this week as well as WSU Student Athlete of the Week honors. Chelsey Feekin leads with 9.80 assists/set and Jackie Church has 4.43 digs/set. The Panthers lead the overall series against Wichita State 42-11. The Panthers went up against the Shockers three times last season and won all three games. The third game was in the finals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, and UNI earned the 3-0 victory over Wichita State to win the MVC tournament for the 16th time.
- UNI won their first tournament of the season, the CEFCU Classic, in Peoria, Illinois, over the weekend. The Panthers opened MVC play by taking on Bradley in the opening match of the tournament. UNI swept Bradley 25-15, 25-22, 25-19. The Panthers fell to Arkansas State 22-25, 25-14, 19-25, 12-25, in the second set of the tournament. UNI wrapped up the CEFCU Classic by defeating Long Beach State 25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20. Candice Burke was named MVP of the CEFCU Classic, and Megan Lehman was an All-Tournament honoree. Burke had 73 digs and four service aces over the weekend, while Lehman recorded 40 kills and 11 digs. Burke had a career high 35 digs against Long Beach State. Her previous career high was 30 against Evansville last season.
PANTHERS WIN HOME OPENER
- The Panthers hosted the Northern Illinois Huskies in their home opener last Tuesday at the McLeod Center. UNI defeated the Huskies 25-19, 25-15, 11-25, 25-18. Amy Braun led the Panthers with 11 kills and Megan Lehman followed with 10 kills. Molly Turk notched 31 assists and Candice Burke had 29 digs for the Panthers.
AMBASSADOR HOTEL GOLDEN EAGLE CLASSIC
- UNI finished 2-1 in the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 8-9. 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.
CAREER HIGHS AT GOLDEN EAGLE CLASSIC
- 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.
IOWA STATE TOO MUCH FOR PANTHERS
- The Panthers traveled to Ames, Iowa, on September 5th 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.
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.
- Seniors Amy Braun and Krista DeGeest were both named to the MVC Pre-Season All Conference Team.
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.
- 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.
MVC SCHOLAR ATHLETES
- Amy Braun, Jenny Willms and Shelby Kintzel all earned MVC Scholar-Athlete first team status during the 2011 season.
- 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.