2008 UW-Oshkosh Women's Volleyball News

Titans To Host A Series Of Volleyball Camps

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball program will be offering one position camp, three girls’ individual camps, one boys’ individual camp and a team camp this summer.

The summer camp season kicks off with the popular girls’ specialty position camp for grades 9-12 from June 26-28. This camp will focus on a specific volleyball position such as middle blocking, left-side or right-side hitting, setting or libero. Along with drills designed for the position you choose, a team tournament at the end of camp will put all of what you have learned during the weekend together.

UW-Oshkosh offers its girls’ elite players camp for grades 9-12 from July 12-15. The camper to staff ratio will be eight to one for this highly successful camp. This camp will challenge elite players with advanced skills, will offer specific position sessions and have a four-player and team tournament. All skills will be covered, but at a higher pace to push participants to get better in all aspects of the game.

The Titans will hold a boys’ advanced camp for the eighth straight year for grades 7-12 from July 12-15. UW-Oshkosh has become one of the best men’s collegiate club programs in the nation, winning two national titles in 2006 and 2007 and taking runner-up honors in 2009. Let former and current UW-Oshkosh players show you how they got to where they are with drills and techniques that will make you a better player.

The camp will feature a camper to staff ratio of eight to one, will show hitting strategies for quick attack and transition, specific position sessions and offer a four-player and team tournament.

UW-Oshkosh will offer girls’ player camps for grades 7-12 from July 19-22 and for grades 4-10 from July 26-29. Each camp will focus on basic skills to advance your knowledge of the sport in a fun, exciting atmosphere. Both camps will be separated by skill level to make sure you are getting challenged and that you are getting the most of your time in the gym.

The Titans will conclude the 2009 summer camp season with their extremely popular team camp for freshmen, junior varsity or varsity squads. For 20 years running, the camp has brought together teams from around Wisconsin for an intensified week of serving, passing, hitting, setting and blocking.

Other highlights of the camp include specific position sessions, team tournaments, team building challenges and evening activities such as swimming and skit night. For the eighth straight year we will incorporate our survivor series challenge as teams accumulate points through fun activities, teamwork and play on the court. Come join the fun!

“At UW-Oshkosh I believe that we have built a tradition of providing a great experience for volleyball players of all skill levels,” said head coach Brian Schaefer. “We take the time to get to know you so we can make you the best player you can become. My assistant coaches and I are in the gym to make sure you are getting the best instruction possible. I would like to have the opportunity to show you our brand of volleyball at UW-Oshkosh, and I hope to see you here this summer.”

Registration deadline is five days prior to opening day for individual camps and July 31, 2009 for team camp. Space is limited for some camps so please register early.

The fee per camp is all-inclusive; there are no extra charges. The fee includes a camp gift, prizes, lodging and meals if you are a resident.

To have a brochure sent to you or if you have any questions please contact Coach Schaefer at (920) 424-1392 or the sports camp office at (920) 424-0294. You can also access the camp brochure on-line at the top of this page under Camps/Clinics.

 Cahoon, Ray Capture All-America Honors

For the first time since 2005, and fifth time in team history, the UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team placed two players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association's NCAA Division III All-America team.

Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) garnered first-team and Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) third-team mention to highlight the Titans’ honorees. A total of 14 players each were named to a first, second and third team.

Earlier this year both Cahoon and Ray were named All-Midwest Region and All-WIAC first team as they led UW-Oshkosh (40-3) to their its 40-win season since 1995. Among those wins were seven tournament titles, its third WIAC crown in four years and its first WIAC tournament championship since 1994. The Titans advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals for the first time since 1996 in their 13th post-season appearance.

Cahoon played in a team-leading 164 of the Titans’ 166 games played this season, amassing a new UW-Oshkosh and WIAC record 860 digs along the way. She finished first in the WIAC at 5.22 digs per game and fifth at .37 service aces per game. Her dig total broke the previous record of 833 held by UW-Oshkosh’s Samantha Schmidt who established the standard in 2006.

Cahoon was named the Oct. 6-12 WIAC player of the week and was named to four all-tournament teams in 2008, including being named the most valuable player of the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic and the UW-Oshkosh Invitational. This season she also contributed 60 service aces and 50 assists and became the first libero in UW-Oshkosh and WIAC history to be named an all-American.

Cahoon recorded double-digit digs in 42 of 43 contests, registering 20 or more digs 19 times and 30 or more digs on five occasions. She scooped up a career-high 35 digs in a five-set win over UW-Superior on Oct. 3 and tallied 30 digs in a five-set victory over Colorado College on Aug. 30.

Ray started all 43 matches this season and played in 154 games. Ray collected 317 kills on a .241 hitting percentage, 112 blocks, 47 digs and 13 service aces. Ray finished 11th in the conference in hitting percentage and ninth in blocks per game at .73. Ray was named the Oct. 20-26 WIAC player of the week and was named to three all-tournament teams this season.

Ray helped a balanced UW-Oshkosh offensive attack this season by finishing second on the team in kills. Ray slammed down a season-high 16 kills in a five-set win over Elmhurst College (Ill.) on Sept. 13, 14 kills in a five-set victory over UW-Superior on Oct. 3 and had 11 or more kills on nine more occasions. She finished the season with 13 kills in a five-set win over Carthage College in the Oshkosh Regional final and 12 kills in a NCAA Division III quarterfinal loss to Juniata College (Pa.).

Ray led the team with 110 blocks on the season, including 32 solo stuffs. She tallied seven blocks in a four-set win over UW-Platteville on Sept. 5 and in a five-set win over UW-Whitewater on Sept. 24.

Cahoon and Ray now join 10 other UW-Oshkosh players who have received AVCA All-America honors.

That list includes middle blocker Amy Cayemberg (1990-1991), middle blocker Jane Copenhaver (2000), left-side hitter Amanda Delgadillo (2003), setter Jamie Ford (1991; 1993), setter Ashley Fischer (2005), right-side hitter Bridget Griepentrog (1994), right-side hitter Sara Lorens (1995), middle blocker Leah Rosenbaum (2005-2007), setter Christina Southward (1999-2001) and setter Amy Ward (1994-1996).

Cahoon, Ray, Schaefer Receive All-Region Awards

For the fourth consecutive year, UW-Oshkosh had two or more players named to the All-Midwest Region first team as Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) and Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) were named to the 14-member team.

Earlier this year both Cahoon and Ray were named All-WIAC first team as they led UW-Oshkosh (40-3) to its first 40-win season since 1995. Among those wins were seven tournament titles, their third WIAC crown in four years and its first WIAC tournament championship since 1994. The Titans advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals for the first time since 1996 in their 13th post-season appearance.

Joining Cahoon and Ray on the All-Midwest Region first team were Benedictine University’s Kayla Leyden, Carthage College’s Katie Lundgren and Rachel Swoboda, Elmhurst College’s Caitlin O’Hara, Illinois Wesleyan University’s Emily Hagen and Michelle Malinowski, Lakeland College’s Brittanie Paulus, UW-Eau Claire’s Abby Freiborg and Emily Haese, UW-La Crosse’s Amber Schoonover and Brianne Stankus and UW-River Falls’ Kelsey Scheele.

Cahoon played in a team-leading 164 of the Titans’ 166 games played this season, amassing a new UW-Oshkosh and WIAC record 860 digs along the way. She finished first in the WIAC at 5.22 digs per game and fifth at .37 service aces per game. Her dig total broke the previous record of 833 held by UW-Oshkosh’s Samantha Schmidt who established the standard in 2006.

Cahoon was named the Oct. 6-12 WIAC player of the week and was named to four all-tournament teams in 2008, including being named the most valuable player of the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic and the UW-Oshkosh Invitational. This season she also contributed 60 service aces and 50 assists and became only the second libero to be named All-WIAC first team in conference history.

Ray started all 43 matches this season and played in 154 games. Ray collected 317 kills on a .241 hitting percentage, 112 blocks, 47 digs and 13 service aces. Ray finished 11th in the conference in hitting percentage and ninth in blocks per game at .73. Ray was named the Oct. 20-26 WIAC player of the week and was named to three all-tournament teams this season.

Brian Schaefer was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, an honor he also achieved in 2005. Schaefer was named the WIAC Co-Coach of the Year after leading the only NCAA Division III team this season to capture 40 wins. UW-Oshkosh shared its third league title in four years and finished the season ranked sixth in the country, its highest ranking of the year.

Cahoon and Ray now join 18 other UW-Oshkosh players who have garnered All-Region honors.

Cahoon, Ray Receive All-WIAC Honors, Schaefer Named Coach Of The Year

Three members of the UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team were awarded 2008 postseason accolades by the WIAC. The Titans (40-3) were co-champions of the league with UW-Eau Claire and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship.

UW-Oshkosh players recognized were libero Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) and middle blocker Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) as first team selections and left-side hitter Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) as a honorable mention choice. The selections marked the ninth time in 10 years that UW-Oshkosh had multiple players named to the All-WIAC first team.

Cahoon played in a team-leading 164 of the Titans’ 166 games played this season, amassing a new UW-Oshkosh and WIAC record 860 digs along the way. She finished first in the WIAC at 5.22 digs per game and fifth at .37 service aces per game. Her dig total broke the previous record of 833 held by UW-Oshkosh’s Samantha Schmidt who established it in 2006. Cahoon was named the Oct. 6-12 WIAC Player of the Week and was named to four all-tournament teams in 2008, including being named the Most Valuable Player of the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic and the UW-Oshkosh Invitational. This season she also contributed 60 service aces and 50 assists and became only the second libero to be named All-WIAC first team in conference history. Cahoon was also named to the four-person All-WIAC defensive team.

