Southward Named To Third NCAA All-America Team
Three Titans Selected To NCAA All-Region Team
UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball players Jessie Goffard, Kristi Kujak and Christina Southward have received NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region accolades by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Joining the UW-Oshkosh trio on the 12-member NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region squad were Kristy Dettman, Allison Erickson, Melinda Erickson and Angie Wildish of UW-Whitewater, Katie Carrier of St. Norbert College, Jen Frantz of Elmhurst College, Tiffany Hamblin of Illinois Wesleyan University, Brooke Kaiser of UW-Platteville and Kiersten Madden of Augustana College. Allison Erickson was selected to the NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region team for the fourth time, while Melinda Erickson and Southward were chosen for the third.
Goffard, a senior left-side hitter from Kimberly, made an immediate impact for UW-Oshkosh this past year after transferring from NCAA Division I University of New Mexico. She totaled 479 kills, 367 digs, 73 blocks and 55 service aces for the Titans despite missing the first nine matches due to an injury. Goffard had double-digit kills in all 26 matches that she played, including 32 against UW-Eau Claire to set a UW-Oshkosh record and tie a WIAC mark. Goffard's performance against the Blugolds gained her NCAA Division III Player of the Week recognition. Earlier this month, Goffard was selected as an All-WIAC performer.
Kujak, a junior middle blocker from Fountain City, led UW-Oshkosh this past season with her 517 kills, 136 blocks and .430 hitting percentage. She had double-digit kills in 31 of the Titans' 36 matches, including 21 against Central College and UW-Stout for season bests. Kujak, who received All-WIAC status earlier this month, ranks ninth in UW-Oshkosh history with 1,033 career kills.
Southward, who shared WIAC Player of the Year honors with UW-Whitewater's Allison Erickson, totaled 1,465 assists, 506 digs and 106 service aces this past season to lead UW-Oshkosh in all three categories. She also contributed 309 kills, 99 blocks, 15 triple-doubles (kills, assists and digs) and a .425 hitting percentage while being named NCAA Division III Player of the Week once and WIAC Player of the Week twice.
Southward's career totals are also impressive, owning UW-Oshkosh records with her 6,122 assists, 1,634 digs, 1,081 kills, 321 service aces, 319 blocks and a .436 hitting percentage. In the WIAC, the four-time all-league selection ranks first in career assists and career hitting percentage and third in career service aces. Nationally, the St. Anthony, Minn., native ranks third in the NCAA Division III in career hitting percentage and fourth in career assists.
UW-Oshkosh compiled a 32-5 record, shared the WIAC title and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Championship this past season.
Petersen Selected As Midwest Region's Top Freshman
Titans Defeated In Third Round Of NCAA Championship
UW-Whitewater showed UW-Oshkosh why it is the top-ranked team in the country as the Warhawks swept the sixth-ranked Titans, 3-0, in a third round match of the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship held Saturday (November 10) in Whitewater. The victory puts UW-Whitewater in the quarterfinal round of the 48-team post-season event, where it will meet Washington University on Saturday (Nov. 17) in Whitewater.
UW-Whitewater (33-2) defeated UW-Oshkosh (32-5) for the third time in four matches this season by winning games of 30-16, 30-26 and 30-20. The first game was relatively easy for the Warhawks as they built a 24-10 lead and never looked back. In the second game, UW-Oshkosh pulled to a tie at 21 after trailing 16-9. UW-Whitewater matched UW-Oshkosh's charge by ending the second game with a 6-2 scoring run. The third game belonged to UW-Whitewater down the stretch as the Warhawks pulled away from a tie at 17 with a game-ending 13-3 scoring run.
UW-Whitewater hit .246 against UW-Oshkosh and benefited from 37 kills, seven service aces and four blocks. UW-Oshkosh hit just .048 in the match and was hampered by 32 hitting errors, 10 service errors and seven receiving errors. The Titans had double-digit hitting errors in all three games, while the Warhawks had just nine for the entire match.
Senior left-side hitter Jessie Goffard had 12 kills and seven digs for UW-Oshkosh, while junior middle blocker Kristi Kujak had nine kills and three digs and senior setter Christina Southward 32 assists, 13 digs and two service aces. Southward concludes her career with 6,122 assists, the fourth-highest total in NCAA Division III history.
