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Archive for September 2008

No longer undefeated: Oshkosh, Carthage, Juniata

Scratch No. 9 UW Oshkosh from the D-III unbeatens after the UW-Whitewater Invite, where the Titans (18-1) dropped a four-setter to Augustana (12-4) on Saturday.

No. 1 Juniata (13-1) lost to D-I Princeton (6-2) in five sets today.

No. 5 Carthage (13-1) was swept by Hope (16-3) at the Central College Classic today.

The four remaining D-III unbeatens are (according to my research): No. 3 La Verne (9-0), St. Norbert (16-0), Tufts (13-0) and Eastern (15-0). St. Norbert has won its last 30 sets.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm

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UW Oshkosh among 7 remaining Division-III unbeatens

Daniel Webster has fallen from the unbeaten ranks. We’re down to seven undefeated teams in NCAA Division III:

No. 1 Juniata
No. 3 La Verne
No. 5 Carthage
No. 9 Oshkosh
NR St. Norbert
NR Tufts
NR Eastern

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 25, 2008 at 4:18 am

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No. 9 Oshkosh downs No. 11 Whitewater

Like many recent Oshkosh/Whitewater showdowns, it took five sets. But the Titans are on the bus home right now after a win at Williams Center in Whitewater.

The Oshkosh passing and setter Katelyn Vara must have been spectacular because the Titans had just eight hitting errors on their way to hitting .336. Titans Megan Fischer (16 kills) and Kelsey Mauer (8) did not commit an error, and six of the seven Titans registering attemps hit .333 or better.

Fischer added four blocks and five digs to along with her 16 kills and .421 hitting.

Vara had 40 assists, three kills, three blocks, an ace and a .600 hitting%.

Titan MB Jacque Ray had seven blocks and six kills (.385%). Libero Christina Cahoon had 17 digs and two aces.

A very impressive road win for the young Titans, who head back to Whitewater this weekend for a tournament. Alas the Titans (15-0) and Warhawks (9-5) will not face each other at the Whitewater Invite nor any other time until a possible rematch in the WIAC and/or NCAA tournaments.

-Ricky Nelson

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September 25, 2008 at 3:48 am

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Oshkosh inches to AVCA No. 9 (and poll trivia)

Oshkosh moved from No. 10 to No. 9 in the Week 3 AVCA poll. It’s Oshkosh’s 55th time in the AVCA Top 10, which ranks 11th all-time in Division III. With this week’s poll, Oshkosh moves past Ohio Northern (54 appearances) on the all-time Top-10 appearance list. Oshkosh was also in the AVCA Top 10 for the first nine (of 12) 2007 polls. Washington University and Juniata College lead the all-time AVCA Top-10 appearances list with 166 (and counting) apiece. 

Only 50 schools in AVCA poll history have cracked the Top 10. Seven of the nine current Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams have made the AVCA Top 10. From the WIAC, only UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior have yet to make the AVCA Top 10. In fact, Stevens Point and Superior have never been ranked.

Oshkosh has steadily climbed this year’s rankings after being 15th in the preseason. Today the Titans (14-0) travel to No. 11 Whitewater (9-4) with the winner presumably in the driver’s seat for the WIAC regular-season crown.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 24, 2008 at 2:28 am

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8 remaining D-III unbeatens

Last week there were 22 undefeated D-III women’s volleyball teams. This week there are eight, including three teams from Wisconsin: No. 10 UW Oshkosh, No. 6 Carthage and St. Norbert. Joining the Wisconsin trio are No. 1 Juniata, No. 3 La Verne, Eastern, Tufts and Daniel Webster.

Oshkosh (14-0) is off to its best record since 1996, when the Titans started 27-0 … and advanced to the national semifinals.

-Ricky Nelson

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September 22, 2008 at 4:16 am

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Looking better

The UWO block and swings looked better tonight against Stout, and the service was great once again. Nice to see Sully, Kelsey and Katie Beining with opportunities to let it rip. And the UWO net D was outstanding. I don’t remember Stout’s top hitting option, Maggie Meixl, swinging at fewer than four hands. 

Man, this UWO team is deep, young and talented. There’s plenty room for improvement, too. That’s more optimism than criticism. No way this UWO team has peaked. And yet they’re 13-0. Not a bad position to be in.

I wondered often tonight why Stout kept serving Christina Cahoon. Perhaps Stout wanted to see what it could do if UWO got a perfect pass and multiple options every time. Answer: Not much.

Seeing UWO three-time All-American Leah Rosenbaum in the crowd tonight made me think about who the go-to player is this year. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I’m not so sure UWO has a no-doubt-about-it “She’s getting the ball here” hitter. Not bad, just different than past Titan teams, which happened to feature one of the best players in the country. That’s probably my answer right there.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 20, 2008 at 2:15 am

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Quite an introduction

I get a five-setter in my first look at the new squad? As a fan, I’ll take that.

My first impression is quality depth and great servers. Swindell served either 14 or 140 balls in a row against CUW, and Christina C., Andrea and Kaitlyn have always served well. But they are even tougher this season, if tonight is any indication.

Lumpy has always played more than many (most, probably), and nearly everyone played again tonight, which is nice for fans like me who just got their 2008-09 introduction. Lumpy did make things difficult for conversant fans, who have to know Katelyn from Kaitlynn, Kelly Ke. from Kelly Ko. (throw in a Kelsey for more confusion for diction-challenged people like me), Katie B. from Katie R., and Christina C. from Christina B. Not that hard to do based on their roles, but I’m a slow learner.

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Written by Ricky Nelson

September 13, 2008 at 3:35 am

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