Ray started all 43 matches this season and played in 154 games. Ray collected 317 kills on a .241 hitting percentage, 112 blocks, 47 digs and 13 service aces. Ray finished 11th in the conference in hitting percentage and ninth in blocks per game at .73. Ray was named the Oct. 20-26 WIAC Player of the Week and was named to three all-tournament teams this season.

Smith garnered her award by starting all of UW-Oshkosh’s matches and appearing in 162 games. Smith finished the 2008 campaign with 288 kills, 360 digs, 74 service aces, 55 assists and 38 blocks. Smith finished third in the WIAC in service aces per game at .45 per game and was named to the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic all-tournament team.

UW-Oshkosh head coach Brian Schaefer was named the WIAC Co-Coach of the Year after leading the only NCAA Division III team this season to reach 40 wins. UW-Oshkosh shared its third league title in four years and finished the season ranked sixth in the country, its highest ranking of the year. Schaefer mentored a team that started one freshman, two sophomores and four juniors.

The Titans captured the Colorado College Pikes Pike Challenge, UW-Platteville Invitational, UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic, UW-Oshkosh Invitational, UW-Platteville Invitational, UW-La Crosse Invitational and UW-Whitewater Invitational during the regular season. Besides capturing a share of the regular season league prize, UW-Oshkosh won the WIAC Tournament for the first time since 1994 and advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals for the first time since 1996. Schaefer was also named the WIAC Coach of the Year in 2005.

Top-Ranked Eagles Sweep Titans In NCAA Quarterfinal

UW-Oshkosh's run in the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship ended in the quarterfinal round as top-ranked Juniata College (Pa.) swept the seventh-ranked Titans, 3-0, on Thursday (Nov. 20) at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill.

Juniata College (35-4), which captured NCAA Division III titles in 2004 and 2006, tallied its sixth straight 3-0 victory by ousting UW-Oshkosh (40-3) in set scores of 25-23, 25-15, 25-22. The Eagles advance to meet fourth-ranked University of La Verne (Calif.) in a semifinal round contest of the 61-team tournament at 4:30 p.m. (CST) on Friday (Nov. 21) in Bloomington. The Leopards (26-2) qualified for their match with Juniata College by sweeping State University of New York-New Paltz (32-10), 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-16).

Juniata College hit .323, including a mark of .406 in the second set, while compiling 42 kills, nine blocks and two service aces. The Eagles controlled the match despite committing 12 hitting, eight service, four blocking and two receiving errors.

Amber Thomas, the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) 2008 NCAA Division III Player of the Year, turned in a strong all-around performance by hitting .407 with 12 kills, four blocks and four digs. Erin Albert posted a .391 hitting percentage with 11 kills and four blocks, while Jessica Ritchay contributed 10 digs and Beth Kozak 18 assists and six digs. Megan Sollenberger and Steph Strauss, a pair of 2008 second-team All-Americans, recorded 15 digs and six assists and 11 assists and six kills, respectively.

UW-Oshkosh, which saw its 20-match winning streak come to an end, hit .183 with 36 kills, four blocks and two service aces. The Titans were hampered in their effort by 17 hitting, eight service and six ball handling errors.

Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center), a 2008 third-team All-American, paced the Titans by hitting .375 with 12 kills and two blocks. The Titans also received 19 digs from 2008 first-team All-American Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown), 28 assists and three kills from Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin), seven kills and two blocks from Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) and six kills, four digs and two service aces from Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac).

After opening a 10-5 lead, Juniata College had to beat back several assaults from UW-Oshkosh to win the first set. The set was tied as late as 16-16 before consecutive kills by Michelle Morchesky and Strauss gave Juniata College a two-point lead. After a side out point by the Titans, the Eagles widened their lead to 21-17 after three straight UW-Oshkosh errors. Kills by UW-Oshkosh's Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) and Ray cut the lead to 21-20, but Juniata College held on for the win through seven straight side out points between the two teams.

Juniata College repeated the pattern in set two as it kept UW-Oshkosh at bay after grabbing a quick 4-0 lead. UW-Oshkosh pulled to within 9-7, but Juniata College responded with four points off serves by Thomas to widen its advantage. Another four-point run gave Juniata College a 16-10 lead
and command of the set.

In the third set, UW-Oshkosh grabbed a 1-0 lead for its first advantage of the match. The Titans held a 4-2 lead before Juniata College scored five straight points to take a 7-4 advantage. The set was tied for the last time at 9 before a pair of UW-Oshkosh hitting errors gave Juniata College an 11-9 lead. The Eagles maintained at least a four-point lead the rest of the set.

UW-Oshkosh, which has won 140 of its last 160 matches, concluded its 13th NCAA Division III postseason appearance as a fifth-place finisher.

Titans Outlast Lady Reds In NCAA Regional Final

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team survived an action packed match against Carthage College to win its first NCAA Division III regional championship since the 1996 season on Saturday (Nov. 15) in Oshkosh.

UW-Oshkosh (40-2) won the see-saw battle, 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 20-25, 15-10, and advances to play Juniata College (34-4) on Thursday (Nov. 20) in the quarterfinal round of the national championship in Bloomington, Ill. Carthage College (32-5) finishes its season in its fifth NCAA Division III postseason appearance.

The Titans, who handed the Lady Reds three of their losses this season, held leads of 12-8 and 20-16 before Carthage College stormed back in the first set. After a side out, Carthage College scored four straight points to go ahead 21-20. Trailing 22-21, UW-Oshkosh scored four of the last five points to pull out the victory.

Down 5-0 in the second set, UW-Oshkosh went on a 9-1 scoring run to take a 9-6 advantage. Ahead 12-8, the Titans held at least a four-point cushion to take a 2-0 lead in sets in the match.

Facing elimination, the Lady Reds responded in the third set by outhitting the Titans .276 to -.056 on a 13-6 advantage on kills. Carthage College relied on a big opening lead in set four to coast to the deciding fifth stanza.

UW-Oshkosh overwhelmed Carthage College in the fifth set by allowing only five kills to improve to 11-0 on the season in five-set matches. The Titans knocked down a .312 hitting percentage on eight kills to win their 19th consecutive match. Trailing 2-1, UW-Oshkosh went on a four-point scoring run to take a 5-2 advantage. Both teams traded points until the Titans took a four-point lead at 10-6. Ahead 11-8, UW-Oshkosh scored three straight points to earn its first match point opportunity at 14-8. The Titans gave up their only two-point run of the fifth set as the Lady Reds closed to within 14-10. The match ended on a miscue by the Lady Reds.

In a dreadful match statistically, Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) led the Titans with 13 kills and Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) added 12 as UW-Oshkosh only hit .119. Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) added 28 digs and Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) had 44 assists, 11 digs and four blocks. Beining added 14 digs and four service aces and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) had 13 digs.

Michelle Madeja led Carthage College with 10 kills and Jordan Burkholder added nine kills on a .500 hitting percentage, while pitching in nine blocks. Rachel Swoboda contributed eight blocks and seven kills and Drewann Pancratz had 24 assists. Sarah Carlino and Katie Lundgren scooped up 16 digs each.

UW-Oshkosh’s Beining led the seven-person all-tournament team by being named the most valuable player of the Oshkosh Regional. Joining Beining were UW-Oshkosh's Cahoon and Vara, Carthage College’s Lundgren and Swoboda, Heidelberg College’s Emily Hurlburt and UW-Whitewater’s Melissa Zuleger.

Titans To Play Lady Reds For NCAA Regional Title

Winning streaks of 19 matches for UW-Oshkosh and eight for Carthage College will be on the line when the two women's volleyball teams meet for the NCAA Division III Oshkosh Regional title at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 15) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked seventh in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, enters the championship match of the Oshkosh Regional with a 39-2 record. The Titans haven't lost since a 3-0 setback to UW-Eau Claire on Oct. 4.

Carthage College, ranked 10th in the country, brings a 32-4 record into the title contest. The Lady Reds haven't lost since a 3-0 setback to UW-Oshkosh on Oct. 31. Carthage College also lost a 3-1 decision to UW-Oshkosh on Oct. 24.

UW-Oshkosh advanced to the regional final by posting wins of 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19) over Lakeland College and 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-22) over Heidelberg College.

Carthage College qualified for its spot in the regional's title match by recording 3-2 victories over both St. Norbert College (26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-6) and UW-Whitewater (25-23, 25-17, 19-25, 23-25, 15-8).

UW-Oshkosh is appearing in its 13th NCAA Division III postseason tournament. The Titans finished second in the country in 1994 and fourth in 1991 and 1996.

Carthage College is participating in its fifth NCAA Division III postseason event. The Lady Reds are appearing in a regional final for the second straight year.

The winner of the Oshkosh Regional will join seven other regional champions in the quarterfinal round of the 61-team NCAA Division III Championship on Nov. 20 in Bloomington, Ill.

Titans Continue NCAA Posteason Run

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team advanced to the regional final for the first time since 1996 when it defeated Heidelberg College (Ohio) on Friday (Nov. 14) in the semifinal of the NCAA Division III Oshkosh Regional in Oshkosh.

The Titans (39-2) won their 19th straight match by taking the final three sets in a 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 victory. UW-Oshkosh will take on Carthage College (32-4) in the final on Saturday (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m. in Kolf Sports Center. The Student Prince cap their season with a record of 31-8 in their second NCAA postseason appearance.