UW-Oshkosh's appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship was its ninth. The Titans are now 16-11 in NCAA Division III post-season play, with previous appearances in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2000. UW-Oshkosh advanced to the national semifinals in 1991, 1994 and 1996.
Titans Advance In NCAA Championship
UW-Oshkosh upgraded its standing to the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship following its 3-1 victory over Elmhurst College on Friday (November 9) in Whitewater. The Titans will have another opportunity to move on in the 48-team event when they meet UW-Whitewater (32-2), the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III, on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. in Whitewater.
UW-Oshkosh (32-4) won its opening match of the NCAA Division III Championship for the eighth time in nine attempts, defeating Elmhurst College (33-7) in game scores of 30-22, 28-30, 30-19 and 30-28. The Titans entered the contest ranked sixth in the country, while the Blue Jays were ranked 12th. It was the first meeting of the season between the two combatants.
UW-Oshkosh split its first two games against Elmhurst College by hitting .171 in game one and .128 in game two. The Titans posted victories in the next two games by hitting .432 in game three and .204 in game four. Elmhurst College hit a match-best .143 in game two. In all, UW-Oshkosh hit .226 in the match with nine blocks and eight service aces, while Elmhurst College hit .087 with four blocks and four service aces. The two teams combined for 29 service errors, with UW-Oshkosh having 17.
UW-Oshkosh totaled 62 kills in the match, with senior setter Christina Southward having 17, senior left-side hitter Jessie Goffard 15, junior middle blocker Kristi Kujak 14 and freshman left-side hitter Cassie Uttech 11. Southward, a two-time NCAA Division III All-American, also had 40 assists, 11 digs and three assisted blocks. Goffard also registered 19 digs, three assisted blocks and two service aces to help the Titans to their 62nd win in their last 75 matches.
Titans Receive NCAA Post-Season Bid
Titans Place Three Players On All-WIAC First Team
Co-Players of the Year Allison Erickson of UW-Whitewater and Christina Southward of UW-Oshkosh headline the 2001 All-WIAC Women's Volleyball First Team.
Erickson helped UW-Whitewater to a share of the WIAC title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championship. She ranks eighth in the league in hitting percentage (.297) and kills (3.42 per game). Erickson is a four-time All-WIAC first team selection. She also was named to the All-WIAC Defensive Team.
Erickson is joined on the All-WIAC first team by three teammates - Kristy Dettman, Melinda Erickson and Angie Wildish. Dettman leads the league with 13.26 assists per game. Melinda Erickson is a three-time All-WIAC first team honoree and ranks second in the league in kills (4.56 per game). She is hitting .276 on the season with 3.56 digs per game. Wildish leads the league in digs (5.61 per game) and ranks sixth in kills (3.48 per game), while hitting .274. She also earned All-Defensive Team honors.
UW-Oshkosh's Southward helped the Titans (31-4) to an at-large berth in the NCAA Division III Championship and a share of their first conference title since 1995. She leads the league in service aces (0.90 per game), ranks second in hitting (.421) and assists (12.33 per game), and is fourth in digs (4.27 per game). Southward, a senior from St. Anthony, Minn., also earned All-WIAC Defensive honors and is a four-time All-WIAC first team selection.
Joining Southward on the All-WIAC first team are fellow Titans Jessie Goffard and Kristi Kujak. Goffard, a senior from Kimberly, leads the conference in kills (5.26 per game) and ranks third in hitting percentage (.358). She also ranks fifth in service aces (0.59 per game) and adds 0.81 blocks per game. Kujak, a junior from Fountain City, leads the league in hitting percentage (.443), ranks third in kills (4.37 per game) and is fourth in blocks (1.16 per game).
UW-Eau Claire's Rachel Gullerud helped the Blugolds to a 23-9 record this season. She ranks fourth in the WIAC in hitting percentage (.315) and kills (3.99 per game), while adding 3.71 digs per game. Gullerud was also named to the WIAC All-Defensive Team.
UW-La Crosse's Megan Eklund earned All-WIAC first team honors for the fourth time in her career. She hit .279 this season and ranks fourth in the league with 0.64 service aces per game, while dishing out 10.78 assists per game.
UW-River Falls' Krystle Brune led the squad to the WIAC Tournament semifinals. She contributed a team-leading 2.96 kills per game and hit .256 this season.
