THIS WEEK IN PANTHER VOLLEYBALL
Tues, Sep 17 at Northern Illinois 7:00 p.m.
Fri, Sep 20 at Loyola 7:00 p.m.
PANTHERS FACE NORTHERN ILLINOIS ON TUESDAY, OPEN MVC PLAY AT LOYOLA FRIDAY
The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team will travel to DeKalb, Illinois, to take on Northern Illinois on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The match will be held at the Victor E. Court on the NIU campus. The Panthers will then open MVC play at Loyola on Friday at 7 p.m. The match will be held at the Gentile Arena on the Loyola campus in Chicago, Illinois
The matches will be carried by KWLO 1330 AM with Chris Kleinhans-Schulz calling the action. The audio for all matches is available on www.unipanthers.com.
Make sure to follow the UNI volleyball team on Twitter @NORTHERNIOWAVB and like their Facebook page at "UNI Volleyball". Also make sure to follow @UNIAthletics for everything Panther related.
PANTHER QUICK SETS...
• UNI is currently ranked 37th in the nation in digs per set with 16.38, 44th in the nation in assists per set with 12.90, 48th in the nation in blocks per set with 2.54, and 73rd in the nation in kills per set with 13.49. They are ranked second in the Missouri Valley Conference in all these categories as well.
• Courtney Kintzel is ranked 36th in the nation in blocks per set with 1.33. This puts her first in the Missouri Valley Conference in that category. Kinsey Caldwell is currently 38th in the nation in assists per set with 10.90. She is also the leader in the MVC in this category. Freshman Amie Held is seventh in the MVC in digs per set with 4.08.
• Last Friday, the Panthers traveled to Missouri to take on Saint Louis University. UNI played a thrilling five set match against SLU. The Panthers won the match 3-2 (29-31, 25-19, 33-31, 18-25, 16-14). A total of 241 points were scored in the match, and the Panthers had four players with double digit kills.
• The Panthers returned home on Saturday to play a doubleheader against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In the first game, UNI defeated Green Bay 3-1. The teams returned later that night and the Panthers swept the Phoenix 3-0 in that contest.
• Amie Held was named MVC Freshman Player of the Week. Held recorded a career high 23 digs and two service aces in the Panthers 3-2 win over SLU. In the first game against Green Bay, Held had 19 digs in the Panthers 3-1 win over the Phoenix. In the second game of the day, Held tallied 14 digs in UNI’s 3-0 sweep of Green Bay.
• UNI opens MVC play this weekend when they take on Loyola. The Panthers are 12-1 in MVC openers under head coach Bobbi Petersen.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS
• Northern Illinois has a 5-5 overall record. Last weekend, the Huskies played in the New Mexico State Invitational. They defeated Southern Utah, but fell to Arkansas-Little Rock and host New Mexico State. NIU currently has a .170 hitting percentage. Sarah Angelos was named the MAC Wesr Offensive Player of the Week (Sep 9) for the Huskies. She averages 2.69 kills/set and has a .266 hitting percentage. Mackenzie Roddy leads NIU with 3.12 kills/set (131). Alexis Gonzlaz leads with 8.71 assists/set and has seven service aces on the season. Justine Schepler leads the Huskies with 4.02 digs/set (169). UNI leads the overall series 11-3 against Northern Illinois. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Huskies 3-1 in the McLeod Center.
• Loyola has a 5-6 overall record. After winning the East Carolina Invitational (Sep 6-7) the Ramblers played in the Shamrock Invitational last weekend. They fell to host Notre Dame, Auburn and Oakland in that tournament. Loyola currently has a .181 hitting percentage. Morgan Reardon was named Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week twice already this season. She leads the team with 3.22 kills/set (119) and has a .197 hitting percentage. Stephanie Kinane is 64th in the nation and fifth in the MVC in digs/set with 4.68. Brittany Brown is sixth in the MVC in assists/set with 9.55 and also has 13 services aces for the Ramblers. UNI leads the overall series 6-0 against Loyola. The last time these two teams met was in September of 2003 when the Panthers swept the Ramblers 3-0.