After Heidelberg College bolted out to a 9-2 lead and a first-set triumph, the Titans took hold of the momentum. UW-Oshkosh tallied advantages of 11-5 in the second set, 8-1 in the third and 17-9 in the fourth. The Student Prince cut their deficit to 24-22 late in the second set, but were unable to overcome UW-Oshkosh’s consistent attack.

Kelsey Mauer led UW-Oshkosh with 12 kills on a .435 hitting percentage. Ashley Sullivan added 10 kills in only two sets played and Katie Beining chipped in nine kills, three service aces and 16 digs. Christina Cahoon added 22 digs and Katelyn Vara pitched in 22 assists, 11 digs and four blocks for the Titans. Danielle Swindell scooped up nine digs and Andrea Smith added eight digs and four service aces.

Audra Vucic led the Student Prince with 10 kills. Emily Hurlburt contributed nine kills, Brittany Donelan 17 digs and four service aces and Jackie Reinhart 13 digs. Amanda Atchison had six blocks and six kills.

Both teams had eight service aces and seven blocks, while the Titans held leads of 46-39 in kills, 44-36 in assists and 74-52 in digs.

Titans Reel In Muskies In NCAA Tournament Opener

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team held Lakeland College to 24 kills, including only four in the second set in a 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 victory in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Oshkosh Regional on Thursday (Nov. 13) in Oshkosh.

Win the win, UW-Oshkosh (38-2) advances to play Heidelberg College (Ohio) in the semifinals on Friday (Nov. 14) at 7 p.m. Heidelberg College (31-7) defeated Hope College (Mich.), 3-2, in an earlier quarterfinal match-up. Lakeland College (25-11) finishes its season in its fifth postseason appearance.

Although holding a slim .145-.128 advantage in hitting percentage, the Titans dominated in total kills (39-24), assists (35-24) and digs (47-35). The Muskies did hold a four to one advantage in total blocks but were hampered with nine service errors, while only recording two service aces.

Katie Beining led the Titans with nine kills and added eight digs. Kelsey Mauer and Jacque Ray added seven kills. Christina Cahoon had a match-high 14 digs and Katelyn Vara dished out 29 assists.

Brittanie Paulus and Kaylyn Kasper each had five kills for Lakeland College. Jessica Sparling ran the offense with 20 assists and Kristine Raeder scooped up 11 digs. Paulus and Tonia Strebelinski each had eight digs.

The Muskies kept things interesting in the first set after falling behind 11-6 by scoring the next four points to close to within 12-10. The Titans responded by going on a five point scoring skein to take an 18-12 advantage. From there UW-Oshkosh took control of the match, never letting Lakeland College take a lead in the contest.

Titans To Host NCAA Regional

For the second time in four years the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team will play on its home court in the NCAA Division III Championship.

The NCAA announced on Monday (Nov. 10) that UW-Oshkosh will host an eight-team regional beginning on Thursday (Nov. 13) in Kolf Sports Center. The Oshkosh Regional features seven matches, with four scheduled for Thursday, two for Friday (Nov. 14) and one for Saturday (Nov. 15). The winner of the Oshkosh Regional will join seven other regional champions in the quarterfinal round of the 61-team NCAA Division III Championship on Nov. 20 in Bloomington, Ill.

Competition begins Thursday at 1 p.m. as Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) second-place finisher Calvin College (26-4) plays Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) third-place finisher UW-Whitewater (29-9). That contest will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. match between College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin regular season and tournament champion Carthage College (30-4) and Midwest Conference regular season and tournament champion St. Norbert College (30-3).

Thursday's activity concludes with games at 6 p.m. between Ohio Athletic Conference second-place finisher Heidelberg College (30-7) and MIAA regular season champion Hope College (26-6) and 8:30 p.m. between WIAC regular season co-champion and tournament champion UW-Oshkosh (37-2) and Northern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champion Lakeland College (25-10).

UW-Whitewater is making its 21st (1986-89, 1992-2008) NCAA Division III regional tournament appearance, while its the 18th (1984-86, 1988-92, 1995, 1997-99, 2001, 2004-08) for Calvin College, 13th (1990-91, 1993-97, 2000-01, 2005-08) for UW-Oshkosh and the sixth (1987, 1997-98, 2000, 2006, 2008) for Hope College. It is the fifth NCAA Division III regional tournament appearance for Carthage College (1990, 2005-08), Lakeland College (2002-05, 2008) and St. Norbert College (1993, 2002, 2004-05, 2008) and the second for Heidelberg College (2007-08).

Second round matches in the Oshkosh Regional will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The championship contest of the Oshkosh Regional will be held Saturday at 7 p.m.

Titans Capture WIAC Tournament Title

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team won its first WIAC tournament championship since 1994 with a thrilling, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-12 victory over UW-Eau Claire on Saturday (Nov. 8) in Eau Claire.

With the win, the Titans receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III tournament while the Blugolds will have to rely on one of the 19 at-large entries.

The opening set was neck and neck until UW-Oshkosh produced a six-point rally to take a 14-8 lead. The Titans held on to a six-point lead throughout and took a 23-16 advantage before the Blugolds closed to within 24-21 after a 5-1 scoring run. The Titans closed the set with a kill by Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield).

Set two saw two significant scoring runs in the early stages as UW-Oshkosh raced out to an 8-3 advantage on a five-point run before UW-Eau Claire answered back to knot the score at 8-8.

The teams combined for 12 ties from that point until UW-Eau Claire closed the set by scoring three of the last four points after the set was tied at 22-22.

After scoring the first point, UW-Eau Claire never lead again as UW-Oshkosh improved to 10-0 on the year in five-set matches. The Titans kept the Blugolds at bay and eventually took a 13-9 advantage. UW-Eau Claire made things interesting after a side-out by scoring three straight points to close to within 13-12 before a kill by Beining gave the Titans their first match-point opportunity. UW-Oshkosh finished the match with a kill by Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) that fell just past the out-stretched arm of a UW-Eau Claire defender.

Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) led the Titans with 28 digs and five service aces. Beining collected 14 digs, 12 kills and three service aces and Vara dished out 44 assists and added nine digs and four blocks. Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) finished with 11 kills and six blocks and Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) tallied 10 kills and four blocks.

Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) added 10 kills and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) chipped in 13 digs and eight kills. UW-Oshkosh hit .300 in sets one and three and .400 in the decisive fifth stanza.

Abby Freiborg led UW-Eau Claire with 14 kills and added eight digs. Emily Haese paced the offense with 38 assists and picked up nine digs and Lindsey Smith contributed 19 digs. Cassie Hunt tallied 16 digs, Rachel Ver Voort 11 digs and Katie Fox added nine kills for UW-Eau Claire.

Titans Outlast Eagles In WIAC Tournament Semifinal

UW-Oshkosh advanced to the championship match of the WIAC Women's Volleyball Tournament with a five-set victory over UW-La Crosse on Friday (Nov. 7) in Eau Claire.

In a closely contested contest, the Titans found themselves down after the first set, but bounced back to take three out of the next four sets to secure the win by scores of 24-26, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 and 15-10.

UW-Oshkosh, which has won all nine of its three-set matches this season, will battle UW-Eau Claire (23-10) in the tournament's championship match at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 8) in Eau Claire. The Blugolds qualified for their match with UW-Oshkosh by posting a 3-1 victory over UW-Whitewater on Friday in Eau Claire.

With the win, UW-Oshkosh improves to 36-2 on the season, while UW-La Crosse falls to 26-11. The Eagles will play in the third-place match against UW-Whitewater at noon on Saturday (Nov. 8) in Eau Claire.

Several statistical categories were virtually even in the match. However, the Titans were able to register 66 attack kills to the Eagles 49, which was a deciding factor in the match.

Three Titans tallied double-digit kill totals. Kelsey Mauer and Andrea Smith led the way with 13 a piece, while Megan Fischer pitched in with 12. Katelyn Vara paced the offense with a match-high 59 assists, and Christina Cahoon recorded a match-high 25 digs in the winning effort.

Amber Schoonover and Brianne Stankus provided the power for the Eagles. Schoonover collected 15 kills with Stankus right behind her with 14. Liz Schlobohm nabbed 40 assists for UW-La Crosse and Melanie Tate led the defense with 24 digs.

Titans Sweep Yellowjackets To Advance In WIAC Tournament

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team won its WIAC quarterfinal round match for the first time since 2006 with a 25-13, 25-23, 25-23 sweep of UW-Superior on Tuesday (Nov. 4) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh will play in the semifinals against UW-La Crosse (26-10) at 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 7) in Eau Claire. The Eagles advanced in the tournament with a 3-0 victory over UW-River Falls on Tuesday in La Crosse.

Also advancing to the semifinals were UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater. Those two teams will play at 7 p.m. on Friday in Eau Claire. The championship match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 6) in Eau Claire.

UW-Oshkosh (35-2) started off strong in the match storming out to leads of 9-3 and 13-5. After UW-Superior (13-19) closed to within 17-12, UW-Oshkosh went on an 8-1 scoring run to take set one in convincing fashion.

Set two and three were tight throughout as hitting errors plagued the Titans. The Yellowjackets inched out to an 8-4 lead in set two before the Titans responded to knot the score at 10-10. After taking a two-point advantage at 14-12, UW-Superior gave up six straight point off of the serve of Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) to fall behind 18-15. After going on a 4-1 scoring skein to close to within 19-18, the Yellowjackets gave up three of the next four points to trail 22-19. Facing three set points at 24-21, UW-Superior crawled to within 24-23 before a kill by the Titans’ Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) ended the comeback.