UW-Platteville's Brooke Kaiser helped the Pioneers to a 24-10 record this season. She is a two-time All-WIAC first team performer and leads the league in blocks (1.25 per game), while ranking fifth in hitting percentage (.312) and ninth in kills (3.40 per game). Kaiser also added 3.14 digs per game this season.
UW-Stout's Kim Roshell earned All-WIAC first team honors for the first time in her career. She helped the Blue Devils to a 24-9 record, their best season since 1994. Roshell ranks fifth in the conference in kills (3.75 per game) and also added 3.34 digs per game this season.
UW-La Crosse's Rachel Ask and UW-Stout's Rachel Eidet were also named to the WIAC's six-member All-Defensive Team.
UW-Whitewater head coach Kris Russell was selected the 2001 WIAC Coach of the Year by her peers, marking the sixth time in her career she has won the honor. Her teams have been to NCAA Division III post-season play 14 times in her 21 seasons and have accumulated eight conference titles during her tenure.
Titans Swept In WIAC Tournament Final
Meeting for the third time this season, UW-Whitewater defeated UW-Oshkosh, 3-0, in the championship match of WIAC Women's Volleyball Tournament held Saturday (Nov. 10) in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Whitewater, which shared the WIAC regular season title with UW-Oshkosh, swept the Titans in games of 30-12, 30-20 and 30-19 to win its fifth straight WIAC Tournament championship. The victory gave UW-Whitewater (31-2) an automatic entry to the upcoming NCAA Division III Championship.
UW-Whitewater split its previous two matches with UW-Oshkosh (31-4) this season, winning 3-1 on September 29 and losing 3-1 on October 24. UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh advanced to the championship contest by posting semifinal round victories on Friday (November 9) in Kolf Sports Center over UW-River Falls (3-0) and UW-Stout (3-1), respectively.
UW-Whitewater, the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III, hit .372 against UW-Oshkosh with Melinda Erickson totaling 16 kills and twin sister Allison 11. The Warhawks had only nine hitting errors in the match, while recording 55 digs, eight blocks and six service aces. Kristin Dettman added 45 assists and 10 digs and Angie Wildish 17 digs and nine kills to UW-Whitewater's winning performance.
UW-Oshkosh, the fifth-ranked team in the NCAA Division III, hit just .149 against UW-Whitewater. The Titans also had only five blocks and one service ace. Senior left-side hitter Jessie Goffard had 14 kills and 10 digs in the one hour, 20 minute match, while senior setter Christina Southward compiled 30 assists and 11 digs and junior middle blocker Kristi Kujak nine kills and two solo blocks.
UW-Oshkosh's setback was its first in 18 matches. The Titans also had their 24-match winning streak at Kolf Sports Center snapped.
In the third-place match, UW-River Falls (20-17) defeated UW-Stout (24-9), 3-1. The Falcons won the contest in scores of 30-22, 26-30, 30-25 and 30-27 to sweep the two-match season series with the Blue Devils. Melissa Tvrdik totaled 15 kills and nine assisted blocks and Karen ZumMallen 15 kills and 22 digs to lead UW-River Falls. UW-Stout was led by Kim Roshell, who registered 15 kills and 18 digs, and Rachel Eidet, who compiled 11 kills and 22 digs.
Titans Move To WIAC Tournament Final
Regular season co-champions UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater square off for the third time this season when they meet in the championship match of the WIAC Tournament on Saturday (Nov. 3) in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Oshkosh (31-3) and UW-Whitewater (30-2) advanced to Saturday's championship contest (2:30 p.m.) by posting semifinal wins on Friday (Nov. 2) in Kolf Sports Center over UW-Stout (24-8) and UW-River Falls (19-17), respectively. UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater had wins over each other earlier this season, but this time an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament is on the line. Prior to the title match, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout play for third place at noon.
UW-Whitewater, the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III, opened semifinal round action by sweeping UW-River Falls in game scores of 30-15, 30-23 and 30-22. UW-Oshkosh, the fifth-ranked team in the NCAA Division III, followed by defeating UW-Stout in game scores of 30-17, 23-30, 30-20 and 30-23.
UW-Whitewater hit .255 against UW-River Falls, with Melinda Erickson totaling 16 kills, Allison Erickson 13, Angie Wildish 12 and Lindsay Tomasovich 10. Melinda Erickson and Wildish added 22 digs, while Kristin Dettman contributed 48 assists and 15 digs.
