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2006 UW-Oshkosh Women's Volleyball News

Rosenbaum Receives All-America Recognition

Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) became the fifth UW-Oshkosh player to receive NCAA Division III All-America status multiple times when she was named to the 12-person first team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Last season, Rosenbaum was an All-America third team selection.

Rosenbaum joins Amy Cayemberg (1990-1991), Jamie Ford (1991, 1993), Christina Southward (1999-2001) and Amy Ward (1994-1996) as UW-Oshkosh players who received multiple All-America awards.

Joining Rosenbaum on the 36-member NCAA Division III All-America list from the Midwest Region were first team selection Dana Alf of UW-Platteville, second team selections Carly Freiborg of UW-Eau Claire and Carlene Polk of UW-Whitewater and third team honorees Jenna Passananti of Illinois Wesleyan University, Jessica Groh of UW-Eau Claire and Rebekah Nelson of UW-Whitewater.

Rosenbaum started all 42 matches this past season and played in 134 of the Titans’ 141 games played. Rosenbaum was named WIAC Player of the Week twice and was named to three all-tournament teams. This past season, she totaled 489 kills on 1,046 attempts for a .395 hitting percentage. She also tallied 140 total blocks, 56 digs and 15 service aces.

Rosenbaum, who received NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region and All-WIAC first team honors in 2005 and 2006, also became the Titans' first two-time all-region first team selection since Christina Southward earned All-Midwest Region first team accolades in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

UW-Oshkosh's Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) received honorable mention on this year's NCAA Division III All-America team. Earlier this year, she earned NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region and All-WIAC first team accolades.

Vail started 37 of the Titans’ 42 matches and played in a team leading 137 games. She totaled 422 kills on 998 attempts for a .301 hitting percentage while collecting 119 digs and blocking 85 shots. Vail was a three-time all-tournament honoree in 2006.

Rosenbaum and Vail led UW-Oshkosh to a 32-6 record and a share of the WIAC title for a second consecutive season. The Titans posted a 7-1 WIAC record and reached the 30-win plateau for 13th time in school history. UW-Oshkosh appeared in its 11th NCAA Division III tournament this past season.

UW-Oshkosh has had nine players total 16 All-America awards. Rosenbaum joins Cayemberg (1990-91), Jane Copenhaver (2000), Amanda Delgadillo (2003), Jamie Ford (1991, 1993), Ashley Fischer (2005), Bridget Griepentrog (1994), Sara Lorens (1995), Southward (1999-2001) and Ward (1994-1996) as UW-Oshkosh All-Americans.

Rosenbaum, Vail Receive All-Region First Team Awards

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team had four of its players earn NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region accolades by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Named to the 12-member NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region first team were UW-Oshkosh's Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) and Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison). The Titans' Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) received honorable mention status, while UW-Oshkosh's Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) was named the Midwest Region's Freshman Player of the Year.

Rosenbaum started all 42 matches this past season and played in 134 of the Titans’ 141 games played. She was named WIAC Player of the Week twice and was named to three all-tournament teams. This past season, Rosenbaum totaled 489 kills on 1,046 attempts for a .395 hitting percentage. She also tallied 140 total blocks, 56 digs and 15 service aces.

Rosenbaum, who received NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region and All-WIAC first team honors in 2005 and 2006, also became the Titans' first two-time all-region first team selection since Christina Southward earned All-Midwest Region first team accolades in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Vail, a first-time all-region honoree, started 37 of the Titans’ 42 matches this past year and played in a team-leading 137 games. The 2006 All-WIAC first team selection also totaled 422 kills on 998 attempts for a .301 hitting percentage while collecting 119 digs and blocking 85 shots. Vail was a three-time all-tournament honoree in 2006.

Schmidt gained her second consecutive NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region honorable mention award after starting 41 matches and totaling 833 digs and 35 service aces in 133 games played this past year. Schmidt received All-WIAC honorable mention status for a second straight season and was named to the All-WIAC Defensive Team for the second consecutive campaign. Schmidt’s dig total set UW-Oshkosh and WIAC season records, breaking the standard she set last year as a freshman with 804. Schmidt set a UW-Oshkosh record in 2006 when she scooped up 41 digs in a five-game win over Carthage College.

Stumpf joins Amber Petersen and Schmidt as UW-Oshkosh players who have received the NCAA Division III Midwest Region Freshman Player of the Year Award.
Petersen won the award in 2001 while Schmidt captured the award last season.

Stumpf started 39 matches this past season and played in 121 games. She dished out 1,367 assists and totaled 226 digs, 91 kills, 56 total blocks and 35 service aces. Stumpf was named to the all-tournament team at the Elmhurst College Invitational.

UW-Oshkosh compiled a 32-6 record and captured its second consecutive WIAC title this past season. The Titans competed in their 11th NCAA Division III postseason tournament and were ranked among the top-10 teams in the country for eight weeks.

Since 1984, 18 UW-Oshkosh players have combined to collect 25 NCAA Division III all-region awards.

Other members of the 2006 NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region first team were Jori Simmons of Carthage College, Jenna Passananti of Illinois Wesleyan University, Shanna Berger, Carly Freiborg and Jessica Groh of UW-Eau Claire, Dana Alf of UW-Platteville, Andrea Geehan of UW-River Falls, Shelly Maus of UW-Stevens Point and Rebekah Nelson and Carlene Polk of UW-Whitewater.

Tommies Rally Past Titans In NCAA Postseason Opener

The University of St. Thomas (Minn.) rallied from a two games to one deficit to defeat UW-Oshkosh, 3-2, in the opening round match of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Midwest Regional Tournament held Thursday (Nov. 9) at the McPhee Physical Education Center in Eau Claire.

The ninth-ranked Tommies, avenging a regular season loss to the Titans, won by scores of 31-29, 23-30, 26-30, 30-26, 15-12 to advance to face the region top-seeded team and defending national champion UW-Whitewater.

10th-ranked UW-Oshkosh went up 16-8 in game one and had a game point at 29-28 before the University of St. Thomas scored the final three points to take the first game 31-29. The Tommies had 16 kills in the game.

The Titans jumped out to an early lead in game two and this time hung on to the advantage, winning by a score of 30-23 to even the match. Both teams struggled in game two as UW-Oshkosh had a .043 attack percentage and the University of St. Thomas had a .023 as both teams had 11 hitting errors.

The Titans continued their success into game three after trailing 7-5. After a sideout, UW-Oshkosh scored five straight points on its way to winning game three 30-26 to take a two games to one lead. The Titans had 19 kills in the game, their highest of the match.

The Titans looked to close out the match in game four, but the Tommies scored nine of the last 12 points to survive and win 30-26 to force a fifth and deciding game. The University of St. Thomas countered UW-Oshkosh's 16 kills in the fourth game by collecting 17 kills, highest of the contest.

After a close start to game five, the University of St. Thomas pulled away to lead 14-8. After a UW-Oshkosh side out, the Titans made things interesting by scoring three straight points to trail 14-12. The Titans ended the match and their season with a missed serve as the Tommies advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Volleyball Championships. The Tommies had their best attack percentage (.304) of the match in the fifth game.