Set three was tied 14 times as neither team has more than a four-point cushion. UW-Superior had the largest advantage of the stanza as late as 16-12 before UW-Oshkosh scored five of the next six points to tie the score at 17-17. From there the score was knotted five times until the Titans pulled ahead at 23-21. For the second consecutive set UW-Superior closed to within 24-23 before UW-Oshkosh ended the set on a kill, this time by Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center).

UW-Oshkosh, which entered the match ranked seventh in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, had Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) and Ashley Sullivan (So. • DeForest) slam 10 kills each.

Ray ended the contest with nine kills and six blocks, Smith had 13 digs and two service aces and Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) had 11 digs. Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) dished out 38 assists and added six digs and five kills and Mauer added three blocks.

UW-Superior, which ended its season with its third loss of the season to UW-Oshkosh, was led by Brittany Jarvis with 10 kills. Samantha Blake scooped up 12 digs, Kelsey Lesny had five blocks and Kayla Finck produced 28 assists for the Yellowjackets.

Titans To Host UW-Superior In WIAC Tournament Opener

UW-Oshkosh opens play in the 2008 WIAC Women's Volleyball Tournament by hosting UW-Superior at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 4) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh is seeded second in the eight-team tournament after sharing the WIAC's regular season championship with UW-Eau Claire. The Titans enter Tuesday's match with a 34-2 record, including a pair of wins over UW-Superior. UW-Oshkosh
defeated the Yellowjackets by scores of 3-2 (25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 24-26, 15-10) on Oct. 3 and 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18) on Oct. 10.

Seventh-seed UW-Superior brings a 13-18 record into Tuesday's contest after sharing sixth place in the league's regular season standings with UW-River Falls. The Yellowjackets are winless in 11 WIAC Tournament matches dating back to the 1992 season.

Tuesday's contest is the first WIAC Tournament meeting between the two teams since UW-Oshkosh posted a 3-0 win over UW-Superior in the quarterfinal round of the 2005 event.

The winner of Tuesday's match advances to meet third-seed UW-La Crosse (25-10) or sixth-seed UW-River Falls (15-21) in the semifinals on Friday (Nov. 7). Those two teams will play their quarterfinal round game on Tuesday in La Crosse.

Two other quarterfinal round contests will also be played on Tuesday as eighth-seed UW-Stout (5-24) visits top-seed UW-Eau Claire (21-10) and fifth-seed UW-Platteville (16-17) journeys to fourth-seed UW-Whitewater (25-6).

The highest-seeded team emerging from the quarterfinals will host the two semifinal round contests on Friday and the third-place and championship matches on Saturday (Nov. 8).

UW-Oshkosh, which has won its last 14 matches, enters the WIAC Tournament ranked seventh in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and UW-Whitewater 11th.

Fischer Wins WIAC Player Of The Week Award

The WIAC has named UW-Oshkosh left-side hitter Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) as its Women's Volleyball Player of the Week for matches held Oct. 27-Nov 2.

Fischer led UW-Oshkosh, ranked seventh in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, to a 4-0 record at the UW-Whitewater Invitational held Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

UW-Oshkosh (34-2) captured its sixth tournament title of the season by defeating 10th-ranked Carthage College, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22, Lakeland College, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17, Trinity International University (Ill.), 31-33, 25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 15-12, and Elmhurst College (Ill.), 25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 25-23.

Fischer totaled 54 kills (3.6 per set) on 132 attempts for a .288 hitting percentage during the four matches. She also added seven digs and five blocks.

Fischer had 14 kills and a .419 hitting percentage against Carthage College, 11 kills and a .375 hitting percentage against Lakeland College and 17 kills and a .412 hitting percentage against Elmhurst College. She tallied 12 kills against Trinity International University.

Titans Finish Regular Season With 34-2 Record

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team won its sixth tournament title of the season with a perfect 4-0 record at the UW-Whitewater Invitational held Friday and Saturday (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) in Whitewater.

UW-Oshkosh (34-2) swept Carthage College, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22, and Lakeland College, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17 on Friday and dispatched Trinity International University (Ill.) , 31-33, 25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 15-12, and Elmhurst College (Ill.), 25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 25-23, on Saturday.

Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) had 54 kills and Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) added 77 digs to lead the Titans. Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) recorded 30 kills and 48 digs, Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) accumulated 29 kills and eight blocks and Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) had 25 kills and 16 blocks. Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) dished out 157 assists and produced 44 digs.

In a battle of two teams ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, seventh-ranked UW-Oshkosh defeated 10th-ranked Carthage College (24-4) for the second time this season behind 14 kills by Fischer. Vara added 35 assists and Cahoon and Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) each tallied 13 digs. Smith pitched in 11 digs, Mauer five blocks and Ray seven kills, four digs and two blocks.

Fischer led the Titans in their win over Lakeland College (21-9) with 11 kills. Cahoon added 20 digs and Smith 12 and Vara ran the offense with 27 assists. Ray hit .417 on six kills. UW-Oshkosh has never lost to Lakeland College.

UW-Oshkosh overcame 21 missed serves and ran its record to 8-0 in five-set matches with its win over Trinity International University (12-24). The Titans had two triple-double performances with Vara recording 50 assists, 19 digs and 10 kills and Smith totaling 13 digs, 10 assists and 10 kills. Smith added four blocks. Fischer led the team with 12 kills and Cahoon added 28 digs. Ray slammed down 11 kills and added three blocks and Mauer had nine kills and four blocks. Christina Breitlow (So. • Hartford) added seven digs and two service aces and Stephanie Magnuson (So. • Lake Geneva) had nine digs.

Fischer led the Titans for the fourth time during the weekend in kills when she slammed down 17 in the Titans win over Elmhurst College (21-13). Smith added 13 digs and 11 kills, Magnuson 10 digs and Cahoon 16 digs as the Titans beat the Blue Jays for the second time this season. Vara dished out 45 assists and scooped up 18 digs, Beining had nine digs and Mauer added eight kills and five blocks in the Titans’ 14th straight victory.

Ray Selected WIAC Player Of The Week

UW-Oshkosh middle blocker Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) has been named by the WIAC as its Women's Volleyball Player of the Week for matches held Oct. 20-26.

Ray helped UW-Oshkosh enjoy a big week as the Titans posted a 5-0 record, captured a share of the WIAC championship and won the UW-La Crosse Invitational title.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, opened its activity for the week with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16) victory over UW-Platteville (14-13) on Oct. 22. Ray hit .562 with nine kills, four digs and three blocks to lead the Titans to a share of their third WIAC championship in four years.

UW-Oshkosh (30-2) extended its winning streak to 10 consecutive matches by going undefeated in four contests at the UW-La Crosse Invitational held Oct. 24-25. The Titans won the event by defeating Simpson College (17-10), 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-23), seventh-ranked Carthage College (21-3), 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 34-32, 29-27), Luther College (17-12), 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-22) and eighth-ranked California State University-East Bay (25-4), 3-2 (23-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 15-12). Ray received all-tournament honors after hitting .213 with 34 kills, five digs and 10 blocks.

Ray played in all 19 sets during the week and hit .264 with 43 kills, 10 blocks and nine digs.

Titans Defeat A Pair Of Nationally Ranked Teams At UW-La Crosse Invitational

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team reached 30-plus wins for the fourth straight year after defeating four opponents at the UW-La Crosse Invitational held Friday and Saturday (Oct. 24-25) in La Crosse.

UW-Oshkosh (30-2) started the tournament by ousting Simpson College (Iowa), 25-21, 25-16, 25-23, and Carthage College, 18-25, 25-22, 34-32, 29-27, on Friday. The Titans then defeated Luther College (Iowa), 25-13, 25-16, 25-22, and California State University-East Bay, 23-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 15-12, on Saturday. Carthage College entered the tournament ranked seventh in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, California State University-East Bay eighth and UW-Oshkosh 10th.

For the weekend Ashley Sullivan (So. • DeForest) led the Titans with 46 kills. Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) added 34 kills and 10 blocks, Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) 76 digs and Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) 178 assists, 35 digs and six service aces. Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) added 37 kills, Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) achieved 34 kills and 11 blocks and Andrea Smith (Fr. • Fond du Lac) had 37 digs.

Against Simpson College (17-10), UW-Oshkosh dominated the first two sets before holding off The Storm in the third set. Fischer slammed down nine kills and Vara added 26 assists and six digs. Cahoon gobbled up 13 digs and Stephanie Magnuson (So. • Lake Geneva) and Smith added nine each. Sullivan contributed seven kills in the victory.

UW-Oshkosh had five players with double-digit digs in its win over Carthage College (21-3). Cahoon took top honors for the Titans with 23 digs, followed by Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) and Magnuson with 18, Smith with 14 and Vara with 11 as UW-Oshkosh had a season-high 95 in the match. Mauer and Ray led the team with 12 kills each and Beining and Sullivan tallied 10. Vara dished out 53 assists while Ray added five blocks.

UW-Oshkosh hit a stellar .390 against Luther College (17-12) to open play on Saturday. The Titans slammed down 44 kills on 90 attempts to claim their second win over the Norse this season. Fischer led the team with 10 kills, followed by Mauer with nine and Sullivan with seven. Cahoon led the defense with 18 digs and Magnuson added nine. Vara ran the offense with 38 assists and Smith had seven digs, five kills and two service aces. Ray pitched in six kills and two blocks.

UW-Oshkosh improved to 7-0 on the season in five-set marathons with its victory over California State University-East Bay (25-4). Sullivan led the team with a career-high 22 kills. Fischer and Ray added 11 kills, Mauer 10 and Smith eight in the win. Cahoon led the defensive corps with 27 digs and Vara produced a career-best 61 assists, while adding 11 digs and two service aces. Mauer added four blocks, including three solos and Magnuson and Smith each had seven digs.