UW-River Falls lost to UW-Whitewater for the third time this season after hitting just .052, with marks of .050 in game two and .020 in game three. Krystle Brune led the Falcons with eight kills, while Karen ZumMallen added seven kills and a team-high 15 digs.
UW-Oshkosh extended its winning streak to 18 matches by hitting .299 with 65 kills against UW-Stout. Also of note in the outcome were the Titans' 20 blocks and eight service aces.
After a split of games one and two, UW-Oshkosh took game three against UW-Stout on the serve of sophomore left-side hitter Amanda Delgadillo. Delgadillo served seven straight points for an 8-1 lead and another 11 in a row for a 26-16 advantage.
In addition to Delgadillo, who also had four service aces in the match, UW-Oshkosh also received outstanding play from senior left-side hitter Jessie Goffard, junior middle blocker Kristi Kujak, freshman middle blocker Amber Petersen, senior setter Christina Southward and freshman left-side hitter Cassie Utech.
Goffard totaled 20 kills, 10 digs and nine blocks in the match, while Kujak had 15 kills, Petersen 13 blocks and five kills, Southward 52 assists, nine digs and eight kills and Utech nine kills and seven digs. Kim Roshell totaled 11 kills to lead UW-Stout, while teammate Rachel Eidet had 12 digs and eight kills.
Titans Sweep Pointers In WIAC Tournament Opener
Winning its 17th straight match, including its 15th by a three-game sweep, the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team defeated UW-Stevens Point on Tuesday (Oct. 30) in Kolf Sports Center to advance in the WIAC Tournament.
UW-Oshkosh (30-3) outscored UW-Stevens Point (8-19) in games of 30-26, 30-17 and 30-18 to earn the right to host the semifinals and finals this weekend. Semifinal round action begins on Friday (November 3) at 5 p.m. with second-seed UW-Whitewater (29-2) playing third-seed UW-River Falls (19-16). That contest will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. match between the top-seeded Titans and fourth-seed UW-Stout (24-7). Competition concludes on Saturday (November 4) with the third-place match at 12 noon and the championship contest at 2:30 p.m. The winner of the WIAC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
UW-Oshkosh had a slow start against UW-Stevens Point, hitting just .089 with 12 errors in game one. The Titans improved their play during the remainder of the match, however, hitting .533 with just two errors in game two and .600 with just two errors in game three. UW-Oshkosh ended up hitting .350 for the match, compared to just .096 for UW-Stevens Point. The Titans also benefited in the match from 14 service aces and 13 blocks.
Individually, senior left-side hitter Jessie Goffard had 14 kills and five digs for UW-Oshkosh, while senior setter Christina Southward totaled 40 assists, 10 kills, nine digs and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Kristi Kujak also contributed seven kills and six blocks, freshman left-side hitter Cassie Uttech eight kills and eight digs and freshman middle blocker Amber Petersen seven kills and three blocks.
UW-Oshkosh's win over UW-Stevens Point was its third of the season. The victory also extended the Titans' home court winning streak to 23 matches.
Southward Named National Player of the Week
Another Invitational Title For The Titans
Sweeping all four of its opponents in three-game matches, the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team won its own invitational held Friday and Saturday (October 26-27) in Kolf Sports Center. The tournament title was the Titans' fifth of the season.
UW-Oshkosh, ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III with a 29-3 record, extended its winning streak to 16 matches by defeating Ripon College (30-21, 30-21 and 30-13), Augsburg College (30-22, 30-18 and 30-18), Marian College (30-17, 30-26 and 30-21) and UW-Stevens Point (30-20, 30-23 and 30-18). UW-Oshkosh's contest with Marian College was a rematch of last year's first round battle in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
UW-Oshkosh senior setter Christina Southward was named the event's most valuable player, totaling 182 assists, 58 digs, 37 kills, six service aces and a .750 hitting percentage. She was joined on the all-tournament team by UW-Oshkosh teammates Jessie Goffard and Kristi Kujak. Goffard, a senior left-side hitter, compiled 56 kills and 50 digs, while Kujak, a junior middle blocker, totaled 63 kills, 12 blocks and a .630 hitting percentage.
