Panthers Set to Host Southern Illinois, Evansville This Weekend
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 11/06/2013

THIS WEEK IN PANTHER VOLLEYBALL

Fri, Nov 8 Southern Illinois 7:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov 9 Evansville 7:00 p.m.

PANTHERS SET TO HOST SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, EVANSVILLE THIS WEEKEND

The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team will host two conference match ups this weekend. The Panthers will welcom Southern Illinois to the McLeod Center on Friday night at 7:00. On Saturday, UNI will play Evasnville at 7 p.m. Fans can use their tickets from the Youngstown State vs. UNI football game to get into the volleyball game for free.

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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PANTHER QUICK SETS...

• The University of Northern Iowa is in the top 20 in the national rankings in three seperate categories. The Panthers are 12th in the nation in digs per set (17.39), 17th in kills per set (14.29), and 18th in assists per set (13.37). They are also 38th in the nation in match win-loss percentage (.750), 68th in blocks per set (2.46) and 82nd in hitting percentage (0.233). UNI currently has a No. 60 RPI.

• The Panthers now have a 10-2 record in the Missouri Valley Conference and have taken first outright in the Valley after a Wichita State loss on Saturday night. UNI is first in the MVC in digs per set (17.39), kills per set (14.29), and assists per set (13.37). They are second in the Valley in match win-loss percentage (.750) and third in blocks per set (2.46) and hitting percentage (0.233).

• Sophomore Kinsey Caldwell is 24th in the nation and second in the MVC in assists per set with 11.21. Fellow sophomore Courtney Kintzel is 59th in the nation and second in the Valley in blocks per set with 1.23. Freshman Amie Held has moved up to 82nd in the nation and eighth in the conference in digs per set with 4.54. Senior Shelby Kintzel is sixth in the MVC in hitting percentage with 0.323.

• The Panthers traveled to Des Moines on Saturday to take on Drake University in their lone match of the week. UNI swept the Bulldogs 3-0 in that match. Wichita State was upset by Southern Illinois on Saturday night as well, so UNI has now taken the outright lead in the Missouri Valley Conference.

• UNI will go up against Southern Illinois and Evansville this weekend. The Panthers are 50-8 overall against Southern Illinois, but fell to the Salukis 3-1 earlier this season. UNI is an impressive 40-1 against Evansville, with that lone win by the Purple Aces happening back in 2008.

SCOUTING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

• Southen Illinois is 13-12 overall and 8-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference, which puts them in fifth place. The Salukis fell to Missouri State last Friday, but came up with a huge win on Saturday. SIU defeated Wichita State which broke a 23 match losing streak against the Shockers. The Salukis are fourth in the MVC in blocks per set (2.31), and fifth in the Valley in aces per set with 1.15. They are also sixth in the MVC in assists per set (12.20), hitting percentage (0.201), kills per set (13.03), and match win-loss percentage (0.520). Jessica Whitehead is 31st in the nation and second in the MVC in kills per set with 4.12. She is also 43rd in the nation and second in the MVC in points per set 4.46. Taylor Pippen is currently 75th in the nation and fourth in the Valley in blocks per set with 1.19. Hannah Kaminsky is 88nd in the nation and fifth in the MVC in assists per set with 10.34. She has been named MVC Freshman of the Week three different times this season. (Sep 23, Oct 14, Oct 21) Alex Rivera leads the Salukis with 4.17 digs per set and was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week on October 14.The Panthers are 50-8 overall against Southern Illinois, but fell to the Salukis 3-1 earlier this season.

SCOUTING EVANSVILLE

• Evansville is 8-16 overall and 3-10 in the MVC, which puts them in ninth place. The Purple Aces fell to Missouri State and Wichita State last weekend. Evansville is 21st in the country and fourth in the Valley in the digs per set with 17.01. They are also fifth in the MVC in blocks per set with 2.21. The Purple Aces currently have a .169 hitting percentage. Katie Klages is sixth in the nation and first in the MVC in digs per set with 5.74. She earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors on October 28. Ashley Ring is third in the MVC in kills per set with 3.45 and points per set with 4.02. Rachel TenHoor is currently fourth in the Valley in hitting percentage with 0.329. Jenn Murphy leads Evansville with 8.95 assists per set, and Meaghan Holmes is the leader in blocks per set with 1.03.UNI is an impressive 40-1 against Evansville, with that lone win by the Purple Aces happening back in 2008. The Panthers swept Evansville on the road earlier this season.

