D III Women's Volleyball

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Archive for October 2008

UWO’s Schaefer in elite company

UW-Oshkosh coach Brian Schaefer is on pace to enter the NCAA Division-III record book after this season with the third-best winning percentage among active coaches. As of today, Schaefer’s winning percentage would also rank sixth across all NCAA divisions.

Coaching his fifth season, Schaefer has led the Titans to a 140-25 (.849) record, which currently places him, among D-III coaches, behind only Wittenberg’s Paco Labrador’s 197-26 (.883) and legendary Juniata head coach Larry Bock’s 1174-180 (.867).

Coaches must have coached five seasons before being added to the NCAA active winning percentage list. UW-Whitewater’s Stacy Boudreau, who is coaching her fourth season, currently has a 136-22 (.861) record.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 28, 2008 at 8:07 am

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Platteville’s Schulman notches 500th win

Congrats to UW-Platteville’s Deb Schulman on becoming just the 23rd coach in NCAA D-III history to reach the 500-win plateau. To do it in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference? It goes without saying that she’s one of the best.

Schulman joins former WIAC coaches Kris Russell (812 wins, UW-Whitewater), Lisa Herb (790 wins, UW-Eau Claire/Dubuque) and Marty Petersen (630 wins, UW-Oshkosh) in the 500-win club.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 28, 2008 at 2:28 am

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Oshkosh’s 30-2 record ranks 3rd in NCAA D-III

With today’s two wins, the UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team now has the third-best record in NCAA D-III.

Oshkosh (30-2) trails Salisbury (32-1) and Eastern (26-1).

No. 22 Salisbury (Md.) has won 32 straight after a season-opening loss to No. 1 Juniata College. The Sea Gulls defeated just one current Top 25 team: at No. 23 Christopher Newport in five sets.

No. 24 Eastern’s (Pa.) sole loss was a sweep at the hands on Augustana College on Oct. 3. Eastern has not defeated (or played) a current Top 25 team. In fact, the Eagles will not play a current Top 25 team unless they make the NCAA Tournament.

No. 10 Oshkosh has lost to Augustana (in four sets) and UW-Eau Claire (three sets), neither of which are current Top 25 teams. The Titans differ from the teams with better records in that they’ve defeated current Top 25 teams: No. 13 UW-Whitewater in five on Sept. 24; No. 7 Carthage College in four on Oct. 24; and No. 8 Cal State, East Bay in five on Oct. 25.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 25, 2008 at 10:46 pm

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Oshkosh stays hot, beats East Bay in 5

Ashley Sullivan had 22 kills to lead No. 10 UW-Oshkosh over No. 8 Cal State-East Bay in five sets today at the UW-La Crosse Invitational. East Bay had its 20-match winning streak snapped.

UWO’s Megan Fischer and Jacque Ray added 11 kills apiece. Kelsey Mauer was the fourth Titan in double figures with 10 kills.

Oshkosh’s Katelyn Vara registered 61 assists, and Christina Cahoon scooped a match-high 26 digs.

In a contrast of styles, the Titans’ power game won despite committing 36 hitting errors, 17 service errors, seven return errors, three blocking errors and one general error. Oshkosh made up for the 64 freebies by winning the kills battle 71-37. UWO also had a huge advantage in assists (68-36).

East Bay’s blocking- and defense-oriented style led to advantages in aces (6-5) and blocks (9-6). However, Oshkosh won the in digs column, 65-57.

UWO had at least 10 kills in each set. East Bay reached 10 put-aways just once, in Set 4.

Oshkosh (30-2) has reached 30 wins for the fourth consecutive season. East Bay fell to 25-4.

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Written by Ricky Nelson

October 25, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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Oshkosh beats Carthage, Titans to host regional?

No. 10 UW-Oshkosh defeated No. 7 Carthage in four tonight, possibly paving the way for Oshkosh to host an NCAA regional.

Tonight UWO also swept Simpson, the No. 7 team in the Central Region. Carthage also lost to Central Region No. 8 Luther in four tonight.

Regional hosting rights is mentioned this early – days after the first official regional rankings* – because Carthage, Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater are clearly the top three teams in the region. But Oshkosh has now defeated both Carthage and Whitewater. In addition to that important fact, a little birdy told me Carthage is probably out of the running for a regional due to its gym floor being resurfaced. That would likely leave UWO and Whitewater in the running. Both have great playing facilities, but the NCAA also looks at things like hotel space, which Whitewater lacks. I don’t see how any NCAA hosting criterion would be in Whitewater’s favor over Oshkosh. The peripheral NCAA hosting criteria are subjective in some ways, but UW-W also lost to both Carthage and Oshkosh this season. In the three-way hosting battle, that’s a lot of advantages for Oshkosh.

Oshkosh still has difficult matches remaining, including another meeting with Carthage (on Oct. 31, no less), a matchup with West Region No. 2 East Bay, a tester against Midwest Region No. 8 Elmhurst and the always stressfull conference tournament, in which UWO hasn’t played well in recent years. But the best Carthage and Whitewater can do is a season split with Oshkosh. If UWO doesn’t lay an egg in the two weeks prior the NCAA’s regional host announcements, how can you deny the Titans?

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Written by Ricky Nelson

October 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm

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Top-10 teams to clash at La Crosse Invite

No. 7 Carthage College, No. 8 Cal State-East Bay and No. 10 UW-Oshkosh will do battle this weekend at the UW-La Crosse Invitational.

Also appearing at the invite will be Simpson College, Luther College and, of course, host La Crosse.

Carthage (21-1) and Oshkosh (26-2) play tonight at 7 p.m.
East Bay (23-3) vs. Oshkosh (26-2) is Saturday at noon.
Alas, Carthage vs. East Bay isn’t on the schedule.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 24, 2008 at 1:09 am

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UW-Oshkosh, UW-Eau Claire share WIAC title

UW-Eau Claire and UW-Oshkosh started the night tied atop the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 6-1 records. It came down to two matches to decide the league title: Oshkosh @ UW-Platteville and Eau Claire @ UW-Superior. Nothing changed tonight as Oshkosh and Eau Claire both won and earned a share of the regular-season crown.

Platteville once again gave Oshkosh fits, but the No. 10 Titans came from way behind to win set one and downed the Pioneers in four, 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16. Oshkosh will be the No. 2 seed in the WIAC tournament, beginning Nov. 4.

The Titans won at least a share of the regular-season WIAC crown for the ninth (2006, 2005, 2001, 1995, 1994, 1991, 1990, 1982) time.

Eau Claire had an easier time in Superior, sweeping the Yellowjackets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-14. Because the Blugolds beat the Titans earlier this year, Eau Claire will be the No. 1 seed in the WIAC tourney.

The Blugolds earned at least a share of their third (2006, 1987) WIAC championship.

Final WIAC Standings
Oshkosh 7-1 (26-2 overall)
Eau Claire 7-1 (15-10)
Whitewater 6-2 (21-6)
La Crosse 6-2 (21-7)
Platteville 4-4 (14-13)
River Falls 2-6 (12-16)
Superior 2-6 (11-15)
Stevens Point 1-7 (12-19)
Stout 1-7 (4-19)

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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