Both teams finished with 67 kills, while the University of St. Thomas had 19.5 blocks, compared to 12 for the Titans and held a 103-81 advantage in digs.

Rachelle Dosch led the Tommies with 21 kills and Katie McCaffrey had a match-high 13 blocks.

The Titans were led by Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) with 18 kills, followed by Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) with 16 kills. Beining also led the team with 22 digs. Other UW-Oshkosh contributions included the 15 kills, eight digs and four service aces of Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) and the 20 digs of Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun).

The University of St. Thomas improves to 29-6 this season and UW-Oshkosh’s season ends with a 32-6 record.

Titans Receive Another NCAA Postseason Bid

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) co-champion UW-Oshkosh and two of its league rivals will be among seven teams competing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Women's Volleyball Midwest Regional Tournament this weekend in Eau Claire.

The single-elimination Midwest Regional features six matches, with three scheduled for Thursday (Nov. 9), two for Friday (Nov. 10) and one for Saturday (Nov. 11). The winner of the Midwest Regional will join seven other regional champions in the quarterfinal round of the 60-team NCAA Division III Championship on Nov. 16 in Salem, Va.

Joining UW-Oshkosh (32-5) in the Midwest Regional are the Titans' WIAC associates UW-Eau Claire (28-3) and UW-Whitewater (32-6). This marks the fourth straight year that the WIAC has had at least three teams involved in NCAA Division III postseason activity. Four schools participated in the tournament a year ago, while three teams competed in the 2003 and 2004 events.

This year's Midwest Regional also features Beloit College (21-8) of the Midwest Conference, Carthage College (29-4) of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and Concordia College (24-1) and the University of St. Thomas (28-6) of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

The American Volleyball Coaches Association had Concordia College ranked third, UW-Whitewater sixth, UW-Eau Claire seventh, Carthage College eighth, University of St. Thomas ninth and UW-Oshkosh 10th in its latest poll of NCAA Division III women's volleyball teams. UW-Oshkosh has 1-0 records against Carthage College and the University of St. Thomas this season, while posting marks of 1-1 against UW-Whitewater and 0-1 against Concordia College and UW-Eau Claire.

Defending national champion UW-Whitewater is making its 19th NCAA Division III regional tournament appearance (1986-89, 1992-2006), while it's the 11th for UW-Oshkosh (1990-91, 1993-97, 2000-01, 2005-06), ninth for UW-Eau Claire (1987-89, 1993-94, 1996-97, 2005-06), eighth for the University of St. Thomas (1987-92, 2005-06), sixth for Concordia College (1995-96, 2003-06), third for Carthage College (1990, 2005-06) and first for Beloit College (2006).

Competition begins Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in UW-Eau Claire's McPhee Phy Ed Center as UW-Oshkosh plays the University of St. Thomas. That contest will be followed by a 6 p.m. match between MIAC regular season and tournament champion Concordia College and Midwest Conference champion Beloit College. Thursday's schedule concludes with a game at 8:30 p.m. between WIAC regular season co-champion UW-Eau Claire and CCIW regular season and tournament champion Carthage College.

Second round matches in the Midwest Regional will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 4:30 p.m. contest involves WIAC Tournament champion UW-Whitewater playing the winner of the debate between UW-Oshkosh and the University of St. Thomas.

The championship match of the Midwest Regional will be held Saturday at 7 p.m.

Rosenbaum, Vail Named All-WIAC First Team

Four members of the UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball team were awarded 2006 postseason accolades by the WIAC. The Titans (32-5) were co-champions of the league with UW-Eau Claire. It was UW-Oshkosh's second consecutive conference title and eighth overall.

UW-Oshkosh players honored were middle blocker Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) and right-side hitter Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) as first team selections and left-side hitter Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) and libero Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) as honorable mention choices. Schmidt also was named to the four-person All-WIAC defensive team.

Rosenbaum, an All-WIAC first team selection last season and an All-WIAC honorable mention pick in 2004, started 35 of the Titans' 38 matches this year and played in 134 games. She led the WIAC in hitting percentage, finished seventh in kills per game, sixth in blocks per game and eighth in points per game. Rosenbaum had double-digit kills in 29 matches and only had over four hitting errors in a match once.

Rosenbaum was named WIAC Player of the Week twice and was named to three all-tournament teams this past year. She accumulated 489 kills, a .395 hitting percentage, 140 blocks and 56 digs. Last season, Rosenbaum received NCAA Division III All-America third team honors.


Vail started 35 matches this past year and compiled 422 kills, a .301 hitting percentage, 119 digs and 85 blocks in a team-leading 137 games played. She was seventh in the WIAC in hitting percentage, 11th in kills per game and 13th in points per game. Named to three all-tournament teams, Vail had double-digit kills in 26 matches, highlighted with an 18-kill performance against UW-Platteville.


Schmidt earned both of her league awards for the second straight year after appearing in 133 games and starting all 38 of UW-Oshkosh’s matches. She led the WIAC in digs per game, scooping up 833 digs while adding 39 service aces. Schmidt had double-digit digs in 37 of the Titans' 38 matches and had over 20 digs 23 times. She established a UW-Oshkosh record by totaling 41 digs in a five-game win over Carthage College. Schmidt’s dig total set UW-Oshkosh and WIAC season records, breaking the standard she set last year as a freshman with 804. Last season, Schmidt was also the NCAA Division III Midwest Region Freshman Player of the Year.

Beining is a repeat performer on the All-WIAC honorable mention team after starting in 31 of the 34 matches that she participated in this past year. Despite missing four matches due to injury, Beining totaled 344 kills, 337 digs, 46 service aces and 38 blocks in 117 games played. In a five-game win over the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) she amassed 18 kills and 20 digs.

Titans Spooked in WIAC Tournament Opener

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team, fresh off sharing the regular season WIAC title with UW-Eau Claire, was surprised by UW-Platteville 15-30, 27-30, 30-26, 30-26, 15-8 in the first round of the WIAC Tournament held Tuesday (Oct. 31) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (32-5) started strong in the first game taking leads of 13-4 and 21-8 and finished with a 15-7 cushion in total kills, limiting UW-Platteville to a .100 hitting percentage.

Game two was tight throughout. After UW-Platteville (25-10) tied the game at 26-26, UW-Oshkosh scored four of the last five points to take a commanding 2-0 lead in games.

After UW-Oshkosh took a 15-6 lead in game three, UW-Platteville slowly chipped away at the nine-point deficit, eventually tying the score at 19-19. Another four-point run gave the Pioneers a 24-20 advantage until they held on for a four-point win in game three. UW-Oshkosh connected on 18 kills but committed 11 hitting errors.

For the fourth consecutive stanza the Titans started strong before the Pioneers came back in the later stages of the game. With UW-Oshkosh leading 22-18, UW-Platteville went on a 7-1 run to take a 25-23 advantage.

After a Titans side out to close the gap to 25-24, the Pioneers went on a three-point scoring skein to take a 28-24 lead. After UW-Oshkosh closed to within 28-26, UW-Platteville scored the last two points of the game to force a deciding fifth game.

