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Titans Are Midwest Ten Conference Champions (2-19-17)
After a one-year hiatus of winning either the regular season or conference tournament championship, the UW-Oshkosh men’s volleyball team captured both at the Midwest Ten Conference championship on Saturday (Feb. 18) in DeKalb, Ill. In 2016 the Titans took second in both to stop a 13-year run of capturing either championship.

UW-Oshkosh (12-0) beat Ball State University, 25-14, 25-5 and #25 Northern Illinois University, 25-20, 25-19 to win the regular season conference championship with a perfect 8-0 mark. In its win over the Cardinals the Titans hit .571 with 23 kills on 34 attempts. In a balanced attack Tony D’Acquisto (So. – Franklin) led the team with seven kills and added two blocks and Joe Kuchler (Sr. – Muskego) had seven digs. Sammy Pedersen (Sr. – Muskego) added five kills and Nick Davies (Fr. – Waukesha) had two blocks. Travis Hudson (Sr. – Waukesha) dished out 18 assists to lead the offense.

In the sweep over the Huskies Peter Nordel (Sr. – Torrance, Calif.) had a team leading four blocks and Wesley Morioka (Sr. – Chicago, Ill.) chipped in five kills and two blocks. Travis Hudson dished out 16 assists and provided four kills and three digs, D’Acquisto had four kills and Kuchler scooped up six digs.

In the quarterfinals of the conference championship the Titans picked up another win over the Ball State University on the day with a 25-14, 25-16 sweep. Nordel topped the team with eight kills and five blocks, including two solo stuffs. Pedersen had five service aces and four kills and Davies amassed 11 assists and five kills. Brandon Schmidt (Gr. – Kaukauna) collected five kills, four assists and two blocks and D’Acquisto had two service aces.

In a back and forth semifinal match against rival Illinois State University the Titans prevailed 25-17, 25-23 to reach the conference championship match for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons. Michael Wamboldt (Sr. – Pleasant Prairie) led the team with six digs and Pedersen and Schmidt each had three service aces. Morioka provided six kills and Travis Hudson had 16 assists and five kills.

The Titans went down 5-2 in set one before coming back to tie the score at 11-11 after two consecutive service aces by Schmidt. The Titans went on to build an 18-15 lead and took the first set with a 7-2 run. UW-Oshkosh had trouble offensively in the second set falling behind 23-18 after eight hitting errors throughout the course of the set.

D’Acquisto started the Titans comeback with a solo block and then was helped out on two others as the Titans closed to within 23-21 forcing a time out. The Redbirds helped by committing three hitting errors during the run as the Titans ended the match on a 7-0 run.

In a similar match against #13 Marquette University as in the regular season, the Titans survived a close first set and then rolled in the second stanza to post the victory. The Titans advance to 12-0 on the season and have not lost a set.

In a balanced offense where six players had three or more kills, UW-Oshkosh was led by Devin Hudson (So. – Wauwatosa) with six kills and also had two blocks. Travis Hudson had 15 assists, four digs and three blocks and Jake Martin (So. – New Lenox, Ill.) provided a team leading seven digs. Pedersen chipped in five kills and two service aces and Nordel added three blocks.

“The Midwest Ten Championship is back at Oshkosh,” said Head Coach Brian Schaefer. “The guys had a few ups and downs on the day, but when clutch plays were needed they once again came though. The best thing about our wins is that many people contributed. Our defense and passing was very good and to hold Illinois State University and a very good serving Marquette University without a service ace is pretty impressive.”
Lemmens to Become Titan (1-17-17)
Michael Lemmens, a local product from Appleton West High School, has decided to attend UW-Oshkosh and play for its nationally known collegiate club volleyball program announced head coach Brian Schaefer.

Lemmens, a 6-1 right side hitter and setter was coached by current UW-Oshkosh assistant coach Tim Weis for the Terrors and was named honorable mention all-conference in the Fox Valley Association this past fall helping the team to the sectional finals. He currently plays for head coach Mike Oates for WVA Nightmares and is the team captain.

"Mike is one of those guys that you want in your program," said Schaefer. "He is a great teammate, hard worker and can offer us depth in two positions. He has a charismatic personality that will be perfect for our team."

