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Milwaukee Panthers Women’s Sports Roundup

It was a thrilling time for Milwaukee Panther athletics this past week as the volleyball team finished their regular season, while the women’s basketball squad played their first game of the year.

The Panthers volleyball team began their weekend with a Friday night matchup on the road against the first place Oakland Golden Grizzlies. This match was a battle, as it came down to a crucial fifth-set, but Milwaukee was unable to squeeze out the victory, falling three sets to two.

With the loss, the Panthers clinched the second seed in the Horizon League tournament.

Julie Kolinske recorded a team-high 15 kills, while Kaisa Mattson added 14 kills and Myanna Ruiz had 10. Kayla Price registered a game-high 54 assists and Taylor Golabowski had 17 digs.

The Panthers were in this match the entire evening, and it was too bad to see Milwaukee lose with the regular season Horizon League title on the line.

However, they came back on Saturday afternoon and took care of business against Wright State, winning the match in three straight competitive sets.

This was an excellent bounce-back performance for Milwaukee to end their regular season on a positive note.

Kolinske continued her dominance, tallying 17 kills in her final regular season match as a Panther. Nicole Latzig was the only other Milwaukee player to record double digit kills with 13.

Price had another big performance recording 41 assists. Golabowski had 20 digs and Ruiz added 13.

Now Milwaukee will focus their sights on the Horizon League Tournament, which begins this week at Oakland. As the No. 2 seed, the Panthers will have a first-round bye and will not play until Saturday.

Following the conclusion to the regular season, the league office announced the season awards on Monday. Kolinske and Price were named to the All-Horizon League team – the second time each earned this honor.

Just as the volleyball team’s regular season came to a conclusion, Milwaukee’s women’s basketball squad began their regular season campaign.

In their season opener, they topped North Dakota State 77-73 as Ashley Green had a monster performance scoring a career-high 36 points while pulling down 15 rebounds on Sunday afternoon.

Jenny Linder had an outstanding performance off the bench with 12 points and seven rebounds. Jaleesa Armstrong added 10 points and six assists, and Jordyn Swan had eight points and four rebounds for the Panthers.

This was a back and forth contest the entire afternoon, and it was not until midway through the second half that Milwaukee was able to take control of the game after going on a 12-2 run.

Hopefully this game is a sign to come for the Panthers after they struggled all last season going only 8-22 overall including 3-12 on the road. It is still early, but it should be interesting to see if the Panthers can continue to play at a high level.

Milwaukee will look to start the season 2-0 when they face off against North Dakota on the road Tuesday evening before returning home to face Bowling Green on Saturday morning in their home opener.

This is a crucial week for the volleyball team with the conference tournament underway. They will need to make a run through the tournament and win the Horizon League Tournament title in order to extend their season into the NCAA Tournament. It will also be an important week for the women’s basketball team, despite the season just getting underway, as they look to continue to play well and to prove to people that they have the potential to be a surprising team this season.

Stay tuned next week for the thirteenth edition of the Milwaukee Panthers Women’s Sports Roundup to be up to date on everything happening with these two successful programs.

2 Comments

  1. Dan Zielinski

    November 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I have a strong feeling that the Panthers will repeat as HL Tourney champs!! Go Panthers!!

    • Dan Zielinski III

      November 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Hopefully but it won’t be easy especially if they have to play Oakland in the championship match at home.

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