NDSU DOUBLEWOOD INN CLASSIC
• The Panthers headed north for the NDSU Doublewood Inn Classic in Fargo, North Dakota, on Sep 6-7. Their first match of the tournament was against Wisconsin. The Badgers got the best of UNI as they defeated the Panthers 3-2. On Saturday, UNI went up against #17 Louisville. The Panthers upset the Cardinals 3-0 in that match. In the last match of the tournament, UNI went up against the host, North Dakota State. The Panthers swept the Bison 3-0 to finish the weekend.
NDSU DOUBLEWOOD INN CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
• Seniors Shelby Kintzel and Macy Ubben were named to the NDSU Doublewood Inn Classic All-Tournament team.
DEFEATING A RANKED TEAM
• UNI’s sweep of #17 Louisville was the first time the Panthers have defeated a rank team last year when they defeated #25 Kansas State 3-0 at the NCAA Tournament. This was also the last time UNI defeated a ranked team at a neutral site.
• The Panthers hosted in-state rival #11 Iowa State in their home opener at the McLeod Center on Sep 4. UNI fell behind 0-2 early on but fought their way back to tie the match up at 2-2. The Panthers put up a good effort but fell in the fifth set as the Cyclones won the match 3-2.
NEW SINGLE MATCH ATTENDANCE RECORD
• UNI set a new single match attendance record of 6,621 at the Iowa State match on September 4th. The previous record was 6,490 and was set on September 13, 2011 against Iowa State.
• The Panther traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Utah Classic on Aug 30-31. UNI faced Fairfield in their season opener on Friday and swept the Stags 25-17, 25-17, 25-19. The Panthers then went on to play Utah State on Saturday morning and they fell to the Aggies 18-25, 25-9, 19-25, 23-25. UNI came back that night and played the University of Utah. The Panthers fell to the Utes 25-17, 19-25, 18-25, 18-25, in the last match of the tournament.
UTAH CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
• Sophomores Kinsey Caldwell and Courtney Kinztel earned spots on the Utah Classic All-Tournament team. Caldwell recorded 131 assists (11.91/set) and five service aces over the weekend. Kintzel notched 42 kills, including a career high 20 against Utah State, and had .446 hitting percentage.
FIRST WEEK CAREER HIGHS
• Macy Ubben had a career high 22 digs against Utah State over the weekend. Freshman Amie Held racked up an impressive 16 digs in her debut with the Panthers against Fairfield.
STARTING OFF RIGHT
• The Panthers are 10-4 in home openers under head coach Bobbi Petersen and are now 11-3 in season openers.
•The Panthers finished the 2012 season with a 25-10 overall record and a 15-3 record in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Panthers finished second in regular season play in the MVC. UNI returns two starters this season, Shelby Kintzel and Macy Ubben.
MVC PRESEASON POLL/HONORS
•UNI has been selected to finish second in the MVC this season, while Wichita State was voted to take first in the conference with 98 points. The Panthers took second with 84 points, and Missouri State came in third with 83 points. Senior Maacy Ubben was named to the 2013 MVC Volleyball Preseason All-Conference Team.
• UNI made its seventh consecutive NCAA tournament appearance during the 2012 season, marking the 18th time that the Panthers have made it in the program’s history. The Panthers defeated Kansas State in the first round of the tournament last season, and then fell to Nebraska in the second round. This gives UNI a14-18 overall record in NCAA tournament play.
TENTH TOURNAMENT TRIP
•Head Coach Bobbi Petersen has led the Panthers to ten NCAA tournament trips. UNI is 9-10 in NCAA tourament play under Petersen, including two trips to the Sweet 16.
• The Panthers have five MVC regular season championships under 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.
2012 MVC HONORS
• Macy Ubben was named first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference for the Panthers in 2012. Shelby Kintzel and Macy Ubben both earned first-team MVC Scholar Athlete honors last season as well.
SIXTH IN THE NATION IN ATTENDANCE
• UNI finished sixth in the nation in attendance last season. The Panthers averaged over 3,000 fans per game at the McLeod Center. The Panthers trailed only Hawaii, Nebraska, Penn State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. There were only two other Missouri Valley Conference teams that made this list, Wichita State (7th) and Creighton (35th).