Michael is the son of Todd and Deb Lemmens and will study economics and finance at UW-Oshkosh. He is also active in high school in two other sports, earning varsity letters in baseball and bowling two times.

"I love the size of the school and the proximity to my hometown," said Lemmens. "I also am in awe of the volleyball program and how they remain so successful."
UW-Oshkosh Takes Hold of Midwest Ten Conference Lead (2-5-17)
UW-Oshkosh, winners of the last three National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division I national titles, swept all six of its opponents at the Midwest Ten Conference Play Date held Saturday (Feb. 4) in Milwaukee.

UW-Oshkosh (7-0) defeated UW-Milwaukee 25-12, 25-18, Iowa State University 25-22, 25-17, DePaul University 25-15, 25-17, University of Notre Dame 25-16, 25-22, Illinois State University 25-8, 25-19 and Marquette University 26-24, 25-20.

With the win over the Golden Eagles the Titans take a one game lead over them with two matches to go in the conference slate. UW-Oshkosh will finish out the Midwest Ten Conference regular season against Ball State University and Northern Illinois University on Saturday (Feb. 18) in DeKalb, Illinois.

The Titans have previously claimed regular season conference titles in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. UW-Oshkosh finished second in 2009, 2014 and 2016.

The Titans rolled over the Panthers in the first match of the day behind five kills from Tony Mack (Sr. - Muskego) and Peter Nordel (Sr. - Torrance, Calif.) and seven digs by Jake Martin (So. - New Lenox, Ill.). Wesley Morioka (Sr. - Chicago, IIl.) added three blocks and Travis Hudson (Sr. - Wauwatosa) dished out 18 assists. The Titans hit .400 in the match behind 25 kills.

Morioka led the Titans with 10 kills against the Cyclones and Travis Hudson collected 18 assists, six digs and four blocks. Sammy Pedersen (Sr. - Muskego) added six kills and five digs, Nordel stopped three blocks and Sam Moua (Sr. - Appleton) had four digs.

Hudson spread out the offense in its win over conference newcomer DePaul University as six players had three or more kills led by Devin Hudson (So. - Wauwatosa) with six put aways. Pedersen provided two service aces and five kills and Tony D'Acquisto (So. - Franklin) had three blocks.

Pedersen led the Titans with seven kills and two service aces and Travis Hudson dialed up 19 assists in the Titans win over the Irish. D'Acquisto added five blocks, Mack five kills and seven digs and Brandon Schmidt (Gr. - Kaukauna) had four kills and five blocks. Travis Hudson added five digs and three blocks.

In the trashing of the Redbirds the Titans were led by Morioka with six kills, Devin Hudson with four blocks and Travis Hudson with 17 assists. The Titans had 26 kills on a .512 hitting percentage.

In another marquee battle with the host Golden Eagles, the Titans came back from a 23-21 deficit in set one to claim the close first set victory before taking the match after building a 23-16 lead in set two.

Martin came up big in the back court with eight digs and Devin Hudson had seven kills to lead the Titans. Nordel piled up five blocks and four kills, Morioka had six kills and Travis Hudson had 18 assists, two service aces and four blocks.

"The day was meant as a measuring stick on how we were doing as a team," said Head Coach Brian Schaefer. "We were able to insert many different line-ups and
the guys played focus, hard-nosed volleyball no matter what the line-up. They played very well today."

In a balanced offense Pedersen led the team on the day with 28 kills and added five service aces and 16 digs. Martin topped the team with 23 digs, Nordel had 14 blocks and hit .529 on 22 kills and Devin Hudson added 25 kills, a .459 hitting percentage and nine blocks. Morioka finished with 23 kills on a .457 hitting percentage and Travis Hudson dished out 109 assists and tallied 14 blocks.