Despite only having three kills in game five, UW-Platteville dominated after storming out to a 7-1 cushion. After closing to within 10-8, UW-Oshkosh committed four consecutive hitting errors as UW-Platteville scored the last five points of the match. The Titans committed a mind-numbing nine hitting errors in the game on 23 attempts.

The Titans, who will wait to see if they are awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, were led by Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) with 18 kills. Ashley Sullivan (Fr. • DeForest) finished with a career-high 13 kills, Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) tallied 17 digs, 12 kills and six blocks and Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) had a match-high 27 digs.

Lisa Beck (Sr. • Darboy) collected 11 digs, Laura Hartman (Jr. • Plymouth) had 10 digs and Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) had 10 kills and eight blocks. Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) dished out 41 assists to lead the Titans offense. UW-Oshkosh slammed down 68 kills, but was hampered by 35 hitting errors, nine service errors and nine receiving errors.

Dana Alf led UW-Platteville with 17 kills and nine blocks. Rachel Chapman contributed 13 kills and nine digs and Lisa Bell had 12 kills and six blocks. Kelly Laschinger dished out 40 assists and had 15 digs and Amy Renick led the Pioneers with 18 digs.

Titans Take Centre College Invitational Title

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team registered its second consecutive 30-win season after going undefeated at the Centre College Classic held Saturday (Oct. 28) and Sunday (Oct. 29) in Danville, Ky.

UW-Oshkosh (32-4) won the tournament by defeating Oglethorpe University (Ga.) 30-18, 30-14, 30-19 and Heidelberg College (Ohio) 27-30, 30-24, 30-27, 30-21 on Saturday and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ind.) 30-13, 30-25, 30-19 and the College of Mt. St. Joseph (Ohio) 25-30, 30-20, 31-29, 30-28 on Sunday.

The Titans, ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Division III poll conducted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, have now won eight consecutive matches.

In the opening contest against Oglethorpe University (6-23), UW-Oshkosh did not have a receiving error in the three-game sweep. Defensively Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) shined by scooping up 14 digs and adding four service aces.

Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) led the team with 10 kills and Jacque Ray (Fr. • Oshkosh) had a team leading five blocks. Katelyn Vara (Fr. • New Berlin) dished out 17 assists, Callie Hainzinger (Fr. • Verona) pitched in three service aces and Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) added 11 digs. UW-Oshkosh had a season-high 15 service aces in the match.

In the nightcap, Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) and Masephol each recorded 16 kills to lead UW-Oshkosh over Heidelberg College (19-14). Schmidt tallied 23 digs, Lisa Beck (Sr. • Darboy) added 16 digs and Masephol pitched in 10 as the team scooped up 80 digs in the match.

Rosenbaum added 12 kills and three service aces and Ray once again led the team with five blocks. Beck ran the offense with 36 assists and Vara chipped in 10 helpers.

On Sunday, UW-Oshkosh had little trouble against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (2-27) as everybody available to play received court time. Rosenbaum led the team with 11 kills and five blocks, Schmidt had eight digs and Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) dished out 18 assists.

In the championship match of the tournament, UW-Oshkosh was able to squeak out the last two games to take a four-game win over the College of Mt. St. Joseph (24-11). Rosenbaum recorded a .486 hitting percentage on 19 kills and added 11 blocks to lead the Titans.

Ray added 12 kills and Masephol (11) and Vail (10) each added double-digit kills. Schmidt led the backcourt with 24 digs, Laura Hartman (Jr. • Plymouth) had a career-high 15 digs and Masephol chipped in 13. Stumpf dished out 55 assists and added seven digs and Ashley Sullivan (Fr. • DeForest) tallied eight kills.

Rosenbaum and Vail were named to the all-tournament team.

Titans Claim Share Of WIAC Championship

UW-Oshkosh grabbed a share of the 2006 WIAC women’s volleyball championship with a thrilling 3-2 (31-29, 30-32, 31-29, 14-30, 18-16) victory over UW-Whitewater on Wednesday (Oct. 25) in Whitewater.

The Titans share this year’s regular season title with UW-Eau Claire after both teams posted 7-1 league records.  The Blugolds completed their WIAC slate on Oct. 21 with a victory over UW-La Crosse to earn a slice of the championship.

The WIAC title for UW-Oshkosh is its second straight and eighth in school history. UW-Oshkosh has now captured WIAC championships in 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2006.

This marks the fifth time in the last six seasons that two schools have shared the WIAC regular season championship.  UW-Oshkosh split the crown with UW-Whitewater in 2001 and 2005, while UW-River Falls divided the title with the Warhawks in 2002 and UW-La Crosse in 2003.

UW-Oshkosh took a 2-1 advantage in the match after winning games one and three as the first three games went into extra points. UW-Whitewater evened the match with a 16-point rout in game four after recording seven service aces. The Titans were also limited to a .028 hitting percentage in game four.

Game five saw plenty of heroics by the Titans as they overcame deficits of 11-8 and 14-12. After taking a 6-2 lead, UW-Oshkosh gave up a 5-2 scoring run before the side change. UW-Whitewater responded by scoring four straight points for an 11-8 advantage. Trailing 14-11, UW-Oshkosh sided out to close to within 14-12.

After a service ace by Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) and a hitting error by UW-Whitewater knotted the score at 14-14, the Warhawks managed to sideout to serve for their fourth match point opportunity at 15-14. After a kill by Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) and another kill by UW-Whitewater gave them another match point chance at 16-15, UW-Oshkosh scored the last three points of the match to claim the WIAC title.

Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) and Vail led the Titans with 15 kills, followed with 14 by Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) and 11 by Beining. Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) had a match-high 31 digs, followed by Beining with 20, Lisa Beck (Sr. • Darboy) with 16 and Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) with 13.

Stumpf dished out 47 assists and added seven kills and Jacque Ray (Fr. • Richland Center) and Rosenbaum each had four blocks. UW-Oshkosh tallied 67 kills, 100 digs and eight blocks in the match.

Titans Sweep Blue Devils To Remain In WIAC Title Chase

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team put itself in position to capture its eighth WIAC championship by defeating UW-Stout 30-24, 30-24, 30-22 on Saturday (Oct. 21) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh is currently tied with UW-Whitewater with a 6-1 conference record and will play at UW-Whitewater on Wednesday (Oct. 25). UW-Eau Claire sits in first place after completing its WIAC slate with a 7-1 record.

After falling behind 4-0 and 14-9 in game one, UW-Oshkosh (27-4) regrouped to tie the score at 15-15 after a 7-1 scoring run. Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) helped the Titans to a 19-16 lead after recording a service ace and three service points. After UW-Stout (13-10/1-7) closed to within 20-19, UW-Oshkosh scored the next five out of six points for a 25-20 lead. From there the two combatants traded side outs until the Titans won by the six-point cushion.

Reversing its start from the first game, UW-Oshkosh stormed ahead 6-2 to open the second stanza. UW-Stout got within two points at 13-11 and 21-19 before the Titans scored nine of the last 12 points of the game. Lisa Beck (Sr. • Darboy) finished the game by scoring the last four points on her serve.