UW-Oshkosh led 5-1 in set five, before the Pioneers came back to tie the score at 6-6. The Titans responded by going on another 5-1 scoring run to take an 11-7 advantage. UW-Oshkosh held leads of 12-8, 13-9 and at match-point at 14-10. California University-East Bay sided-out and scored a point on its serve to close to within 14-12 before Sullivan ended the match with a kill.

UW-Oshkosh, which claimed its fifth tournament title of the year and extended its winning streak to 10 consecutive matches, placed Ray on the all-tournament team.

Titans Clinch A Portion Of WIAC Title

UW-Oshkosh earned a share of the 2008 WIAC women's volleyball championship by defeating UW-Platteville, 3-1, on Wednesday (Oct. 22) in Platteville.

The Titans ousted the Pioneers in set scores of 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16 to finish in a tie for first place in the WIAC standings with UW-Eau Claire. UW-Oshkosh and UW-Eau Claire both compiled 7-1 WIAC records, with the Blugolds securing
their piece of the league's top prize with Wednesday's 3-0 victory over UW-Superior. UW-Oshkosh and UW-Eau Claire tied for second place in last year's WIAC race.

UW-Oshkosh's WIAC title is its third in four years and ninth overall. Prior to this season, UW-Oshkosh captured WIAC championships in 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2006. The Titans shared titles with UW-Whitewater in 2001 and 2005 and UW-Eau Claire in 2006. UW-Eau Claire also won the WIAC championship in 1987.

UW-Oshkosh (26-2) hit .323 as it defeated UW-Platteville by a 3-1 count for the third time this season. The Titans hit .194 in set one, .353 in set two, .258 in set three and .471 in set four.

Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) had 11 kills to lead UW-Oshkosh, while Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls), Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) and Ashley Sullivan (So. • DeForest) added nine each. The Titans also benefited from the 46 assists, eight digs and three service aces of Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin), 13 digs and eight kills of Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) and the 10 digs and three service aces of Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown).

UW-Platteville (14-13/4-4 WIAC) hit .235 and stayed in the match thanks to 16 UW-Oshkosh service errors. The Pioneers hit .182 in set one, .355 in set two, .169 in set three and .222 in set four.

UW-Platteville was led by Melissa Hillebrand's 13 kills and Lisa Bell's 10 kills and six blocks. Rachel Chapman and Sam Plomb had eight kills each, while Ali Sikic totaled 40 assists and Abby Carey 16 digs. Chapman also tallied 12 digs.

By virtue of its 3-0 win over UW-Oshkosh on Oct. 4, UW-Eau Claire will be the top seed for the WIAC Tournament that begins on Nov. 4. The Blugolds open quarterfinal round action by hosting eighth-seeded UW-Stout, while second-seeded UW-Oshkosh entertains seventh-seeded UW-Superior.

Other quarterfinal round matches have sixth-seeded UW-River Falls at third-seeded UW-La Crosse and fifth-seeded UW-Platteville at fourth-seeded UW-Whitewater.

Quarterfinal round winners will advance to the semifinals at the site of the highest remaining seed on Nov. 7. The site will also host the third-place and championship contests on Nov. 8. The winner of the WIAC Tournament earns the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship.


UW-Oshkosh, ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, closes its regular season schedule with four matches at both the UW-La Crosse Invitational on Oct. 24-25 and the UW-Whitewater Invitational on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Titans Go For Ninth WIAC Title

UW-Oshkosh can claim at least a share of the 2008 WIAC women's volleyball championship when it closes league play at UW-Platteville on Wednesday (Oct. 22).

UW-Oshkosh, ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, enters Wednesday's
contest with a 25-2 record. The Titans have won six of their seven WIAC matches to share first place in the league standings with UW-Eau Claire. The Blugolds (14-10) finish their WIAC schedule by traveling to UW-Superior (11-14/2-5 WIAC) on Wednesday.

UW-Oshkosh and UW-Platteville (14-13/4-3 WIAC) have battled twice this season in non-conference action. The Titans won 3-1 matches over the Pioneers at the Colorado College Invitational on Aug. 29 and the UW-Platteville Invitational on Sept. 5.

UW-Oshkosh is attempting to capture at least a share of its ninth WIAC title. The Titans won or shared the WIAC crown in 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2006.

UW-Oshkosh
closes its regular season schedule with four matches at both the UW-La Crosse Invitational on Oct. 24-25 and the UW-Whitewater Invitational on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

The Titans will host a quarterfinal round contest in the WIAC Tournament on Nov. 4 in Kolf Sports Center.

Cahoon Named WIAC Player Of The Week

UW-Oshkosh libero Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) has been named the WIAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Week for matches played Oct. 6-12.

Cahoon helped UW-Oshkosh win all five of its matches during the week, including a 3-1 victory over UW-La Crosse on Oct. 8. In UW-Oshkosh’s triumph over UW-La Crosse, Cahoon totaled 33 digs and one service ace. The victory assured UW-Oshkosh of a home match in the quarterfinal round of next month’s WIAC Tournament.

Cahoon capped her week’s performance by earning the Most Valuable Player Award at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational held Oct. 10-11. The Titans posted 3-0 wins over UW-Superior, Monmouth College (Ill.), College of St. Catherine (Minn.) and Lawrence University to improve their record to 25-2 on the season. Cahoon totaled 66 digs in the tournament, including 24 against UW-Superior.

Titans Sweep Through UW-Oshkosh Invitational

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team swept all four of its opponents in convincing fashion to capture the UW-Oshkosh Invitational held Friday and Saturday (Oct. 10-11) in Kolf Sports Center. UW-Oshkosh, ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, has now captured four tournament titles this season.

UW-Oshkosh (25-2) prevailed over UW-Superior, 25-19, 25-16, 25-18 and Monmouth College (Ill.), 25-21, 25-9, 25-19 on Friday and The College of St. Catherine (Minn.), 25-14, 25-16, 25-23 and Lawrence University, 25-11, 25-13, 25-18 on Saturday.

Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown), who was named the most valuable player of the tournament, led the Titans with 66 digs. Ashley Sullivan (So. • De Forest) added a team-leading 25 kills, Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) 22 kills and nine blocks and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) 25 digs, 21 kills and four blocks.

Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) hit .389 on 19 kills, Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) totaled 19 kills, 18 digs and five service aces and Christina Breitlow (So. • Hartford) tallied 11 kills and 10 digs. Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) dished out 101 assists and added 22 digs and seven service aces and Danielle Swindell (Jr. • Hortonville) pitched in seven service aces. All 15 available players saw action in at least three sets.

UW-Oshkosh made short work of UW-Superior (7-12) after going to a deciding fifth set a week earlier (Oct. 3) in a WIAC match-up in Superior. Cahoon tallied 24 digs and two service aces to lead the Titans. Sullivan led the team with 11 kills and Smith had 10 kills and nine digs. Vara led the team with 38 assists and Swindell had a team-best three service aces. Beining and Ray each added six kills.

The Titans survived a close first set against the Scots to roll to their second win over Monmouth College (10-9) on the season. In a balanced attack, Ray and Sullivan each had six kills and Beining and Smith added five kills each. Vara ran the offense with 16 assists and added seven digs and two service aces and Katie Reimer (Fr. • Fond du Lac) dished out 10 assists.

Cahoon had 16 digs to lead the backcourt for UW-Oshkosh. UW-Oshkosh swept The College of Saint Catherine (9-11) for the second time this season behind 27 assists, six digs and four service aces from Vara. Breitlow, Mauer, Ray and Smith each had six kills in the contest with Mauer achieving the standard on only six attempts. Cahoon led the team with 18 digs and Ray added five blocks, including four solo stuffs.

The Titans hit .385 as a team, led by Mauer's nine kills on 14 errorless attempts in their win over Lawrence University (2-21). Vara dished out 20 assists and Reimer added 14 in sharing the setting duties. Cahoon had eight digs and Beining added seven. Breitlow, Ray and Swindell tallied two service aces and Valerie Yost (Sr. • Oshkosh) had five kills.

Ray and Sullivan joined Cahoon on the 10-person all-tournament team. Joining the Titans' trio were Melissa Schnettler from Lawrence University, Crystal Myers from Monmouth College, Maria Hoffmann and Callie Teigen from The College of St. Catherine, Amanda Mix and Pam Nora from UW-Stevens Point and Audra Stevenson from UW-Superior.

Titans Cage Eagles

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team kept its WIAC title hopes alive with a 25-15, 13-25, 25-23, 25-20 victory over UW-La Crosse on Wednesday (Oct. 8) in La Crosse.

UW-Oshkosh trails front runner UW-Eau Claire by one game in the loss column, with the Titans having one more conference match and the Blugolds four on their schedule.

Tied 13-13 in set one, UW-Oshkosh (21-2, 6-1 WIAC) went on an 8-0 scoring splurge to take a commanding 20-13 advantage. The Titans, ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association, took the last three points of the set for the 10-point victory.

Set two was all UW-La Crosse (18-7, 3-2 WIAC) as it sprinted out to leads of 6-2 and 12-4 to start the stanza. After a short 3-0 run closed the gap to 14-8, UW-Oshkosh was outscored 7-2 to fall behind 21-10. Both teams traded side outs to go into the locker room tied at 1-1 in sets.

