Oct. 31, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – As the 2012 season begins to make its final push, 12 former Badgers are experiencing the ups and downs of coaching. Some seasons have concluded while others will end when the schedule runs out in the next couple weeks. Other teams though are just heating up and looking forward to post season play.
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Amanda Berkeley’s Golden Eagles are 8-16 in her second season at Southern Mississippi, including 4-8 in conference play. The Golden Eagles are currently riding a much needed two-match winning streak, which snapped a seven-match losing streak. Southern Miss swept Marshall on Friday before battling to a 3-2 win over East Carolina (and assistant coach Jackie Simpson) Sunday. The Golden Eagles have just four matches remaining in the regular season, with two of those contests coming against teams in the top three of the Conference USA standings.
Lizzy (Fitzgerald) Stemke
Colleen (Neels) Bayer
Head coach Lizzy Stemke and assistant coach Colleen Bayer continue to lead the Bulldog’s turnaround season. After finishing 11-19 last year, Georgia already sits at 13-9, including 7-5 in SEC play. That conference record is good for fourth place in the Eastern Division, just two games out of second place with eight matches left to play. It won’t be easy for the Bulldogs though. They travel to No. 11 Florida this Friday before visiting Auburn on Sunday.
In her first season as a graduate assistant, Janelle Gabrielsen’s Concordia University (Wis.) volleyball team is 8-23 with a 5-7 Northern Athletics Conference record and one match left to play. The season has included a 12-match losing streak as well as a recent three-match winning streak. The Eagles faced a tough challenge this past weekend, losing four matches at the Pumpkin Bash in Rock Island, Ill. Concordia finishes regular season play this Tuesday taking on Edgewood College in Madison.
Arlisa (Hagan) Williams
After starting the season 5-0, Arlisa William’s Hoyas have won just two matches since, while losing 17. Georgetown did recently grab its first conference win with a 3-0 victory over DePaul. At 1-10 in Big East play though, the Hoyas sit in last place. Georgetown most recently dropped a 3-2 match to Syracuse at home Sunday while pushing Marquette to four sets on Friday. Just four matches remain in the regular season before Big East Tournament play kicks off. Georgetown travels to Cincinnati and Louisville this coming weekend. Louisville currently sits tied atop the conference standings with Marquette at 10-1.
Dawn Kelly Redd
Dawn Kelly Redd’s Beloit College volleyball team completed its 2012 schedule last Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Monmouth College. The match capped off four matches in nine days that saw the Buccaneers go 2-2, with wins over MacMurray College and Knox College. Those two wins bumped Beloit College’s record to 4-23, doubling last year’s win total. The Buccaneers faced 19 sweeps this season while never playing a full five sets. With a 1-9 Midwest Conference record, Beloit College finished ninth out of 10 teams. Cornell College took the top spot with a perfect 10-0 MWC record.
Kent State is 6-18 overall this season, including a 3-9 conference mark. The Golden Flash most recently dropped a pair of matches this past weekend, falling at home to Bowling Green and Miami. Kent State’s three Mid-American Conference victories have come over Miami (OH), Buffalo and Northern Illinois. The Golden Flash have four matches remaining this season, with their home season finale coming this Thursday against Ohio.
Minnesota State Mankato
No. 14 Minnesota State, Mankato is 16-8 and 10-6 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, but has lost its last two matches, falling to Wayne State and Augustana this past weekend. At fifth place in the NSIC, the Mavericks look to move up in the conference standings with four matches remaining. Two of those matches come against fellow fifth-place Winona State and conference leader Southwest Minnesota State. This weekend features a home match against Upper Iowa University before taking to the road to face Winona.
The Gamecocks continue to improve in the 2012 season, having eclipsed last season’s win total of 11 victories with a 12-14 record this year. That record includes a 6-6 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. Jacksonville State split a pair of five-set road games last weekend, with a win over Eastern Kentucky and a loss to conference leader Morehead State. The Gamecocks next face Eastern Illinois and SIU-Edwardsville, who are both sub-.500 teams and present an opportunity for the Gamecocks to move up in the conference East division with just four matches left to play.
With eight games left in the Big Ten Schedule, the Badgers are 4-8 in the conference and 16-9 overall. Those 16 wins already equal last year’s total, a campaign that saw the Badgers finish 16-14. Wisconsin has yet to put together a conference winning streak, most recently splitting this past weekend with a 3-1 win over Illinois and a 3-2 loss to Northwestern. Wisconsin takes to the road the next two weekends, first facing No. 15 Ohio State Friday before taking on No. 3 Penn State Sunday.
Since taking a 3-1 win over Bethune Cookman in the second match of the season, the Pirates have lost 20-straight matches. East Carolina has pushed three of those losses to five sets, including a 3-2 loss to Amanda Berkeley’s Southern Mississippi last Sunday. The Pirates have four matches remaining this season, beginning with a pair of road contests this weekend at UAB and Memphis.
The Lady Demons are 18-8 and have guaranteed themselves a winning season after a 10-20 campaign last year. Northwestern State has won its last six matches en route to a 10-4 record in the Southland Conference. The record has the Lady Demons in third place in the conference, just two matches out of first place with two matches left to play. Northwestern State has a chance to grab at least second place when they take on the current second place team, Central Arkansas this Thursday before finishing the conference season on the road against Oral Roberts.