Ahead 11-9 in game three, UW-Oshkosh went on a 10-1 scoring run to take a 21-10 advantage. Beck again was a part of the scoring outburst, contributing four points, and Beining helped the Titans' cause with five points on her serve. From there the Titans maintained at least a seven-point lead the rest of the contest. The win marked the fourth straight sweep by the Titans over the Blue Devils.

Beining led the Titans with 15 kills in 33 attempts and two service aces. Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) tallied 10 kills and a career-high eight digs and Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) had eight kills and three blocks. Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) finished with 28 assists, Beck tallied 10 assists and seven digs and Laura Hartman (Jr. • Plymouth) set a career-best with eight digs. Samantha Schmidt added a match-high 16 digs and Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) added 10 digs.

Kendra Pagel led UW-Stout with nine kills, while Linda Meyer added seven kills and 10 digs, Kat Roesler 16 assists and Jenna Welsh 13 assists and eight digs.

UW-Oshkosh Sweeps UW-River Falls

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team avenged an earlier season non-conference loss to UW-River Falls by sweeping the Falcons in WIAC action 30-28, 30-19, 30-26 on Friday (Oct. 20) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (26-4/5-1 WIAC) and UW-River Falls stayed close to open the match until a five-point run gave the Titans a 12-8 lead they would never relinquish. The Falcons closed to within one-point four times, including at 29-28 but a Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) kill gave the Titans the victory in game one. UW-Oshkosh overcame five service errors, including three consecutive, to take the opening stanza.

Tied at 6-6, UW-Oshkosh stormed ahead 12-7 and 19-11 to take control of the second game. After a four-point run by UW-River Falls (19-9/4-3 WIAC) closed the lead to 19-15, UW-Oshkosh ended the game with an 11-4 scoring skein to take a 2-0 lead in games.

UW-Oshkosh rallied from deficits of 8-2, 15-7 and 23-18 in the third game to complete the sweep. After an early 2-2 tie, UW-Oshkosh did not knot the score again until the 25-25 mark and ended the game with a 12-3 scoring run to complete the sweep.

Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) served five straight points to give the Titans match point at 29-25. After a side out by the Falcons, Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) ended the contest with her 11th kill on the night.

Rosenbaum led UW-Oshkosh with 12 kills and three blocks. Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) had a match-high 25 digs and Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) added three service aces and nine digs. Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) added eight kills and six digs and Stumpf dished out 34 assists.

Molly Thompson led UW-River Falls with a match-high 15 kills. Lindsey Mace added 15 digs, Gina DeRosa six blocks and Kat Krtnick contributed 34 assists, nine digs and four blocks.

Titans Fence In Pointers

A sizeable scoring run to end the first two games and another to start the third helped the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team sweep UW-Stevens Point, 3-0, on Wednesday (Oct. 14) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (25-4/4-1 WIAC), ranked ninth in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, took the match in game scores of 30-21, 30-18, 30-22.

UW-Stevens Point (20-10/3-4 WIAC) led much of the first game after opening up an early 7-3 advantage. The score was knotted at 19-19 before UW-Oshkosh reeled off eight straight points to take control of the game.

UW-Stevens Point also had an early 5-2 lead in the second game, but the Titans worked back into the contest by using a 7-1 scoring spurt to gain a 15-11 advantage. The Titans led 20-16 before ending the game with a 10-2 scoring run, including the final five points.

UW-Oshkosh opened a 10-4 lead in the third game and held the advantage the rest of the way. The Titans' largest lead of the contest was eight points, 23-15 and the game's final score. UW-Stevens Point cut its deficit to 27-22, but UW-Oshkosh finished off the Pointers by scoring the last three points.

UW-Oshkosh totaled 43 kills and a .330 hitting percentage en route to its 12th 3-0 victory of the season. The Titans also compiled 57 digs, 41 assists and seven service aces.

Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) led UW-Oshkosh with 11 kills, while Jacque Ray (Fr. • Richland Center) and Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) added eight. The Titans also received 35 assists and eight digs from Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna), five kills, 11 digs and three service aces from Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) and 18 digs from Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun).

UW-Stevens Point had 33 kills and .096 hitting percentage. The Pointers also totaled 41 digs, 27 assists and three service aces.

The Pointers were led by the 10 kills and 14 assists of Callie Kunde. Shelly Maus had seven kills and five blocks, while Lori Marten tallied 14 digs.

Titans Ousted In Elmhurst College Invitational Final

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team ran its winning streak to 11 matches before falling to UW-River Falls in the championship match at the Elmhurst College Invitational held Friday (Sept. 13) and Saturday (Sept. 14) in Elmhurst, Illinois.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked sixth in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, played four matches and won three of them. The Titans (24-4) defeated Springfield College (Mass.) 30-15, 27-30, 30-15, 30-19, Loras College (Iowa) 30-18, 30-18, 30-19 and Webster University (Mo.) 30-26, 30-24, 21-30, 27-30, 17-15. UW-Oshkosh lost to UW-River Falls 30-25, 21-30, 32-30, 30-26 in the championship match of the eight-team tournament.

On Friday, UW-Oshkosh dominated three of the four games in the four-game victory over Springfield College (17-5). The Titans hit .400 in game one on 15 kills in doubling up the Pride. Down 8-5 in game two, the Titans stormed ahead 13-8 behind eight consecutive service points by Lisa Beck (Sr. • Darboy). The Titans maintained at least a three-point lead in game two and led 27-24 before the Pride scored the last six points of the game to tie the match at one game each.

After surrendering game two, the Titans responded by streaking out to a 9-1 lead in game three. Ahead 19-14, UW-Oshkosh received eight straight points behind the serve of Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) for a 27-14 lead. The Titans ended the game on a kill by Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield).

UW-Oshkosh inched ahead 11-8 in game four and was up 24-18 after a service ace by Masephol. After two consecutive time-outs by Springfield College, UW-Oshkosh went ahead 25-19 with a kill by Jacque Ray (Fr. • Richland Center). Callie Hainzinger (Fr. • Verona) finished the match by scoring the last five points of the game, two on service aces.

Beining led UW-Oshkosh with 13 kills and added seven digs. Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) added 12 kills and Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) had nine kills in 19 errorless attempts and three blocks. Ray finished with five blocks and Masephol pitched in 16 digs, eight kills and four blocks. Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) led the team with 19 digs and five service aces and Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) dished out 34 assists. The Titans finished with 13 service aces on only three serving errors.

UW-Oshkosh swept Loras College (11-12) for the second time this season as all 17 available players received playing time for the Titans. After falling behind 5-1 in the opening game, UW-Oshkosh responded by outscoring the Duhawks 29-13. Included in the scoring outburst was an eight-point scoring run by Laura Hartman (Jr. • Plymouth) for a 28-16 advantage.

Games two and three were all UW-Oshkosh as the Titans did not allow the Duhawks to score 20 points. For the match Beining led the Titans with 10 kills and seven digs. Rosenbaum added eight kills and three blocks, Masephol pitched in seven kills and seven digs and Stumpf had 26 assists and three blocks. Schmidt once again led the defense with 15 digs and chipped in four service aces. The Titans hit .369 as a team and only had one receiving error in the match.