UW-Oshkosh responded after the break by storming out to a 10-3 cushion in set three. Trailing 15-7, the Eagles used a barrage of short serves to disrupt the Titans offense and knot the score at 17-17 after a 10-2 scoring run. Tied again at 22-22, UW-Oshkosh used a side out and then a service ace by Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) to take a 24-22 advantage. A kill by Ashley Sullivan (So. • De Forest) ended the set for the Titans after the Eagles closed to within 24-23.

Tied seven times in the early stages of set four, UW-Oshkosh inched out to a 16-12 lead after a kill and then a block by Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls). The Titans’ cushion expanded to 20-14 and 23-17, and the Eagles could not get closer than four points the rest of the way as the match ended on a solo block by Smith. Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) added her fifth 30-plus dig performance of the year as she notched 33 to pace UW-Oshkosh.

Sullivan led the team with 15 kills and Mauer tallied 12 kills and four blocks. Smith finished the night with 10 digs, seven kills and four service aces and Stephanie Magnuson (So. • Lake Geneva) had 10 digs. Valerie Yost (Sr. • Oshkosh), honored before the match as the Titans’ lone senior, came off the bench to record six kills on 10 errorless attempts and produced four blocks.

Katie Reimer (Fr. • Fond du Lac) and Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) split time at the setting position, producing 24 and 16 assists, respectively.

UW-La Crosse was led by Amber Schoonover who had 16 kills and 16 digs. Liz Schlobohm dished out 35 assists and added four service aces and Melannie Tate had 12 digs. Brianne Stankus had 12 kills and 12 digs and Elizabeth Carlisle had 13 digs.

Blugolds Hand Titans First WIAC Loss

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team suffered its first WIAC loss of the season in a 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 defeat to UW-Eau Claire on Saturday (Oct. 4) in Eau Claire. The loss marked the first 3-0 sweep of the season for the Titans.

With the win, UW-Eau Claire (12-9, 3-0 WIAC) remains the only unbeaten WIAC team in conference play as it goes for its second conference title in three years. UW-Oshkosh shared the conference title with UW-Eau Claire in 2006 and also won the WIAC crown in 2005 with UW-Whitewater.

UW-Oshkosh (20-2, 5-1 WIAC) could not muster any offensive support for its left side hitters as Ashley Sullivan (So. • DeForest) and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) combined for 22 of the Titans' 31 kills.

In its five-set victory over UW-Superior on Friday (Oct. 3), Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) and Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) tallied 31 kills, but were limited to just four total against the Blugolds. Sullivan led the Titans with 15 kills on 32 attempts and Smith had seven kills and six digs.

Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) continued her torrid hot streak in the back court with 15 digs and Katie Reimer (Fr. • Fond du Lac) dished out 17 assists. Danielle Swindell (Jr. • Hortonville) contributed three service aces and Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) had seven digs.

The Titans, ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association, were playing without kill leader Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) who was injured in the match the previous night. The three-set loss was just the second for the Titans in their last 81 matches.

Titans Exterminate Yellowjackets

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team improved to 6-0 in five-set matches on the season in a 25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 24-26, 15-10 victory over UW-Superior on Friday (Oct. 3) in Superior.

With the win, the Titans have now recorded their 10th straight season of 20 or more wins.

UW-Oshkosh (20-1, 5-0 WIAC) won a close first set and dominated the second set to take a quick 2-0 lead in the match. Despite recording 15 kills in the third and fourth set, the Titans were forced to go to a fifth-set for the sixth time this year.

UW-Oshkosh dominated UW-Superior (6-10/0-4 WIAC) in the deciding set as Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) and Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) each had three kills. The pair combined for 31 kills in the match from the middle blocking position.

Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) set a new career-high with 35 digs in the match to pace the Titans. Mauer also set a new personal standard with 17 kills and added three solo blocks. Ray finished with 14 kills and five blocks and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) had 15 digs, eight kills and six service aces. Katie Reimer (Fr. • Fond du Lac) set a career high with 55 assists and 15 digs and Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) contributed nine kills and six digs. Stephanie Magnuson (So. • Lake Geneva) came off the bench for seven digs.

The Titans entered the contest ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. UW-Oshkosh hasn't lost to the Yellowjackets since the 1992 season.

WIAC Volleyball Set To 'Dig For The Cure'

WIAC women’s volleyball teams will participate in a “Dig for the Cure” promotion during the 2008 season in cooperation with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

Each of the nine WIAC teams will be involved in at least one “Dig for the Cure” event during the month of October. Student-athletes will solicit pledges for their own team’s digs with all of the proceeds being donated to the Madison Komen Foundation. The average digs for each WIAC team is close to 20 per set.

The following WIAC matches that will feature the “Dig for the Cure” promotion: UW-Oshkosh at UW-Superior (Oct. 3), UW-River Falls at UW-Stevens Point (Oct. 3), UW-Whitewater at UW-Platteville (Oct. 7), UW-Eau Claire at UW-River Falls (Oct. 8), UW-La Crosse at UW-Oshkosh (Oct. 8), UW-Superior at UW-Stout (Oct. 8), UW-Platteville at UW-La Crosse (Oct. 15), UW-Stevens Point at UW-Whitewater (Oct. 15), UW-Stout at UW-Eau Claire (Oct. 15).

During the designated matches, teams will wear pink warm-up shirts featuring the WIAC “Dig for the Cure” logo, pink shoe laces and pink hair ribbons.

“This promotion is another example of the emphasis that the WIAC and its member institutions place on the involvement of student-athletes in activities that benefit worthwhile causes”, commented WIAC Commissioner, Gary Karner. “Our volleyball teams are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Komen Foundation to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds that will hopefully lead to a cure of this dreaded disease”, added Karner.  

Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Nearly $1 billion has been invested to fulfill the promise of finding a cure, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Titans Tame Pointers

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team finished the first half of its WIAC slate undefeated with a 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-14 victory over UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday (Oct. 1) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (19-1, 4-0 WIAC), which entered the match ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, came back to win the match for the ninth time this season after losing the first set against the Pointers.

Tied at 13-13 in the first set, UW-Stevens Point (8-12; 0-3 WIAC) outscored UW-Oshkosh 7-3 to take a 20-16 lead. The Pointers held at least a three-point cushion in capturing the first set.

The Titans responded in set two, sprinting out to a 7-2 advantage. The Pointers closed to within 14-11 and 16-13 before UW-Oshkosh scored four out of the next five points to take a 20-14 lead. The Titans coasted from there to tie the match.

Set three was a back and forth affair with the score tied eleven times throughout the contest. Knotted at 15-15, UW-Oshkosh went on a 5-1 scoring run to take a 20-16 advantage. UW-Stevens Point responded with a four-point run to tie the score again at 20-20. The Pointers took a 22-21 lead before the Titans ended the set on a 4-1 scoring skein to take a 2-1 lead in sets.

UW-Oshkosh wasn’t threatened in set four, exploding to leads of 9-4 and 13-7. After trading side-outs, the Titans scored six straight points for a 19-8 advantage. The Pointers did not get closer than nine points the rest of way and were limited to a -.147 hitting percentage.

Megan Fischer (Jr. • Fond du Lac) led the Titans with nine kills, followed by Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) with eight. Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) scooped up 16 digs and Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) dished out 22 assists and had three service aces. Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) led the team with six service aces as the Titans produced 15 in the match.

Jennifer Rueter led the Pointers with 15 kills and added eight digs. Amanda Mix tallied 18 digs and three service aces and Pam Nora had 15 digs and nine kills. Chantel York ran the offense to the tune of 31 assists and Michaela Rheineck had five blocks.

Titans Win Three Of Four Matches At UW-Whitewater Invitational

After winning its first two matches on Friday (Sept. 26), the UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team lost its first match of the season on Saturday (Sept. 27) before finishing with a three-game sweep at the UW-Whitewater Invitational in Whitewater.

UW-Oshkosh (18-1) beat Luther College (Iowa), 26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, and Aurora University (Ill.), 26-24, 17-25, 25 16, 23-25, 15-12, on Friday and lost to Augustana College (Ill.), 26-24, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, and defeated Iowa Wesleyan University, 25-15, 25-18, 25-13 on Saturday.

Ashley Sullivan (So. • DeForest) led the Titans on the weekend with 34 kills. Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) added 26 kills and six blocks and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) had 29 digs and 23 kills. Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) led the team with 90 digs and nine service aces and Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) contributed 29 digs and 20 kills. Katie Reimer (Fr. • Fond du Lac) dished out 82 assists to pace the Titans.

In the first match of the tournament, UW-Oshkosh came back from a 16-8 deficit in the first set against Luther College (12-4) to take the early lead. After losing a close second set, the Titans relied on better hitting to take the match. Fresh off of her 16-kill performance against UW-Whitewater on Wednesday (Sept. 24), Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) led the Titans with 14 kills. Cahoon scooped up 23 digs and Stephanie Magnuson (So. • Lake Geneva) added 15 as the Titans tallied 68 in the match. Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) dished out 37 assists and added nine digs and six kills and Ray had eight kills and two blocks.

UW-Oshkosh handed Aurora University (1-13) its eighth five-set loss of the season in Friday’s nightcap. Beining led the Titans with 12 kills and totaled eight digs. Cahoon led UW-Oshkosh’s back court with 17 digs and Sullivan had eight kills and six digs. Vara produced 26 assists and Reimer 15 and Christina Breitlow (So. • Hartford) had seven kills.

In Saturday’s action the Titans had an opportunity to win a close first set against Augustana College (11-4), but a missed serve and two more miscues led to an early 1-0 set deficit. After losing the second set, UW-Oshkosh battled back to take set three before losing a back and forth fourth set. Sullivan led the Titans with 16 kills on a .333 hitting percentage. Smith added 12 kills and 14 digs and Cahoon had her third 30-plus dig performance of the year with 32 while accumulating six service aces. Reimer dished out 34 assists and Ray had eight kills.