"Sammy Pedersen really shined today," added Schaefer. "After being in a reserve role last year he has really improved his overall game. He works very hard and has tremendous athletic ability. We have a very talented team from top to bottom and it was nice to see each team member supporting each other throughout the day."
UW-Oshkosh II Dominates MIVA Play Date (1-31-17)
The UW-Oshkosh II men’s volleyball team did not drop a set on its way to a perfect 6-0 mark at the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Associate Division II play date held Saturday and Sunday (January 28-29) in Bloomington, Indiana. The Titans currently sit in first place in the conference tied with three other teams that currently have the same record.

UW-Oshkosh II (6-0 / 6-0 MIVA) dominated competition by defeating the University of Michigan II 25-16, 25-14, Hope College 25-10, 25-16, Ball State University II 25-9, 25-12 and Michigan State University II 25-10, 25-17 on Saturday and then sweeping Grand Valley State University II 25-18, 25-13 and the University of Kentucky II 25-22, 25-22 on Sunday.

In the first match of the day on Saturday, Mitch Lahmann (Sr. – Wauwatosa) led the Titans against the Wolverines with seven kills and added four digs and one solo block. Alex Basting (So. – Franklin) provided six kills and two block solos and Jake Martin (So. – New Lenox, Ill.) led the team with seven digs and two service aces. Adam Landgraf (Sr. – Kenosha) dished out 19 assists and added two blocks.

Mike Starzec (Sr. – Buffalo Grove, Ill.) led UW-Oshkosh with five kills and four blocks against the Flying Dutchmen. Landgraf had 16 assists and Lahmann and Ryan Albers (Jr. – Appleton) tallied four kills.

The Titans offense exploded against the Cardinals as the team piled up 29 kills on a .520 hitting percentage. Lahmann once again led the team with eight kills, followed by John Collins (So. – New Berlin) with six, Starzec with five and Albers with four. Landgraf produced 25 assists and Collins also added five digs and two service aces. Braeden Melton (Sr. – Beloit) led the team with two blocks.

In the last match on Saturday against the Spartans, Basting and Lahmann each had seven kills in the rout. Landgraf assisted on 22 of the Titans 24 kills and added three service aces. Starzec topped the team with four blocks and Martin scooped up four digs.

In Sunday’s action Martin tallied a tournament high 10 digs against the Lakers. Lahmann and Melton topped the team with six kills each and Landgraf piled up 16 assists and four service aces. Joe Kuchler (Sr. – Muskego) had four digs, Basting dialed up four kills and two services aces and Starzec had four blocks, including two solo stuffs.

Landgraf achieved his first double-double of the season against the Wildcats with 19 assists and 10 digs. He added five blocks and three kills in the win. Basting slammed down seven kills and Melton added six put aways and three blocks. Martin tallied five digs and Collins had two block solos.
UW-Oshkosh Opens WVC Play with 3-0 Sweep (1-30-17)
UW-Oshkosh, winners of the last eight regular season Wisconsin Volleyball Conference championships, started the 2017 campaign on a positive note with a 26-24, 25-21, 25-19 sweep over UW-Eau Claire on Saturday (Jan. 28) in Kolf Sports Center.

The Titans (1-0 / 1-0 WVC) started slow with seven service errors in the first set which allowed the Blugolds to remain close. "We need to have a better mind-set before we serve," said head coach Brian Schaefer. "We don't need to get an ace to be successful. We need to be able to let our block and defense work to score us points as well."

Holding a two or more point lead for much of the first set, UW-Oshkosh had two straight hitting errors late in the stanza to allow UW-Eau Claire to knot the score at 24-24. A hitting error by the Blugolds and then a kill by Brandon Schmidt (Gr. - Kaukauna) ended the set.

"UW-Eau Claire did a good job challenging our block and played tough defense," added Schaefer. "They played well making us earn the victory tonight."

The Titans did a better job controlling the match after the tight first set by eliminating errors and making better reads defensively at the net and in the back court.

Schmidt led the Titans offensively with 10 kills and added two service aces. Tony D'Acquisto (So. - Franklin) had nine kills and two blocks and Tony Mack (Sr. - Muskego) added five kills and four digs. Travis Hudson (Sr. - Wauwatosa) piled up 31 assists, five kills and two service aces and Devin Hudson (So. - Wauwatosa) added five kills and two service aces.

The Titans finished with 40 kills and nine service aces.
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