UW-Oshkosh hit .472 or better in all four matches on its friendly home court, including .532 against Augsburg College and .481 against UW-Stevens Point.
Titans Claim Share Of WIAC Championship
Titans Sweep Blue Devils To Remain In WIAC Title Hunt
Titans Rally To Capture Falcons
Titans Sweep To Another Invitational Title
Hosting its second invitational of the season, the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team duplicated its performance of the first by sweeping past four opponents in games played Friday and Saturday (Oct. 12-13) in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Oshkosh, the 18th-ranked team in the NCAA Division III, defeated the University of Chicago (30-13, 30-13 and 30-20), North Central College (30-19, 30-13 and 30-27), North Park University (30-25, 30-14 and 30-16) and Benedictine University (30-16, 30-18 and 30-23) to post its fourth invitational title of the season. Last weekend (Oct. 5-6) in Kolf Sports Center, UW-Oshkosh swept all 12 games in defeating Illinois Wesleyan University, Finlandia University, Union College and Concordia University Wisconsin.
Leading UW-Oshkosh (22-3) to its ninth straight win, all in three-game sweeps, were all-tournament selections Jessie Goffard, Amber Petersen and Christina Southward. Goffard, a senior left-side hitter, compiled 59 kills, 36 digs and 10 service aces to gain most valuable player honors. Petersen, a freshman middle blocker, had 29 kills and 14 blocks, while Southward, a senior setter, added 179 assists, 32 digs and 12 blocks. Southward now has 5,539 career assists, a UW-Oshkosh record and the sixth-highest total in NCAA Division III history.
Other major contributors for the Titans were junior middle blocker Kristi Kujak, who totaled 59 kills and 11 blocks, and freshman setter Katie LaBlanc, who had 24 digs and 11 service aces.
In all, UW-Oshkosh hit .384 or better in four matches, including .547 against North Central College and .535 against North Park University.
Titans Remain In Thick Of WIAC Title Race
Titans Sweep Past Invitational Foes
Winning all 12 games it played, the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team went undefeated in four matches to win its own invitational held Friday and Saturday (Oct. 5-6) in Kolf Sports Center. The invitational crown was the Titans' third of the season, with previous titles at events hosted by Benedictine University and St. Mary's University.
UW-Oshkosh (17-3), ranked 19th in the NCAA Division III, began play on Friday by defeating Illinois Wesleyan University (10-9) in game scores of 30-25, 30-22 and 30-24 and Finlandia University (0-14) in game scores of 30-16, 30-15 and 30-14. The Titans continued their winning ways on Saturday by defeating Union College (6-11) in game scores of 30-19, 30-15 and 30-17 and Concordia University Wisconsin (9-12) in game scores of 30-19, 30-23 and 30-10. UW-Oshkosh hit .315 or better in all four matches, including .464 against Union College.
En route to winning its own tournament, UW-Oshkosh was led by senior setter Christina Southward and senior left-side hitter Jessie Goffard, both all-tournament selections. Southward had 130 assists, 46 digs, 12 blocks and 11 service aces to gain most valuable player honors, while Goffard had 45 kills, 27 digs and eight service aces. Junior middle blocker Kristi Kujak added 38 kills and 16 blocks. Southward, a two-time NCAA Division III All-American, now has 5,355 career assists, 95 shy of a new UW-Oshkosh record. Her career assist total currently ranks eighth in NCAA Division III history.
Titans Split Four Matches At UW-Whitewater Invite
The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team gained a split decision in matches played at the UW-Whitewater Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 28-29) in Whitewater.
On Saturday, UW-Oshkosh faced a pair of top-five nationally-ranked teams in Central College and UW-Whitewater. Against Central College (11-3), UW-Oshkosh won games one (30-27) and four (32-30) while the Flying Dutch won games two (32-30), three (30-26) and five (15-9). UW-Oshkosh was limited to a .196 hitting percentage against UW-Whitewater and was hindered by its nine receiving errors and eight service errors. UW-Whitewater won the first two games of the match by 30-23 and 30-24 scores, before UW-Oshkosh won game three by a 30-24 rating. The Warhawks (13-1) closed out the match with a 30-20 victory in game four.
UW-Oshkosh senior left-side hitter Jessie Goffard recorded 71 kills and 67 digs in the four matches, while senior middle blocker Kristi Kujak added 59 kills and senior setter Christina Southward 201 assists and 61 digs. Southward, a two-time NCAA Division III All-American, now has 5,225 career assists to pull within 235 of establishing a new school record.