In Saturday's action, UW-Oshkosh had to hang on to beat Webster University (12-8) in five games despite hitting over .300 in each game and .363 for the match. After winning the first two stanzas, UW-Oshkosh held a 14-10 advantage in game three after a five-point serving skein by Hartman. From there the Gorloks outscored the Titans 20-7 to take game three and pulled out a close fourth game to force a deciding fifth game.

Neither team held more than a three-point advantage in game five. UW-Oshkosh took an 8-6 cushion at the side change and went ahead 14-12 on a kill by Rosenbaum. The Gorloks stormed back tying the score at 14-14. After both teams traded kills, the Titans went ahead 16-15 on a kill by Masephol. Beining ended the match with one of her 19 kills of the match. The Titans finished the fifth game with 13 kills in 19 attempts for a .632 hitting percentage. Rosenbaum led the Titans with 20 kills, Schmidt led the team with 24 digs and Stumpf finished with a career-high 65 assists and added eight kills. Vail added 17 kills, Beck 14 digs and Masephol and Beining each had 13 digs. The Titans countered only having four blocks in the match by slamming down a season-high 75 kills in the match.

UW-Oshkosh saw its 11-match winning streak snapped by UW-River Falls in the championship match. After trading victories in the first two games, UW-Oshkosh battled back from a 29-26 deficit in game three to take a 30-29 advantage. Swinging for game point, UW-Oshkosh was blocked by UW-River Falls knotting the score at 30-30. Consecutive hitting errors by the Titans gave the Falcons the win in game three.

UW-River Falls (19-8) held cushions of 16-10 and 24-19 before UW-Oshkosh closed the deficit to 27-26. From there the Titans suffered a serving error, receiving error and a kill by the Falcons to suffer only their second loss in two years to a unranked team.

Rosenbaum finished the match with 19 kills in 38 attempts for a .474 hitting percentage. Beining and Vail each had 15 kills and Masephol added nine kills, four service aces and 19 digs. Schmidt led the team with 25 digs and Stumpf chipped in 56 assists and 11 digs.

For the tournament, Beining led the team with 57 kills and added 43 digs. Rosenbaum finished with 56 kills and nine blocks and Vail added 48 kills. Stumpf, who was named to the six-person all-tournament team dished out 181 assists and Schmidt finished with 83 digs and nine service aces. Masephol chipped in 55 digs, 29 kills and seven service aces.

Titans Win 20th Match For Eighth Straight Year

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team won its 20th match for the eighth consecutive season after sweeping the University of Chicago (Ill.) 30-20, 30-13, 30-21 and Lake Forest College (Ill.) 30-22, 30-21, 30-16 on Saturday (Oct. 7) at the Lake Forest College Invitational.

In the first match of the invitational UW-Oshkosh (21-3), ranked seventh in the NCAA Division III according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association, hit a season-high .414 in the sweep of the University of Chicago (4-17). The Titans started off firing on all cylinders as they hit .571 on 14 kills in the first game.

Game two was all UW-Oshkosh as it had five service aces and five blocks in the rout. In game three the Titans were down 16-14 before Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) served four straight points for an 18-16 advantage. UW-Oshkosh finished the game on a 12-5 scoring run, including five service points from Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield).

The Titans' offense was equally distributed as Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) and Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) each had nine kills. Beining added eight kills, Masephol seven and Jacque Ray (Fr. • Richland Center) six. Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) had 14 digs, Beining 13 and Lisa Beck (Sr. • Darboy) eight. Rosenbaum had a team-high four blocks and Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) led the offense with 34 assists.

In the second match of the day, UW-Oshkosh recorded its 10th sweep of the year and won its eighth consecutive match of the season against Lake Forest College (10-11). Game one started off tight in the early stages as both teams stayed within two points of each other until UW-Oshkosh took a 22-19 lead. After both teams traded side-outs, UW-Oshkosh received six straight points off of Beining's serve to take a 29-20 advantage. Both teams again exchanged sideouts to give the Titans the early one-game advantage.

UW-Oshkosh overcame 10 hitting errors and a .086 hitting percentage in the second game to win the stanza. Callie Hainzinger (Fr. • Verona) finished off the Foresters in game three serving the last six points of the match, including four service aces, as all 18 UW-Oshkosh players saw court time.

Rosenbaum finished the match with 10 kills and four blocks. Beining recorded seven kills and seven digs and Schmidt had a match-high 17 digs. Beck chipped in 13 digs and Stumpf dished out 27 assists.


Titans Perfect At UW-Whitewater Invitational

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team won its fourth tournament of the year and its sixth straight match by going unbeaten in four matches to take first place at the UW-Whitewater Invitational held Friday (Sept. 29) and Saturday (Sept. 30) in Whitewater.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, grabbed the tournament title by defeating Gallaudet University (Va.), 3-0 (30-28, 30-20, 30-20), Lawrence University, 3-0 (30-17, 30-21, 30-21), Wisconsin Lutheran College, 3-0 (30-13, 30-19, 30-21) and Illinois Wesleyan University, 3-1 (21-30, 30-26, 30-24, 34-32). The Titans tied UW-Whitewater for the championship with a 4-0 record in the seven-team tournament.

In Friday's action, UW-Oshkosh and Gallaudet University (12-6) traded side-outs until UW-Oshkosh took a 19-17 lead on a kill by Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison). The Titans built a 24-17 lead behind five straight serves from Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville). The Bison chipped away at the lead before the Titans held a 29-25 advantage. After a three-point run by Gallaudet University closed the gap to one point, UW-Oshkosh's Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) ended the game with a kill.

Game two was all UW-Oshkosh as they stormed out to an 8-2 lead and never looked back. The Titans recorded eight team blocks in the game and received two service aces from Callie Hainzinger (Fr. • Verona). Game three started much the same as game two as the Titans build an 8-3 lead before the Bison stampeded back to take a 10-8 advantage on a seven-point run. After a side-out the Titans went on their own seven-point outburst to claim a 15-10 advantage.

After a side-out by Gallaudet University and one by UW-Oshkosh, the Titans went on another four-point skein to pull out to a 20-11 advantage. UW-Oshkosh held at least an eight-point advantage the remainder of the contest. Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) led UW-Oshkosh with14 kills and eight blocks. Vail added nine kills and six blocks and Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) had 21 digs. Lisa Beck (Sr. • Kimberly) and Masephol chipped in 10 digs and Valerie Yost (So. • Oshkosh) had four blocks. Katelyn Vara (Fr. • New Berlin) had a career-high 18 assists in the contest.

The Titans finished with a season-high 19 team blocks and had 13 players record at least one block in the match.

In their second match on Friday, all 18 players on the team received playing time as the Titans had little trouble beating Lawrence University (6-15) for the second time this season. Schmidt tallied 14 digs in two games of action to lead UW-Oshkosh and Laura Hartman (Jr. • Plymouth) set a career-best eight digs. Vail tallied 10 kills and Ashley Sullivan (Fr. • DeForest) had an individual-best seven kills, all in the third game. Jacque Ray (Fr. • Richland Center) had three blocks and Beck scooped up eight digs.

Three UW-Oshkosh setters ran the offense led by Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) with 15 assists, Toni Gruber (Fr. • Spring Green) with 10 and Vara with nine. The Titans hit .313 in the match.

