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Old 08-26-2016, 10:50 AM   #1
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Panther volleyball begins the 2016 season in Ann Arbor this weekend at the Michigan Invitational. Tournament Central

First match is against the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks, this afternoon (Fri. 8/26/16) at 3:30pm (CDT). I don't believe there is any radio or webstream coverage for this one, but live stats should be available via StatBroadcast or Gametracker

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The RedHawks return 11 letterwinners and six starters plus a libero from last year's squad that finished third in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. This season, however, Miami was tabbed the preseason favorite to take home the MAC regular-season and tournament titles. Averaging 2.63 kills per set at a 3.42 attack average, the RedHawks will look to senior middle blocker Paige Hill to guide the veteran offense.
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:38 PM   #2
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I gather Heid's move from libero to hitter is permanent?
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Old 08-26-2016, 01:35 PM   #3
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Held played all 6 positions in spring ball, but I was out of town last week so I didn't see their Purple and Gold scrimmage. Bobbi was on OPR the other day and said that they had been experimenting with a number of different lineups this fall, and hadn't yet settled in on any particular one yet.

It probably depends on how the fresh(wo)men (who redshirted last season, and/or some of the new class) perform.
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UNI wins set 1, 25-15.
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Panthers win the first set over the Redhawks, 25-17, hitting an efficient .324 in attack %.
They used the same lineup from much of last year, with Hook (setter), Held, Weber, Haneline, Schulz, and Thomas. Sorge played libero and Sinnot subbed in at times.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:42 PM   #6
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Also won sets 2 and 3
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UNI wins the 2nd set 25-19, and complete the sweep with a 25-17 victory in the third.

In addition to Sinnot, Blanchfield saw some time on the floor, and true freshman Karlie Taylor made an impressive debut in the third set notching 3 kills on 4 attempts (coming off an ankle sprain in camp).

Kayla Haneline led all players with 10 kills and a solo block. Amie Held added 9 kills, 2 service aces and a solo block. Bre Weber (15 digs) and Kendyl Sorge (13 digs) led the defensive stats.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:58 PM   #8
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Next up is a noon match tommorrow against the Billikens of Saint Louis University. (live stats - Radio: KXEL AM 1540/kxel.com)

and then UNI will close out the weekend facing the host team, Michigan Wolverines at 6 p.m.)
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:06 PM   #9
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In the other Michigan Invite match today, Michigan easily dispatched Saint Louis 19,13,14

And it hasn't exactly been a good day for the MVC in general:
Drake over Northeastern 3-1
UNI over Miami (Ohio) 3-0
SIU over Central Michigan 3-0
Bradley over Western Illinois 3-0

South Alabama over Indiana State 3-2
DePaul over Loyola-Chicago 3-1
Milwaukee over Bradley 3-2
North Florida over Drake 3-2
Marshall over Evansville 3-0
Xavier over Missouri State 3-2
Iowa State over Wichita State 3-0

Illinois State is playing at #21 Loyola-Marymount tonight
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:36 PM   #10
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Nice job Panthers and Sorge!
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Now get out there and beat Harbaugh!
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UNI wins the first set over SLU, 25-20.
Was a close back-and-forth set, but the Panthers pulled away at the end.
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Panthers take the second set fairly easily, 25-14
Billikens had quite a few errors, and UNI had some strong serving and a good block at times
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SLU took control of the third set early, but Ashlee Sinnott's serving lead UNI on a 13-1 run to give the Panthers a 25-17 set win, and another 3-0 match sweep.

Kayla Haneline had a great match, recording 12 kills, hitting .588, and adding 3 blocks.
Bre Weber notched 11 kills, Amie Held added 10 kills.

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This sets up a championship bout for the main event tonight at 6:30 pm as the Panthers take on the Michigan Wolverines. Live Stats - radio PBP on KXEL (AM 1540)
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The University of Michigan has a $153.6 million yearly athletic budget, but they can't afford a volleyball arena with air conditioning (or locker rooms, evidently)
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The University of Michigan has a $153.6 million yearly athletic budget, but they can't afford a volleyball arena with air conditioning (or locker rooms, evidently)
Most of that cash is in the khaki budget.
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The University of Michigan has a $153.6 million yearly athletic budget, but they can't afford a volleyball arena with air conditioning (or locker rooms, evidently)
Who needs AC when you have giant fans (not referring to those cheering). I was pretty surprised to hear they didn't have AC and that they had renovated not long along.
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Panthers get off to a shaky start against the Wolverines (serve receive being an issue). They were able to get back in it and even it at 21-21, but UM pushes through to take the first set 25-21
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Lost in three straight sets to Michigan
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Held was moved back to the libero position after the 2nd set in the Michigan match. Will be interesting to see what the lineup looks like going forward.
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Old 08-28-2016, 12:30 PM   #22
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Held played as libero with the national team program in Indy over the summer.

UNI will face an even tougher challenge next weekend in California, with the third year of the rotating tourney with Creighton, USC and Kentucky.

Creighton lost a 5-setter to Wichita State last night, and they play at Iowa State this afternoon.

USC came into the season with a top-5 ranking, but had a surprisingly bad weekend losing at home to Marquette, Santa Clara, and UC-Irvine.

Kentucky started off this season with a loss to Washington State, but bounced back with wins against Wyoming and at Purdue.
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