UBBEN EARNS MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

• Senior Macy Ubben was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. Ubben recorded 18 kills, seven digs and three blocks as UNI defeated Missouri State 3-1 on Friday night. On Saturday night the Panthers faced off against Wichita State and Ubben had 12 kills, nine digs and three blocks in UNI’s 3-0 sweep of the Shockers.

35 SEASONS ABOVE .500

• After their two victories this weekend, the Panthers have now had 35 consecutive seasons with a .500 or above winning percentage.

WICHITA STATE SWEEP

• On October 26, the Panthers faced off against first place Wichita State. Ubben lead with 12 kills and Amie Held had 20 digs in UNI’s 3-0 sweep of the Shockers, to help UNI move into a tie for first place in the MVC. This is also the third year in a row that UNI has swept Wichita State at the Charles Koch Arena.

PANTHERS TAKE DOWN THE BEARS

• The Panthers played Missouri State on October 25 in Springfield. Macy Ubben had 18 kills and .370 hitting percentage to help lead UNI to a 3-1 win over the Bears.

DOWN GOES ILLINOIS STATE

• UNI hosted Illinois State on October 18 in the McLeod Center. The Redbirds entered the match as the only team still undefeated in the MVC. Macy Ubben led the Panthers with 16 kills. Kinsey Caldwell recorded 39 assists, and Amie Held tallied 26 digs as UNI defeated Illinois State 3-1 and breaking their MVC win streak.

INDIANA STATE

• The Panthers then went up against Indiana State on Saturday night. Shelby Kintzel had 16 kills and a .412 hitting percentage to help lead UNI to a 3-1 win over the Sycamores.

BUSY WEEK ON THE ROAD

• The Panthers had a busy week of conference play on the road. On October 8, the Panthers made quick work of Bradley, defeating the Braves 3-0. UNI then traveled to Indiana to take on Evansville on October 11. The Panthers had another great match and swept Evansville, 3-0. UNI ended the week in Carbondale, when they took on Southern Illinois. The Salukis got the best of the Panthers, defeating UNI 3-1.

KINTZEL EARNS 1000TH KILL

• Senior Shelby Kintzel earned the 1000th kill of her career on October 12th against Southern Illinois. The Panthers lost that match 3-1 to the Salukis on the road.

HELD EARNS SECOND MVC HONOR OF SEASON

• Amie Held earned MVC Freshman of the Week honors for the second time this season. She had a season high 28 digs and two service aces for the Panthers in their 3-1 victory over the South Dakota State. Against Drake on Saturday, Held tallied 18 digs and one service ace as the Panthers swept the Bulldogs 3-0.

SWEEP OF DRAKE

• UNI got back into conference play on Saturday when they hosted Drake. The Panthersd made quick work of the Bulldogs, sweeping them 3-0. UNI is now 71-12 overall against Drake and have yet to lose to them since 1984.

NON-CONFERENCE ACTION VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

• The Panthers hosted South Dakota State on Tuesday night in the McLeod Center. UNI defeated the Jackrabbits 3-1 in that match. The Panthers are now a perfect 8-0 against SDSU. Senior Macy Ubben had a career high 21 kills and freshman Amie Held had a career high 28 digs. Sophomore Kinsey Caldwell tied her season high of 19 digs as well.

MISSOURI STATE

• UNI then hosted Missouri State on September 28. The Panthers were down 0-2 in the match, but they were not about to give up. UNI came back in thrilling fashion and won the set 3-2 over the Bears.

WICHITA STATE

• The Panthers took on Wichita State in the McLeod Center on September 27. This was the first home MVC match for UNI this season. The Panthers won the first set but could not hold off Wichita State. The Shockers won the match 3-1.

MVC OPENER

• UNI opened MVC play on September 20 when they took on conference newcomer Loyola. The Panthers defeated the Ramblers 3-1 for their seventh consecutive win. UNI is now 13-1 in MVC openers under head coach Bobbi Petersen after their win over Loyola.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

• The Panthers traveled to DeKalb, Illinois on September 17 to take on Northern Illinois. UNI took the three set sweep over the Huskies for their sixth consecutive win.

HELD NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

• 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.

GREEN BAY DOUBLEHEADER

• The Panthers returned home on September 14 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.

BATTLE IN SAINT LOUIS

• On September 13, 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.

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. 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.

IOWA STATE

• 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.

STARTING OFF RIGHT

• The Panthers are 10-4 in home openers under head coach Bobbi Petersen and are now 11-3 in season openers.

UTAH CLASSIC

• 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.

2012 FINISH

•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 Macy Ubben was named to the 2013 MVC Volleyball Preseason All-Conference Team.

TOURNAMENT REGULARS

• 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.

MVC TITLES

• 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).

 


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