THIS WEEK IN PANTHER VOLLEYBALL
Fri, Oct 19 vs. Indiana State 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 20 vs. Illinois State 7:00 p.m.
PANTHERS HOST INDIANA STATE, ILLINOIS STATE HOMECOMING WEEKEND
The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team (17-6) will host Indiana State and Illinois State for homecoming weekend. The Panthers will take on the Sycamores at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. They will then face off against the Redbirds on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Both matches will take place 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 South Dakota State vs. UNI football ticket. Also, the first 250 fans will receive an Candice Burke player card.
PANTHER QUICK SETS...
- UNI is currently 8-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Panthers are tied for first in the Valley with Creighton University.
- UNI now sits at No. 43 in this weeks NCAA RPI. The Panthers are also in the top 50 in the following categories: digs/set (13th, 17.77), kills/set (17th, 14.38), assists/set (25th, 13.33) and match win-loss percentage (41st, 0.739)
- Junior Molly Turk is currently 19th in the nation in assists/set with 11.39. Senior Candice Burke sits at 25th in the nation in digs/set with 5.39.
- UNI recorded two more Missouri Valley Conference wins over the weekend. They hosted the Evansville Purple Aces on Friday and got the 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17 win over Evansville. The Panthers then got the 3-0 sweep over the Southern Illinois Salukis on Saturday.
- Macy Ubben was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week this week, and Candice Burke earned honors as well as Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week. This is the second time this season that Burke has received this honor.
- During the Panthers win over South Dakota State, senior Krista DeGeest reach 1,000 kills in her UNI career. She also reached 500 blocks in career in UNI's win against Evansville.
- Molly Turk had a career high 58 assists for UNI against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Senior Megan Lehman had a career high 22 kills for the Panthers in their win against Evansville, and Macy Ubben also a career high in kills with 19. Candice Burke tied her career high of 35 digs against Evansville as well.
- The Panthers have won 31 straight MVC games at home. The last time they lost a home game was against Wichita State on November 15, 2008
SCOUTING INDIANA STATE
- Indiana State enters the weekend with a 3-16 overall record. The Sycamores are 1-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference. They currently have a .185 attack percentage on the season. Shea Doran leads the way for Indiana State with 3.63 kills/set and also has 18 service aces, and Cassandra Wilson leads with a .277 hitting percentage. Erika Nord leads the Sycamores with 5.65 assists/set and Ashlen Buck has 3.64 digs/set. The Panthers lead the overall series against the Sycamores 50-2. UNI swept Indiana State both times they faced them last season. The last time Indiana State beat UNI was October 3, 1997.
SCOUTING ILLINOIS STATE
- Illinois State enters the weekend with a 11-8 record overall. The Redbirds are 5-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference and tied with Missouri State for fifth place. They have a .180 attack percentage on the season. Ashley Rosch leads the Redbirds with 3.04 kills/set. Rosch has been Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week twice so far this season. Kaitlyn Early leads the way for Illinois State with 10.03 assists/set, and Emily Schneider has a .280 hitting percentage. Jenny Menendez leads with 4.79 digs/set, and LeighAnn Hranka averages 1.37 blocks/set, which puts her 31st in the nation in that category. The Panthers faced Illinois State three times last year and defeated the Redbirds each time. The later if these was when UNI defeated Illinois State 25-15, 25-12, 25-12, in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to advance to the finals and eventually win the title. The last time Illinois State defeated UNI was in the 2006 season
END OF MVC STREAK
- UNI had to face an end to it's Missouri Valley Conference win streak on October 5th when they fell to the Creighton Bluejays 3-1 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Panthers' win streak was at 59 regular season MVC games and 65 overall MVC games. UNI and Creighton are now tied for first in the Missouri Valley Conference with 5-1 records. The Panthers went on to defeat Drake 3-1 on October 6th in Des Moines, Iowa.
BRAUN AND BURKE MOVING UP CAREER DIG LIST
- Over the weekend October 5-6, seniors Amy Braun and Candice Burke passed head coach Bobbi Petersen on the all-time career digs list. Petersen is fifth on the all-time list at 1,457 digs. Burke now sits at fourth with 1,467 digs and Braun is third with 1,485 digs. Ellie Blankenship is the all-time career leader with 2,656 digs.
FIRST NCAA RPI
- The NCAA released the first offical RPI on October 1st, and UNI sits at No. 46 in the nation. The Panthers are in the top 50 in the following categories: kills per set (36th, 14.08), digs per set (36th, 17.02) blocks per set (43rd, 2.56) and assists per set (45th, 13.00).
CAREER HIGHS AT WICHITA STATE
- A couple Panthers set career highs at the Wichita State game on Saturday night. Junior Macy Ubben had a career high 16 kills for the Panthers. Her previous career high was 10 kills against Indiana State on September 22nd. Molly Turk surpassed her previous career high mark of 48 assists against Pittsburgh on September 9th. Turk notched 50 assists in the Panthers 3-1 over the Shockers.
UNI REMAINS UNDEFEATED
- UNI remains undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Panthers earned the 3-0 sweep over Missouri State on September 28th at home. On September 29th, UNI hosted Wichita State and defeated them 26-28, 25-11, 25-18, 25-16. The Panthers have now recorded five straight MVC wins and are currently in first place in the conference.
PANTHERS 3-0 IN MVC PLAY
- The Panthers had a successful weekend (Sep 21-22) 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.
AMY BRAUN REACHES 1,000 KILLS
- 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.
- UNI won their first tournament of the season, the CEFCU Classic, in Peoria, Illinois, Septemeber 14-15. 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 September 11th 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.
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 selected as first team all-Missouri Valley Conference picks for the 2011 season.