In Saturday's action UW-Oshkosh had little trouble with Wisconsin Lutheran College (5-13) as all 18 members of the team saw action for the second consecutive match. Trailing 7-5 in game one, Beck scored five straight points on her serve for an 11-7 UW-Oshkosh lead. Up 16-10 the Titans put together a six-point run on the serve of Hartman for a 22-10 advantage. The Titans went on to outscore the Warriors 25-6 to end the first game. Game two and three were all UW-Oshkosh as they never trailed. The Titans went on to hit .307 in the match and recorded 10.5 team blocks. Schmidt led the team with 14 digs and Rosenbaum chipped in eight kills and six blocks. Megan Loker (Fr. • Oshkosh) set a career-high with six kills on 10 errorless attempts and Stumpf dished out 22 assists.

In the final match of the tournament, UW-Oshkosh overcame an opening game loss to defeat Illinois Wesleyan University (11-5) in four games. Ahead 10-7 in game one, UW-Oshkosh gave up a ten-point run to trail 17-10 and eventually fell behind 24-16 before losing by nine points.

UW-Oshkosh came back in games two and three to take a 2-1 advantage in games. UW-Oshkosh outscored Illinois Wesleyan University 8-4 to end game two and 6-0 to end game three to take control of the match. UW-Oshkosh trailed Illinois Wesleyan University 29-26 in game four before siding out to close the gap to 29-27. Beck stepped behind the service line and fired off three points for a 30-29 UW-Oshkosh cushion. The two teams traded side-outs until Rosenbaum ended the match at 34-32 with a kill.

Vail and Beining led UW-Oshkosh with 14 kills, Masephol 12 and Rosenbaum 10. Schmidt scooped up 31 digs, Masephol 21, Beining 17 and Beck 13 as the team recorded a season-high 101 in the match. Stumpf dished out 26 assists and added seven digs and Vara pitched in 24 assists and five kills. Ray, Rosenbuam and Vail each had four blocks in the match.

For the tournament, Vail led the Titans with 42 kills and 12 blocks. Schmidt added 80 digs, Stumpf dished out 76 assists, Beck scooped up 34 digs and Ray had 11 blocks. Rosenbaum finished with 35 kills and 18 blocks, Beining with 27 kills and 30 digs and Masephol with 26 kills and 38 digs.

Titans Cage Eagles

UW-Oshkosh fought off UW-La Crosse in the third and fourth games to defeat the Eagles, 3-1, in a women's volleyball match held Wednesday (Sept. 27) in Kolf Sports Center.

The match was tied 1-1 after UW-Oshkosh (15-3/3-1 WIAC) posted a 30-24 victory in the first game and UW-La Crosse (11-4/1-1 WIAC) a 30-17 win in the second. The Titans took the match by winning 30-24 in the third game and 30-27 in the fourth.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, built a 14-10 lead in the first game and stayed in front the remainder of the contest. UW-La Crosse bounced back to take the second game after jumping to advantages of 7-2, 10-3, 14-8 and 22-14.

UW-Oshkosh went ahead 2-1 in the match by winning the third game. The Titans took a 3-2 lead and remained in front of the Eagles the rest of the way. UW-La Crosse made things exciting down the stretch by scoring seven of the game's last 11 points.

The fourth game featured nine ties, including a 25-25 deadlock after UW-La Crosse rallied from a 22-16 deficit. The Titans put the Eagles away by registering five of the game's last seven points.

UW-Oshkosh had a .178 hitting percentage with 84 digs, 58 kills, eight service aces and three solo blocks. UW-La Crosse hit .159 with 83 digs, 48 kills, five solo blocks and one service ace. The Eagles hit just .064 in the third game and .067 in the fourth.

UW-Oshkosh, which had lost five of its previous six matches to UW-La Crosse, was led by the 16 kills and .375 hitting percentage of Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison). The Titans also received 11 kills, 15 digs and five service aces from Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield), 11 kills and seven digs from Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown), nine kills and seven blocks from Jacque Ray (Fr. • Richland Center) and 43 assists, seven digs and two kills from Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna).

Brianne Stankus led UW-La Crosse with 15 kills, while Nina Welch added 12. The Eagles also received 15 digs from Stankus, 20 digs and three kills from Ashley Boylan and 45 assists from Samantha Dries.

Titans Go 2-1 In WIAC Road Swing

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team opened its WIAC slate with three straight road matches and came home with a 2-1 record. UW-Oshkosh opened the WIAC portion of its schedule by defeating UW-Platteville 30-26, 19-30, 30-24, 30-28 on Wednesday (Sept. 20), losing to UW-Eau Claire 30-26, 30-25, 30-19 on Friday (Sept. 22) and defeating UW-Superior 30-27, 26-30, 30-19, 32-30 on Saturday (Sept. 23).

UW-Oshkosh (14-3/2-1 WIAC), ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association fell behind 9-3 in the opening game against 19th ranked UW-Platteville. Trailing 16-12, the Titans tied the score at 18-18 after a side out. From there UW-Oshkosh took the lead for the first time and went ahead 21-18 with three points off of Rebecca Masephol's (Jr. • Pittsville) serve, including two service aces.

The Titans took a 1-0 game lead with a kill from Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) and finished the stanza with 19 kills on a whopping 52 attempts. The Pioneers knotted the score at 1-1 by hitting .524 in game two on 12 kills in 21 attempts while holding the Titans to a .000 hitting percentage.

Despite hitting .406 in game three on 15 kills, UW-Oshkosh had to hold on for the victory as UW-Platteville (10-3/0-1 WIAC) also recorded 15 kills on a .324 hitting percentage. The Pioneers were hurt in the game as they committed five serving errors.

Game four was close throughout as neither team had more than a three-point cushion. With UW-Oshkosh clinging to a 21-19 lead, both teams traded side outs for 14 consecutive serves until the 28-26 mark of the contest. The Pioneers closed the gap to 28-28 and had a chance to go up by one point before a block by Ashley Sullivan (Fr. • De Forest) gave the Titans match point at 29-28.

After a dig by Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun), UW-Oshkosh received a kill by Sullivan off of an assist by Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) to end the match. Jacqueline Ray (Fr. • Richland Center) came off of the bench to record two blocks in the fourth game and Laura Hartman (Jr. • Plymouth) contributed two service aces in the deciding game.

Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) led the Titans with 17 kills on a .457 hitting percentage and added 14 digs. Schmidt scooped up 23 digs and Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) added 14 kills and four blocks. Masephol finished with a match-high four service aces and added nine digs and Stumpf dished out 40 assists.

Rachel Chapman led UW-Platteville with 18 kills and 15 digs and Dana Alf chipped in 16 kills. Kelly Laschinger finished with 48 assists and eight digs and Amy Renick pitched in 15 digs.

UW-Oshkosh won the match despite hitting over 100 percentage points lower than UW-Platteville. The Pioneers were hampered in their efforts with 13 serving errors on only three service aces.

