D III Women's Volleyball

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Archive for December 2008

Midwest Region: Who Loses Whom?

The following are the senior losses and potential returnees for all Midwest Region teams. My benchmarks for key returnees, with a few exceptions, was 100+ kills, digs or assists and/or 50+ blocks. Tis a long post.
I will return later this offseason with the losses and returnees for all Central teams. Figured I’d beat the AVCA site to the punch.
See here for senior losses, key returnees for teams in the final Bison/AVCA Top 25 poll.

Alverno (2-24, Northern Athletics Conference)
Senior losses: MB Rebecca Schmid, OH Liz Malko
Key potential returnees: Junior MB Robyn Rosenthal, senior S Kim Reuter, sophomore OH Ashley Graham, sophomore OH Alicia Kontowski, sophomore DS Mai Kaw Xiong
Augustana (23-12, College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin)
Senior losses: S Jaime Spolum (HM All-Midwest Region, 2nd-Team All-CCIW), OH Lisa Neverman
Key Potential returnees: Junior OH Courtney Jungnickel (HM All-CCIW), senior MH Angela Baumgartner (HM All-CCIW), senior OH Mallory Thelander, senior RS Bridget Reich, junior L Jackie Rust, junior S Jenna Howard, junior MH Jackie Dickens, junior OH Mary Rhoades, senior DS Rachel Uhrig, senior S Maddie Shaw
Aurora (7-23, Northern Athletics Conference)
Senior losses: (None)
Key potential returnees: Senior MB Jill Smart (1st-Team All-NAC), sophomore L Carly Blask (NAC All-Freshman Team), senior S Cortni Ramm, sophomore MB Tanya Wilhoit, sophomore DS Carly Blask, sophomore OH Lauren Fairbanks, sophomore MB Robeska Sanchez, senior S Christine Ozlanski
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Written by Ricky Nelson

December 25, 2008 at 7:13 am

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Top 25: Who loses whom?

The following are the senior losses/top potential returnees for the Top 25 teams in the final poll. My benchmarks, with a few exceptions, for key returnees was 100+ kills, digs or assists and/or 50+ blocks. Tis a long post.
I will return later this offseason with the losses and returnees for all non-Top 25 Central and Midwest teams. Figured I’d beat the AVCA site to the punch.

No. 1 Emory (35-6, University Athletic Association)
Senior losses: MH Dani Huffman (1st-Team All-America, NCAA Tournament MOP), RS Maggie Baird (HM All-South Region), MH Lulu Kaiali, S Madison Robelen
Key potential returnees: Senior OH Alysse Meyer (1st-Team All-America), sophomore S Natalie Schonefeld (2nd-Team All-America, South Region Freshman of the Year, NCAA All-Tournament Team), sophomore L Brannan O’Neill (2nd-Team All-UAA), junior OH Amelia McCall (HM All-UAA), sophomore MH Alexandra Wright (NCAA All-Tournament Team), senior DS Vista Murphy
No. 2 La Verne (27-3, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
Senior losses: OH Brianna Gonzales (two-time 1st-Team All-America, NCAA All-Tournament Team), RS Madison Bradley
Key potential returnees: Senior MB Crista Jones (1st-Team All-America, NCAA All-Tournament Team), junior RS Anna Calmer (1st-Team All-SCIAC), senior S Yesenia Lopez (2nd-Team All-SCIAC), senior MB Ashley Morgado (2nd-Team All-SCIAC), junior L Chelsea Sleight, junior OH Rebecca Villanueva
No. 3 Juniata (35-5, Landmark Conference)
Senior losses: OH Amber Thomas (two-time National Player of the Year, four-time All-America), S Beth Kozak (two-time All-America, three-time All-Region), MH Erin Albert (NCAA All-Tournament Team, 2nd-Team All-Landmark), MH Cassie Dickmann (1st-Team All-Landmark), DS Jessica Ritchey
Key potential returnees: Senior L Megan Sollenberger (two-time All-America, three-time All-Region), junior S Steph Strauss (2nd-Team All-America), senior RS Paige Johnston (2nd-Team All-Landmark), senior OH Michelle Morchesky, senior DS Molly Sollenberger, sophomore MH Amanda Schmidt, sophomore OH Collin Wallace, sophomore OH Drew Barnhart
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Written by Ricky Nelson

December 13, 2008 at 11:12 pm

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D-III Regular-Season Stat Leaders

Complete stats can be found here. The following are Midwest/Central players/teams ranked in the top 50 nationally:

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Written by Ricky Nelson

December 8, 2008 at 9:49 pm

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WIAC Championship Replay

If you missed it live or want to relive it again with added production value, FSN Wisconsin will broadcast the white-knuckle, back-and-forth, five-set WIAC Championship match between UW Oshkosh and UW-Eau Claire on Dec. 18 @ 7 p.m. Set your TiVo accordingly.

FYI: If you didn’t already know, a complete broadcast schedule of all WIAC sporting events on FSN Wisconsin can be found here.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

December 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm

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