MADISON, Wis. -- Three weeks into the season and 11 former Badgers are well on their way in the 2012 campaign. Success for some and growth for others, we take a look at how the journey has gone so far.
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Amanda Berkeley's second season with Southern Mississippi has featured a 3-6 start, including two-straight wins this past weekend against Marist and Texas-Arlington at the UT Arlington Tournament. Both of those wins were 3-0 sweeps, as was the team's first win of the season against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 25. The Eagles travel to Nagadoches, Texas, this weekend before kicking off Conference USA play on Sept. 21 against Tulane.
Lizzy (Fitzgerald) Stemke
Colleen (Neels) Bayer
In her second season as head coach, Lizzy Stemke's Bulldogs got off to a hot 5-0 start before losing three of the last four. Along with first-year assistant coach Colleen Bayer, Georgia swept Georgia Southern, Troy and Georgia State at its home tournament to open the season. The Bulldogs then won their first two matches of the Florida State Tournament against Florida International and Florida A&M. Georgia lost just one set in those first five matches. The Bulldogs suffered their first defeat of 2012 in a 3-1 loss to Florida State. This past weekend Georgia defeated Albany before falling to IPFW and Michigan State. Stemke is on pace to surpass her 11-19 campaign from 2011 but faces a tough SEC schedule beginning this week.
Arlisa (Hagan) Williams
Georgetown and seventh-year head coach Arlisa Williams are off to a 6-2 start to the 2012 season, sparked by wins in their first five matches. The Hoyas defeated American, George Mason, Campbell, Manhattan and William & Mary before taking their first loss to Appalachian State, 3-2. Georgetown rebounded with a 3-0 sweep over Virginia the next day before taking a 3-1 loss to VCU. Williams faces old Big Ten foe Michigan State this week.
Dawn Kelly Redd
Dawn Kelly Redd's Buccaneers are off to a 0-9 start to the 2012 schedule. Beloit College won its first set of the season Sept. 5 against Aurora University and has since taken a set apiece from Principia College and Rockford College. The Bucs opened the season with four matches at home but don't return back to Beloit until Oct. 5.
Kent State has opened the 2012 season 3-6 in Kuzma's first year as an assistant coach. The Golden Eagles lost their opening match to Cleveland State Aug, 24 before picking up their first win the next day in a 3-0 sweep of Murray State. Kent State claimed a 3-2 vs. South Florida the next weekend and another 3-0 sweep this past weekend, against Saint Francis. The Golden Eagles head to the Butler Invitational this weekend for their three final non-conference matches.
Minnesota State Mankato
In her seventh season at Minnesota State Mankato, assistant coach Lori Rittenhouse-Wollmuth and her Mavericks are off to a 6-2 start in 2012. Mankato opened the season 4-0, including 3-0 sweeps in its first three matches at the Cal State Monterey Bay Tournament. The Mavericks took down Alaska Anchorage, CSU Monterey, Monterey Bay Academy of Art of Dominican (NY) to earn the No. 13 ranking in the country. Mankato then split four matches this past weekend at the Runza Fall Classic in Kearney, Neb. The Mavericks defeated St. Cloud State and Truman State in the tournament. Mankato opens its 2012 conference season this week with five-straight home matches.
Morgan Salow is in her second season as assistant coach with Jacksonville State where the Gamecocks are 6-5 to begin the year. Jacksonville State opened the season 4-0 with a perfect record at the Alabama State Invitational. The Gamecocks defeated Stetson, Southeastern Louisiana, South Dakota and Alabama State in the tournament, dropping just four sets. The Gamecocks then lost three matches at the Auburn Invitational before taking two-of-four this past weekend at the Central Arkansas Invitational with wins over Jackson State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. After defeating South Dakota in the team's third match this season 3-2, the Gamecocks fell 3-2 to the Coyotes at the Central Arkansas Invitational. Jacksonville State has three more matches in pre-conference play, including Purdue this weekend.
The Badgers are off to an 8-1 start after a 2-1 start at the South Florida Invitational, a perfect slate at the Long Beach State Invitational and another 3-0 record this past weekend at the InnTowner Invitational. Wisconsin has lost just five sets all season, sweeping six opponents. The Badgers travel to the Georgia Southern Tournament this weekend for four more non-conference matches before opening Big Ten play at Northwestern.
In Jackie Simpson's second season as assistant coach at East Carolina, the Pirates are 1-8 to begin the year. East Carolina's lone win came in the team's second match of the season with a 3-1 victory over Bethune Cookman at the East Carolina Classic. The Pirates were then swept at the Milwaukee Invitational, including a 3-0 loss to Milwaukee, before suffering another sweep this past weekend at the Duke Invitational. East Carolina kicks off Conference USA play this week taking on Marshall in the opening match of the ECU's Pirate Invitational.
First-year assistant coach Allison Wack is 5-4 with Northwestern State including a recent sweep this past weekend at the UT Arlington Invitational. The Lady Daemons suffered a pair of losses against Kansas and Arkansas to open the season before defeating Tennessee Martin. Northwestern State went 1-2 the next weekend at the Lone Star Showdown with a 3-0 win over Texas- Pan American. The Lady Daemons take on Stephen F. Austin this Friday to open Southland Conference play.