In their second match of the road trip, UW-Oshkosh could not get anything going offensively as they were out hit .311 - .119 by UW-Eau Claire (12-1/1-0 WIAC) and had 15 fewer kills (49-34). UW-Oshkosh also only registered one service ace in the contest on eight service errors. The Blugolds, who entered the contest ranked #5 in the NCAA Division III, tallied 9.5 blocks in the match and 47 digs.

Rosenbaum led the Titans with 10 kills and a .421 hitting percentage. Beining chipped in 11 kills and Vail had nine. Schmidt finished with a match-high 15 digs and Stumpf added 31 assists. Jodi Dunbar led UW-Eau Claire with 15 kills and Jessica Groh and Abby Freiborg had nine kills each. Carly Frieborg dished out 36 assists and had 13 digs and Shanna Berger scooped up 13 digs.

After a 90-minute delay due to a power outage, UW-Oshkosh held off one game point in the fourth game to avoid a deciding fifth game to defeat UW-Superior. The Titans have not lost to the Yellowjackets since the 1992 season.

After splitting the first two games and an 11-point win in the third game by the Titans, the fourth game was close throughout until the Yellowjackets inched ahead for a 20-16 lead. Scoring seven of the next nine points UW-Oshkosh went ahead 23-22 and held a 29-26 advantage for three chances to close out the match.

After a side out by UW-Superior (6-10/0-2 WIAC) closed the gap to two points, the Yellowjackets registered a kill and had a service ace to tie the score at 29-29. Another kill by UW-Superior gave the host team a game point opportunity before a kill by Rosenbaum tied the score at 30-30. After another kill by Rosenbaum gave UW-Oshkosh its first match point opportunity, Masephol unleashed a match-winning service ace giving the Titans the victory.

Rosenbaum led the Titans with 20 kills on 36 attempts for a .527 hitting percentage. Schmidt scooped up 24 digs and Beining tallied 12 kills and 20 digs. In her first collegiate start Ray had eight kills for a .636 hitting percentage and had a team-high six blocks. Vail added 12 kills and Lisa Beck (Sr. • Darboy) added 11 digs and four service aces. Stumpf had a productive match with seven kills, 57 helpers and 12 digs.

UW-Superior was led by Emma Bryant who had 16 kills. Alicia Fairchild added 38 assists and Anne LeBard tallied 11 digs.

The Titans had 11 team blocks, 87 digs and 66 kills in the contest.

Titans Win Three Of Four Matches In Pizza Hut Classic

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team won its first two matches on Friday (Sept. 15) and then split a pair of contests against two top-10 ranked teams on Saturday (Sept. 16) to go 3-1 at the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, played four matches during its home tournament and won three of them. The Titans (12-2) defeated Aurora University (Ill.), 3-1 (16-30, 30-18, 30-16, 31-29) and Loras College (Iowa), 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 30-18) on Friday, before falling to ninth ranked UW-Whitewater 3-2, (21-30, 30-25, 30-27, 21-20, 15-13) and defeating fourth ranked University of St. Thomas (Minn.) 3-2, (30-28, 20-30, 30-25, 24-20, 15-11) on Saturday.

In the opening match on Friday, Aurora University (3-7) scored six of the last eight points in game one to take a quick 1-0 lead in the match. UW-Oshkosh regrouped to take a 15-5 lead in game two and was led by Lisa Beck's (Sr. • Darboy) 10 straight service points in game three to push out to a 2-1 cushion in games.

The Spartans pushed the Titans to extended points in game four before a hitting error gave the Titans the victory. Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) led UW-Oshkosh with 19 kills, a .474 hitting percentage and four blocks. Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) dished out 51 assists, Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) added 17 kills and four blocks and Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) collected 27 digs and three service aces.
Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) chipped in nine kills and 11 digs, Beck tallied 13 digs and Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) scooped up 12 digs.

In the second match on Friday, UW-Oshkosh swept Loras College (3-4) behind a .311 team hitting percentage and 16.5 total blocks, including 10 solo stuffs. Stumpf led UW-Oshkosh's charge at the net with six blocks, a career high, followed by Rosenbaum's five blocks and Beining's four. Vail and Masephol each had three blocks each as UW-Oshkosh recorded a season best in the match.

Vail was the only Titan in double-digit kills with 12 on a .476 hitting percentage. Rosenbaum added nine kills, Masephol seven and Beining five as all three of them only had one hitting error in the contest. Schmidt added 17 digs and Beck seven. The Titans were held without a service ace in the match.

In a match-up of two of the top teams in the WIAC, UW-Whitewater (12-1) survived a back and forth match to defeat UW-Oshkosh in Saturday's opening round contest. The victory by the Warhawks avenged a 3-2 set-back last year at the conference tournament - a win the Titans claimed 15-13 in the fifth game on the Warhawks' home court.

Tied at two games each, the Titans held an 8-5 lead before the Warhawks scored six straight points for an 11-8 advantage in game five. Down 12-9, UW-Oshkosh fought back to tie the score at 13-13 before two UW-Whitewater kills ended the match.

Five UW-Oshkosh players tallied double-digit digs in the contest. Schmidt led the Titans' charge with 37 digs followed by Beck with 18, Masephol with 17, Beining with 14 and Stumpf with 10. Stumpf added 55 assists and five blocks and Rosenbaum had 17 kills and Vail 16. Laura Hartman (Jr. • Plymouth) amassed three service aces and Rosenbaum stopped four UW-Whitewater attacks.

In the final match of the tournament, UW-Oshkosh was pushed to the limit before upsetting the University of St. Thomas (11-2) behind a career-high 20 kills by Masephol. After trading victories in the first four games, UW-Oshkosh took advantages of 8-5 and 12-8 in the fifth game before ending the contest with a kill by Vail.

Named to the 10-person all-tournament team, Masephol also finished with 14 digs and Vail tallied 16 kills. Beining and Rosenbaum joined the double-digit kill performances with 18 and 16, respectively, and Beining added 20 digs. Stumpf set career-highs with 62 assists and 19 digs and Schmidt scooped up 32 digs. Beck added three service aces, including one in the fifth game and tallied 21 digs. The Titans had season-highs of 110 digs and 76 kills in the match.

Rosenbaum and Vail led the team for the weekend with 61 kills each, hitting .343 and .338, respectively in the four matches. Schmidt collected 113 digs and Stumpf added 199 assists, 35 digs and 15 total blocks. Beining tallied 40 kills and 49 digs and Masephol had 38 kills and 48 digs. Schmidt and Beck each had five service aces and Rosenbaum finished with 16 blocks.

The all-tournament team selections were the second career nods for both Vail and Masephol. Vail was an honoree last year at the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic and Masephol was named to the six-person squad at the Centre College (Ky.) Invitational last season.

Titans Top Vikings, Raiders In Home Debut

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team opened its 2006 home schedule by recording 3-1 wins over Lawrence University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Tuesday (Sept. 12) in Kolf Sports Center.


UW-Oshkosh (9-1), ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, ousted Lawrence University, 30-17, 30-22, 26-30 30-14, in its first match of the triangular.

The Titans took a 2-0 lead over the Vikings after jumping out to advantages of 23-10 in the first game and 25-15 in the second. UW-Oshkosh hit .414 with 16 kills in the first game.