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Titans Raise Money For Humane Society
The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team has 104 services aces thus far this season, which is not only good for the Titans' fortunes, but also for area animals.
This is the inaugural year of the Titans' Aces for Animals fundraiser, which is intended to benefit the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. Donors pledge money for every UW-Oshkosh ace, and at the end of the season players and coaches will collect their totals and donate them to the Humane Society.
"Everybody always takes care of the people, and forgets about the animals," said UW-Oshkosh head coach Marty Petersen. "They really are the defenseless ones out there. People dump animals for whatever reason, they're moving, change of lifestyle, whatever."
Petersen said the goal is to help raise money to contribute to the $3-3.5 million needed to convert the Humane Society's new building into a viable facility.
"We want to create a facility the community can be proud of, but the community's going to have to be involved with more than just lip service," said Petersen. "We don't want a storage facility, we want a place people can be educated, a place where dogs can be educated in obedience, become more adoptable and sociable."
The idea for Aces for Animals came from Titans assistant coach Brian Schaefer, Petersen said. While the team's goal for this season is in the $6-7,000 range, with more organization and planning the idea for the promotion was hatched just last month. Petersen said the team could bring in much more in future years.
Titans Win Sugar Loaf Classic
Behind the play of most valuable player Kristi Kujak and all-tournament selection Christina Southward, the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team won the Sugar Loaf Classic held Friday and Saturday (Sept. 7-8) at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minn. The Titans went unbeaten in four matches to claim their second invitational title in as many weekends.
UW-Oshkosh, ranked 15th in the NCAA Division III, improved its record to 8-0 defeating the College of St. Catherine and Concordia University Wisconsin on Friday and Lakeland College and St. Mary's University on Saturday. The Titans won all of their matches in three games except their contest with Concordia University Wisconsin, which went to a fourth game, a 30-18, 26-30, 30-14 and 30-15 decision.
Kujak, a junior middle blocker, hit .383 for the tournament with 64 kills and 17 blocks, while Southward, a senior setter, totaled 91 assists, 54 digs and 17 service aces. Southward, a two-time NCAA Division III All-American, has recorded a triple-double (kills, assists and digs) in each of UW-Oshkosh's eight matches this season. Sophomore right-side hitter Amanda Delgadillo contributed 49 digs to the Titans' perfect performance, while freshman middle blocker Amber Petersen added 20 blocks.
Titans Win Benedictine University Invite
Led by three all-tournament selections, the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team went unbeaten in four matches to win the Benedictine University Invitational held Friday and Saturday (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) in Lisle, Ill.
The 15th-ranked Titans opened the event and their 2001 season by defeating Adrian College, 3-1, and the University of Chicago, 3-0, on Friday and Carroll College, 3-0, and Benedictine University, 3-1, on Saturday. Utilizing the recently-adopted rally scoring format, UW-Oshkosh posted winning counts of 30-20, 28-30, 30-19 and 30-12 over Adrian College, 30-17, 30-18 and 30-10 over the University of Chicago, 30-15, 30-23 and 30-21 over Carroll College and 30-25, 30-26, 29-31 and 30-17 over Benedictine University. Both UW-Oshkosh and Benedictine University came into their contest, the final match of the tournament, unbeaten at 3-0.
Named to the seven-player all-tournament team from UW-Oshkosh were senior setter Christina Southward, junior middle blocker Kristi Kujak and freshman setter Katie LaBlanc. Southward, a two-time NCAA Division III All-American, was named the event's outstanding performer after hitting .537 with 85 assists, 71 kills, 69 digs and 21 service aces. Kujak hit .494 in the four matches with 54 kills and 13 blocks, while LaBlanc had 114 assists, 32 digs and 10 service aces. In all, UW-Oshkosh hit .409 as a team with 231 kills, 224 digs and 215 assists.
Other individual news saw Southward record a career-best 24 kills against Benedictine University, Kujak hit .917 (11 kills in 12 attempts) against the University of Chicago and sophomore right-side hitter Amanda Delgadillo record a career-best seven service aces against Adrian College. Team news featured UW-Oshkosh hitting .526 and compiling 22 service aces against the University of Chicago, marks that rank second in school annals.