In only its fifth, three-set sweep of the season, UW-Oshkosh was led by Sullivan with eight kills and three blocks in its win over Iowa Wesleyan University (7-11). Cahoon tallied 18 digs and Beining had 11 digs and seven kills on 15 errorless attempts. Reimer, in her first collegiate start, had 32 assists and nine digs and Danielle Swindell (Jr. • Hortonville) had seven digs.

UW-Oshkosh entered the invitational ranked ninth in the NCAA Division III according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Titans Top Warhawks In Nationally Ranked Battle

In what turned out to be the fourth consecutive five-set battle in the series, the UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team overcame conference-rival UW-Whitewater 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 15-13 on Wednesday (Sept. 24) in Whitewater.

UW-Oshkosh (15-0/3-0 WIAC) entered the match ranked ninth and UW-Whitewater (9-5/2-1 WIAC) 11th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The two teams traded identical scores in the first two sets as they combined for 54 kills and a .347 hitting percentage to start the match. UW-Oshkosh forged out to a 2-1 advantage in sets as it dominated the third stanza. The Titans had 12 kills and hit .500 in the set as they held leads of 18-7 and 21-11 before settling for the eight-point victory.

The Warhawks responded by starting the fourth set with leads of 4-0 and 7-2. The Titans managed to tie the score at 11-11 before the Warhawks went on a 5-1 scoring run to grab a 16-12 advantage. UW-Oshkosh again responded to close to within 21-20 before UW-Whitewater tied the contest at 2-2 with a 4-2 run to set up the dramatic deciding set.

UW-Whitewater started the fifth set up 3-1 and 7-5 before UW-Oshkosh made the side switch leading 8-7. Both teams traded side outs until UW-Oshkosh led 10-9. From there, UW-Oshkosh relied on a skill it had been struggling with all night when Danielle Swindell (Jr. • Hortonville) scored three consecutive points, including one on a service ace to give the Titans a 13-9 advantage.

UW-Whitewater would not fold however, closing the gap to 13-11 before the Titans claimed a potential match point at 14-11 on a net violation by the Warhawks. After UW-Oshkosh missed another serve to make the score 14-12, UW-Whitewater inched to within one point after a hitting error on UW-Oshkosh.

Trailing 14-13, the Warhawks kept the contest alive with two digs in the rally before the Titans’ Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) finally ended the two-hour marathon on a kill from the middle. The victory by the Titans marked the six consecutive occasion that the road team has won the match in the series, with five of those matches going to the deciding fifth set.

Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) led the Titans with 16 kills on 38 errorless attempts for a .421 hitting percentage. Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) had 17 digs and Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) dished out 40 assists. Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) topped the team with seven blocks and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) added nine kills and three blocks.

Keri Klotzbuecher led the Warhawks with 14 kills and Caitlin Hogan put down 10. Christina DeGroot added 32 assists and 11 digs and Alyssa Bauer had 22 digs.

UW-Oshkosh held advantages of 13-3 in blocks and .336 - .269 in hitting percentage. UW-Whitewater had cushions of 56-50 in kills, 59-40 in digs and 50-44 in assists. Both teams registered seven service aces with the Warhawks only committing eight missed serves compared to the Titans’ 21.

Titans Cage Falcons To Remain Unbeaten

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team swept its second consecutive conference opponent in as many days, with a 25-11, 25-18, 25-22 victory over UW-River Falls on Saturday (Sept. 20) in Kolf Sports Center.

Before its 3-0 win over UW-Stout to open its conference slate on Friday (Sept. 19), UW-Oshkosh had played nine straight matches of three or more sets. UW-Oshkosh (14-0, 2-0 WIAC), ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association, found itself down 3-0 to start the first set before responding after trailing 5-2.

After a side-out, the Titans scored four more points on their serve for a 7-5 cushion. Tied 8-8, UW-Oshkosh scored 17 of the next 20 points, including the set's last ten points to take a 1-0 lead in sets in the contest.

Set two was similar to the first stanza as both teams were tied 9-9 before UW-Oshkosh scored nine of the next 12 points to take an 18-12 advantage. From there, the Titans coasted to a 2-0 set lead over the Falcons.

Set three was close throughout as neither team had more than a three point lead until the Falcons scored three consecutive points for a 16-11 bulge. Trailing 17-12, UW-Oshkosh closed the gap to 17-16 before UW-River Falls inched out to 21-19. The Titans put the match away by going on a 6-1 scoring skein to end the contest.

In their second straight offensively balanced match, Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) led the Titans with seven kills, with Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) adding six and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) five. Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) dished out 30 assists and added eight digs and Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) had a match leading 14 digs and tallied three service aces. Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) topped the team with four service aces.

Kelsey Scheele contributed eight kills to lead the Falcons. Andria Vetsch had seven kills and Justine Speckel added four. No other UW-River Falls player had more than one kill. Mandy McKenzie scooped up seven digs and Becky Ponick had 12 assists and six digs.

UW-Oshkosh held leads of 34-22 in kills, 33-21 in assists and 11-1 in service aces. There were only five blocks in the match with UW-Oshkosh holding a small 3-2 advantage.

Titans Roll Past Blue Devils In WIAC Opener

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team started its WIAC slate in dominating fashion with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-14 win over UW-Stout on Friday (Sept. 19) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh, who entered the match as the 10th ranked team in the NCAA Division III according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association, held advantage of 34-21 in kills, 12-4 in service aces and 11-1 in total blocks in the three-set sweep.

After UW-Stout (2-9, 0-1 WIAC) closed to within 12-10 in set one, UW-Oshkosh (13-0, 1-0 WIAC) went on a 13-5 scoring run to end the first set. The Titans committed nine hitting errors in the first stanza, but also held a 14-6 advantage in kills and totaled five service aces and four blocks.

Set two saw the Blue Devils inch to a 10-9 cushion before the Titans scored nine consecutive points to vault to an 18-10 lead. The Blue Devils responded with a five-point run of their own to close the gap to 18-15 before the Titans scored four straight points for a 22-15 advantage. UW-Oshkosh coasted from there for a 2-0 lead in sets.

UW-Oshkosh started the third-set up 4-0 and 8-2 before UW-Stout came back to within 13-8. Again the Titans went on a big scoring run, this time a seven-point skein to lead 19-8. The Titans cruised from there as both teams traded side-outs until the final margin.

UW-Oshkosh, who beat UW-Stout for the sixth consecutive time, was led by Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) with seven kills on 12 attempts and five blocks. Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) had a match-high 14 digs and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) had six service aces and six digs. Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) and Katie Reimer (Fr. • Fond du Lac) shared setting duties with 18 and 13 assists, respectively.

Steph Nichols led UW-Stout with seven kills. Allie Moir tallied nine digs and Kim Labat had 16 assists and six digs.

Titans Go Unbeaten In UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team won its third tournament title of the year by going 4-0 at the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 12-13) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (12-0) defeated Concordia University Wisconsin, 25-12, 25-22, 20-25, 25-13, and Illinois Wesleyan University, 24-26, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 16-14, on Friday and Elmhurst College (Ill.), 15-25, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24, 15-4, and Concordia University Chicago, 25-10, 25-17, 16-25, 25-18 on Saturday.

The Titans, ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association, are off to their best start since the 1996 season when they began the year 27-0. Of UW-Oshkosh’s 12 matches, 10 have gone to more than three sets, including three that have been determined in the deciding fifth set.

Leaders for the Titans on the weekend included Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) with 50 kills, Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) with 40 kills, 34 digs and nine service aces and Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) with 35 kills and 15 blocks. Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls) added 21 kills and 13 blocks, Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) 174 assists and 32 digs and Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) 75 digs and nine service aces.

After dominating the first set against Concordia University Wisconsin (2-4), UW-Oshkosh trailed 20-14 in set two before Danielle Swindell (Jr. • Hortonville) went to work with her serve. After a Titan side out, Swindell scored nine straight points behind the service line, including three by service ace, to help UW-Oshkosh to a 24-20 advantage. The Titans held on from there for the three point victory.

After surrendering the third set, UW-Oshkosh rolled again in the fourth set to put away the Falcons. In a balanced attack, Fischer led the Titans with nine kills. Smith added eight kills and six digs and Cahoon had 14 saves. Vara dished out 32 assists and Ray had three blocks.

In a battle of the Titans, UW-Oshkosh had to come back from a 2-0 deficit in sets to claim their second consecutive five-set win over Illinois Wesleyan University (4-7). The left-side hitting duo of Fischer and Smith accounted for 36 of UW-Oshkosh’s 58 kills to lead the turnaround. Fischer ended the match with 20 kills and Smith had 16 put downs and added nine digs and five service aces.

Cahoon notched her second 30 plus dig outburst of the season with 31 and Vara ran the offense with 51 assists and added eight digs.

In its second consecutive five-set marathon, UW-Oshkosh again had to battle back from a deficit, this time trailing 2-1 in sets, for the victory over Elmhurst College. UW-Oshkosh found itself behind 18-14 in set four before going on an 8-4 run to tie the score at 22-22. The Titans went ahead 24-23 before settling for the extending win at 26-24.

UW-Oshkosh completey dominated Elmhurst College (4-3) in the fifth set by slamming down 13 kills on 17 attempts for a .706 hitting percentage. The Titans held advantages of 8-2 and 13-3 in the rout over the Bluejays.

