Oct. 9, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Halfway through the 2012 season and 12 former Badgers are experiencing the ups and downs of coaching. Some teams are already counting down to the end of the their seasons while others are making a push to make it to their conference tournaments.
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In her second season at Southern Mississippi, Amanda Berkeley is 6-12, including 2-4 in Conference USA play with wins coming over Tulane and East Carolina, which features another former Badger, Jackie Simpson, on the bench. The Golden Eagles have fought hard all season, pushing five of their last six losses to at least four sets. Southern Mississippi’s Kristen Fleming is third in the Conference USA with 10.28 assists per set. The Golden Eagles continue through their conference schedule with upcoming matches this weekend against UAB and Memphis.
Lizzy (Fitzgerald) Stemke
Colleen (Neels) Bayer
Head coach Lizzy Stemke and assistant coach Colleen Bayer have their Georgia Bulldogs at 9-7 including 3-4 in SEC play this season. The Bulldogs are 3-3 in their last six matches with wins over Mississippi State, Alabama and LSU. Georgia is third in the SEC in blocks per set with Elena Perri fourth individually in the conference. The Bulldogs have an opportunity to grab a pair of matches this weekend when they take on Auburn and Ole Miss, both teams in the bottom five of the conference.
In her first season as a graduate assistant, Janelle Gabrielson’s Concordia University (Wis.) volleyball team is 5-17, including a 2-5 mark in Northern Athletics Conference play. The Eagles opened the season 3-4 before dropping their next 12 matches. CUW snapped that streak on Sept. 28 with a win over Rockford College and grabbed its second conference win this past Friday with a 3-1 victory over Alverno College.
Arlisa (Hagan) Williams
Arlisa William’s Hoyas are off to a 6-12 start including 0-5 in Big East Conference play. After opening the season 5-0, Georgetown has gone 1-12 since. The Hoyas have pushed their last four matches to four sets, including a close loss to then-15-1 Seton Hall at the end of September. The Hoyas search for their first conference win this weekend traveling to Pittsburgh and USF.
Dawn Kelly Redd
With eight regular season matches left to play, Dawn Kelly Redd and her Beloit College volleyball team have matched their 2011 win total with a record of 2-17. Those two wins came in a sweep over Alverno College on the road and at Mount Mary College. The Buccaneers face Lawrence University for senior night this Friday before playing a pair of matches against St. Norbert College and Edgewood College on Saturday.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are 5-13 in 2012 with a 2-4 conference record. The team’s most recent win came against Buffalo this past Friday with its first Mid-American Conference win coming on the road over Miami (OH). Kent State takes to the road this weekend to face Ball State and Toledo before returning home four five-straight matches.
Minnesota State Mankato
The No. 10 Mavericks are 12-5 in 2012, including 6-3 in conference play. Minnesota State split a pair of matches this past weekend, defeating No. 18 Wayne State before falling to Augustana in an upset. The Mavericks have had to battle hard all season, with all but four matches going to at least four sets. Minnesota State leads the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in blocks averaging 2.53 per set. MSU will look to get back to its winning ways this weekend with a pair of matches on the road against the University of Mary and Minot State.
After an 11-19 campaign in 2011, Jacksonville State is off to a solid 10-10 start including a 4-2 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Gamecocks opened conference play 3-0 with wins over Austin Peay, Murray State and Tennessee Tech before dropping a pair to Southeast Missouri and Belmont. Jacksonville State pulled their record back to .500 this past Saturday with a victory over Tennessee State. The Gamecocks return home this weekend for a four-game home stand beginning with Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky Friday and Saturday.
The Badgers are 14-5 to open the 2012 season after a 13-1 start. After opening Big Ten play with a win over the Northwestern, Wisconsin dropped four in a row—all against ranked opponents. The Badgers got back to their winning ways this past Sunday with a sweep over Michigan. Wisconsin takes to the road this weekend to face Iowa and Nebraska.
The Pirates are 1-16 this season with the team’s lone win coming in its second match—a 3-1 win over Bethune Cookman. Since then, East Carolina has dropped 15-straight matches including all six in Conference USA play so far. The Pirates face a pair of conference foes this weekend when they take on Houston at home and head on the road to Rice.
At 12-6, Northwestern State has already eclipsed its win total from a 10-20 campaign in 2011. From Sept. 7 – 22, the Lady Demons went 9-1 before dropping three of their last four. Northwestern State is 4-4 in Southland Conference play with wins coming against Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, Lamar, McNeese State and Oral Roberts. This weekend begins a four-match home stretch beginning with a Thursday match against Southeastern Louisiana.