After Lawrence University (3-7) overcame a 9-1 deficit to win the third game, UW-Oshkosh finished off the Vikings by sprinting out to an 18-4 advantage in the fourth.

UW-Oshkosh hit .336 with 52 kills, 11 service aces and seven blocks against Lawrence University.

Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison) led the Titans by hitting .550 with 13 kills. Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) added a .417 hitting percentage with 10 kills, while Megan Fischer (Fr. • Manitowoc) contributed a .500 hitting percentage with nine kills. UW-Oshkosh also received 24 assists from Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) and 19 assists from Katelyn Vara (Fr. • New Berlin).

UW-Oshkosh closed its activity with a 30-7, 30-25, 23-30, 30-23 win over the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The first game was all UW-Oshkosh as the Titans exploded to a 14-1 lead. UW-Oshkosh allowed only seven points in the first game to set a school record.

Following a win by the Titans in the second game and a victory by the Raiders in the third, UW-Oshkosh ended the match with a triumph in the fourth. The Titans hit .359 with 19 kills in the fourth game after hitting just .152 with 13 kills in the third.

The Titans hit .265 against the Raiders with 56 kills, 18 blocks and 11 service aces.

Rosenbaum paced UW-Oshkosh by hitting .529 with 10 kills. Vail hit .429 with 10 kills and four blocks, while Lisa Beck ( Sr. • Darboy) added 28 assists and Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun) 23 digs. The Titans also received nine digs from Toni Gruber (Fr. • Spring Green) and five kills and six blocks from Valerie Yost (So. • Oshkosh).

In the other match played Tuesday, the Milwaukee School of Engineering defeated Lawrence University 30-26, 30-20, 30-27.

Titans Win Three Matches In Texas

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team ran its season-opening winning streak to seven matches before falling to Concordia College (Minn.) at the Trinity University Invitational held Friday (Sept. 8) and Saturday (Sept. 9) in San Antonio, Texas.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked ninth in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, played four matches on its southwestern trip and won three of them. The Titans (7-1) defeated Christopher Newport University (Va.), 3-1 (30-20, 25-30, 30-25, 30-25), Trinity University (Texas), 3-0 (30-25, 30-27, 34-32), and Hardin-Simmons University (Texas), 3-0 (30-27, 32-30, 30-28). UW-Oshkosh lost to 11th-ranked Concordia College, 3-0 (30-19, 30-25, 30-25), in its final match of the five-team tournament.

UW-Oshkosh tripped Christopher Newport University (1-5) in its tournament opener by winning the last two games of the match. The Titans took the contest despite hitting .158, including just .028 in game two. Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown) hit .471 in the match with 17 kills, six blocks and three digs. The Titans also received 12 kills and 11 digs from Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield), 11 kills and seven digs from Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison), 49 assists, six digs and four blocks from Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) and 26 digs from Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun).

UW-Oshkosh withstood late charges in each game to sweep Trinity University (4-2). UW-Oshkosh hit .163 in the match with 53 kills, including a season-high 22 in game three. Rosenbaum hit .341 in the contest with 18 kills, while Vail added 11 kills and three blocks. The Titans also benefited from the 10 kills and eight digs of Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) and the 10 kills and 12 digs of Beining.

The Titans picked up their final win of the tournament by overcoming deficits of 28-26 in games two and three to sweep Hardin-Simmons University (2-5). UW-Oshkosh hit only .121 in the match, but totaled 83 digs, 16 blocks and nine service aces. Rosenbaum totaled 15 kills, while Vail added seven and Stumpf six. The Titans also received 27 assists from Stumpf, 22 digs from Schmidt and five kills and six blocks from Valerie Yost (So. • Oshkosh).

UW-Oshkosh suffered its first loss of the season as Concordia College (7-0) held the Titans to a .128 hitting percentage. Vail had 10 kills in the match, while Beining and Rosenbaum both totaled nine. The Titans also got 28 assists from Stumpf and 26 digs from Schmidt.

Concordia College, Trinity University and UW-Oshkosh all finished the tournament with 3-1 records, but the host Tigers captured the first-place trophy by posting the highest winning percentage in games played.

Rosenbaum was UW-Oshkosh's lone representative on the six-player all-tournament team. She hit .405 in the event with 59 kills, 15 blocks, five digs and five service aces.

Titans Capture Elmhurst College Invitational Title

The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team opened its 2006 season by going unbeaten in four matches to take first place at the Elmhurst College Invitational held Friday (Sept. 1) and Saturday (Sept. 2) in Elmhurst, Ill.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked ninth in the NCAA Division III by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, grabbed the championship trophy by rallying to defeat Carthage College, 3-2 (24-30, 27-30, 30-24, 30-25, 15-5), in the title match. The Titans also topped Alma College (Mich.), 3-0 (30-24, 30-10, 30-17), 14th-ranked College of St. Benedict (Minn.), 3-0 (30-24, 30-24, 30-19) and 25th-ranked Elmhurst College (Ill.), 3-1 (28-30, 30-19, 30-20, 30-19), in the 12-team tournament.

UW-Oshkosh overcame a two-game deficit to edge Carthage College (3-1) in the championship contest. The Lady Reds built a 2-0 advantage in the match as they led most of the first game and scored 11 unanswered points to take the second. UW-Oshkosh rallied to even the match by posting victories in the third and fourth games. The Titans scored 15 of the last 17 points in the fifth and deciding game to complete the comeback.

Katie Beining (So. • Brookfield) led UW-Oshkosh to its victory over Carthage College by totaling 18 kills and 11 digs. The Titans also received 19 kills from Leah Rosenbaum (Jr. • Wrightstown), 12 kills from Kim Vail (Jr. • Madison), 63 assists from Leah Stumpf (Fr. • Kaukauna) and a school-record 41 digs from Samantha Schmidt (So. • Waupun). UW-Oshkosh, which defeated Carthage College in the first round of last year's NCAA Division III Championship, hit .258 for the match.

UW-Oshkosh swept Alma College (0-1) as it hit .346 and committed only one receiving error. Rosenbaum had 13 kills and a .706 hitting percentage to lead the Titans, while Vail added nine kills, Schmidt 18 digs and Beining seven kills and 10 digs. The win marked the Titans' sixth season-opening victory in seven years.

UW-Oshkosh hit .355 in its sweep of the College of St. Benedict (1-1). Rosenbaum paced the Titans with 15 kills, while Vail contributed nine kills and three digs, Stumpf 41 assists and Rebecca Masephol (Jr. • Pittsville) five kills, five digs and four service aces.

UW-Oshkosh lost its first game against Elmhurst College (2-1), but took the match after winning the next three. Rosenbaum led the Titans with 15 kills, while Beining added 12 kills and six digs. The Titans also received 10 kills and six digs from Vail, five kills, eight digs and six service aces from Masephol, 27 digs from Schmidt and 48 assists from Stumpf.

Named to the six-player all-tournament team from UW-Oshkosh were Rosenbaum and Vail. Rosenbaum hit .552 with 62 kills and 13 blocks in the tournament, while Vail hit .330 with 40 kills, 11 digs and nine blocks.