Ray topped the Titans with 16 kills and added four blocks. Fischer contributed 13 kills and Vara dished out 53 assists and had seven digs. Smith amassed 11 digs and eight kills and Cahoon had 16 digs and three service aces. In her first collegiate start, Mauer had 10 kills and four blocks.

Despite a hiccup in the third set, UW-Oshkosh dominated Concordia University Chicago (4-5) in the last match of the tournament. Every available player for the Titans saw court time, led by Ray with 11 kills and five blocks. Fischer and Smith added eight kills and Stephanie Magnuson (So. • Lake Geneva) and Mauer each had six as the Titans had 57 in the match.

Cahoon scooped up 14 shots and Vara produced 38 assists and 13 digs. The Titans hit a season high .342 in the match.

Cahoon notched her third all-tournament team selection of the season as she was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Ray and Smith joined her on the 10-person all-tournament squad.

Others named to the all-tournament team were Sarah Potter from Concordia University Chicago, Stephanie Boehm and Katie Roessler from Concordia University Wisconsin, Katie Buechel and Alison Friedrich from Elmhurst College, Michelle Malinowski from Illinois Wesleyan University and Chelsea Lundgren from Northland College.

Titans Crowned UW-Platteville Invitational Champion

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team beat all four of its opponents by identical 3-1 scores to capture the UW-Platteville Import Sports/Nike Invitational held Friday and Saturday (Sept. 5-6) in Platteville. With the wins, UW-Oshkosh advances to its first 8-0 start to a season since 2001.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked 15th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, defeated Monmouth College (Ill.), 29-31, 25-14, 25-10, 25-15, and UW-Platteville, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22, on Friday and Augustana College (Ill.), 23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-21, and Edgewood College, 25-13, 25-16, 21-25, 25-17, on Saturday.

Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) led the Titans with 41 kills on 100 attempts, followed by Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield) with 28, Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) with 27, Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) with 24 and Ashley Sullivan (So. • DeForest) and Valerie Yost (Sr. • Oshkosh) with 21.

Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) dished out 171 assists and added 18 digs, 14 kills, 11 service aces and 10 blocks. Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) tallied 93 digs and eight service aces, Smith scooped up 30 digs and Ray added 12 blocks. For the weekend the Titans committed only 13 receiving errors and hit .246 as a team.

After surrendering a close first set against Monmouth College (2-2), UW-Oshkosh held the Fighting Scots under 15 points in the next three sets for the victory. After committing 10 hitting errors in the first stanza, the Titans settled down and hit a combined .333 in sets two, three and four.

Smith led UW-Oshkosh with 13 kills and added eight digs. Cahoon tallied 21 digs and four service aces and Vara collected 48 assists and five service aces. Fischer and Ray added eight kills and Beining put down seven. UW-Oshkosh held a 20-1 advantage in service aces.

In its second meeting against UW-Platteville (3-4) on the season, UW-Oshkosh again lost the first set before winning the next three sets for the victory. Beining and Sullivan each had 11 kills to pace the Titans. Vara ran the offense with 39 assists and achieved six kills, six digs and three blocks. Fischer and Ray finished with eight kills and Cahoon had 23 digs. Smith added 11 digs and Ray seven blocks, including three solo stuffs.

In a battle of undefeated teams, UW-Oshkosh lost the first set for the fifth time in seven matches before clawing out the victory against Augustana College (6-1). Both teams entered the match with an unblemished 6-0 start to the season.

Fischer slammed down a career-high 17 kills on 40 attempts to pace the Titans. Ray and Yost each slapped down nine kills and Beining added eight. Vara handed out 41 assists and tallied four blocks and Cahoon added 22 digs.

In the final match of the tournament UW-Oshkosh dished out 50 team assists on 51 kills in a balanced attack. Fischer had eight kills, followed by Smith with seven and Kelsey Mauer (Fr. • Sheboygan Falls), Kelly Ketterhagen (So. • Burlington) and Yost with five. Cahoon scooped up 27 digs for her fifth straight match with 20 or more saves. Vara had 43 assists and three service aces and Smith, Danielle Swindell (Jr. • Hortonville) and Cahoon each had two service aces.

For their efforts Cahoon and Fischer were named to the six-member all-tournament team. This is the second all tournament selection this season for both players.

Vara Selected WIAC Player Of The Week

UW-Oshkosh setter Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) has been named the WIAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Week for matches played Aug. 25-31.

Vara was named the Most Valuable Player at the Molten Volleyball Pikes Peak Challenge held Aug. 29-30 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

UW-Oshkosh took first place in the five-team tournament after defeating UW-Platteville (3-1), Colby-Sawyer College (N.H.) (3-0), The College of St. Catherine (Minn.) (3-0) and host Colorado College (3-2).

Vara played in 15 games during the four matches and totaled 134 assists, 37 digs and four service aces. She compiled 32 assists and six digs against WIAC-rival UW-Platteville and 48 assists and nine digs against Colorado College.

Titans Climb To Top Of Pikes Peak Challenge

The UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team started the season off on the right foot by capturing the Molten Pikes Peak Challenge on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 29-30) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Titans, ranked 15th in the NCAA Division III according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association, beat WIAC-rival UW-Platteville, 10-25, 26-16, 25-17, 25-20, and Colby-Sawyer College (N.H.), 25-18, 25-18, 25-18, on Friday and The College of St. Catherine (Minn.), 25-17, 25-14, 25-23, and Colorado College, 20-25, 25-11, 26-24, 15-25, 18-16, on Saturday.

In a balanced attack, Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) led the team with 32 kills, followed by Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) with 30 and Stephanie Magnuson (So. • Lake Geneva) with 26 on the weekend.

Defensively UW-Oshkosh was led by Christina Cahoon (So. • Watertown) with 78 digs followed by Katelyn Vara (Jr. • New Berlin) with 37 and Magnuson with 27. Vara led the team with 134 assists and Cahoon and Smith each had seven service aces.

After hitting -.130 in the first set against UW-Platteville, UW-Oshkosh turned things around to hit a combined .269 in sets two, three and four to claim the four-set victory. Fischer led the Titans with 11 kills and added nine digs and Cahoon led the backcourt with 19 digs. Vara added 32 assists, six digs and two service aces and Smith tallied eight kills, six digs and two service aces.

In UW-Oshkosh’s second match of the day the Titans dominated Colby-Sawyer College by limiting them to 20 kills on a .012 hitting percentage. UW-Oshkosh also held advantages of 50 to 30 in digs, six to one in service aces and 35 to 20 in assists.

Ray topped the Titans with 11 kills. Cahoon scooped up 14 digs and produced three service aces and Vara dished out 26 assists and had 11 digs.

Despite only recording one block in its opening contest on Saturday, UW-Oshkosh held The College of St. Catherine to 19 kills and a .044 hitting percentage in the three set sweep. The Wildcats only had two players record more than one kill and were out dug 52-31.

The Titans were led by Cahoon with 15 digs. Vara chipped in 28 assists and 11 digs and Smith had seven kills and three service aces. Julie McGinnis (Fr. • Middleton) came off the bench to hit .800 on four kills.

In what turned out to be the championship match of the tournament, UW-Oshkosh came back to take set five after trailing 8-3 and 11-6 against Colorado College. Down by five points, the Titans’ Smith rattled off six straight serves to push the guests out to a 12-11 advantage. The two combatants traded points until a tip kill by Val Yost (Sr. • Oshkosh) delivered the victory at 18-16.

UW-Oshkosh had four players with double-digit kills lead by Yost with 13, including five in the fifth stanza. Smith finished with 12 kills and eight digs and Fischer and Ray had 11 kills each. Magnuson had nine kills and eight digs. Vara completed 48 assists and nine digs and Cahoon had a match-high 30 digs.

Vara was rewarded as the tournament’s most valuable player and Cahoon and Fischer each were selected to the eight-person all-tournament team.

Titans Ranked 15th In Preseason Poll

UW-Oshkosh is ranked 15th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) preseason poll of NCAA Division III women's volleyball teams.

The Titans are coming off a 2007 season where they compiled a 32-6 record, including a 3-2 loss to eventual national champion Washington University (Mo.) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship. UW-Oshkosh shared second place in last year's WIAC standings with UW-Eau Claire.

Juniata College (Pa.) earned the top spot in the poll after receiving 588 points and 13 of the 24 first-place votes. Washington University ranked second with 584 points (10 first-place votes), while Emory University (Ga.) listed third with 541 (one first-place vote), Wittenberg University (Ohio) fourth with 492 and the University of La Verne (Calif.) fifth with 466. UW-Oshkosh collected 233 points in the poll.

UW-Oshkosh was among four WIAC teams ranked. Defending WIAC champion UW-Whitewater was ranked ninth, UW-Eau Claire 19th and UW-La Crosse 20th. Along with playing matches against those teams, UW-Oshkosh will also battle 10th-ranked Carthage College (twice) and 12th-ranked California State University-East Bay during the 2008 campaign.

UW-Oshkosh returns 11 letter winners from last year's team, including starters Megan Fischer (Jr. • Manitowoc) at left-side hitter, Jacque Ray (Jr. • Richland Center) at middle blocker and Andrea Smith (So. • Fond du Lac) at left-side hitter. Katie Beining (Jr. • Brookfield), a left-side hitter, rejoins the team after missing the 2007 season with an injury. She received All-WIAC honorable mention recognition in 2005 and 2006.

UW-Oshkosh, which has won 100 of its last 117 matches, opens its 2008 season against UW-Platteville on Aug. 29 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Titans' first home contest is against Concordia University Wisconsin on Sept. 12.