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Austin Marshall to Join UW-Oshkosh Men's Volleyball Team (12-27-16)
Austin Marshall became the men's volleyball team's third 2017-2018 commitment after announcing that he has decided to attend UW-Oshkosh and join the program said head coach Brian Schaefer.

Marshall, a 6-1 left side hitter from Greenfield played for head coach Kurt Kempfer for the Greenfield/Whitnall program. He was named honorable mention All-Woodland Conference playing for the Raptors and the most valuable player of his team.

"UW-Oshkosh is the perfect place to play volleyball while getting a great education," said Marshall when asked why he choose to become a Titan.

Marshall, a high honor roll student at Whitnall High School is the son of Tim and Lori Marshall and will pursue nursing at UW-Oshkosh. He has also been a stand-out pole vaulter for his high school track team the last three seasons heading into his senior campaign.

"Austin is the typical hard-working player we like to get at UW-Oshkosh," said Schaefer "Matt Maciejewski, a former Titan is Austin's assistant coach and had glowing reviews on his work-ethic and potential. To be an elite volleyball player, as well as pole vaulter you need strength and speed. It will be exciting to get Austin into the gym and see where his athleticism takes him at UW-Oshkosh."

Marshall joins Matt Aussem (Nicolet High School) and Adam Branch (Downers Grove South High School) as future UW-Oshkosh players in the class of 2017-2018.
Adam Branch Commits to UW-Oshkosh (12-22-16)
Adam Branch, a 6-0 right side hitter from Downers Grove, Illinois has announced his commitment to join the UW-Oshkosh men's volleyball team according to head coach Brian Schaefer. Branch joins Matt Aussem (Nicolet High School) in the 2017-2018 recruiting class so far for the Titans.

Branch currently plays for Hitmen Volleyball Club under head coach Evan Lejman and will play for Downers Grove South high school in the spring to conclude his senior year of high school. The Mustangs are coached by Kurt Steuer.

"Adam is a high flying lefty that will be a perfect compliment to our team next year," said Schaefer. "He is a hard-working, respectful kid that will only get better in our system. We are excited to get a player from Hitmen Volleyball Club and to get Adam in the gym next year."

Adam is the son of Bob and Christi Branch and is undecided on a major. "I love the size of the campus and how many options there are for majors. Playing volleyball at the next level has been a goal of mine for a long time and I can't wait to represent UW-Oshkosh on and off the court next year." said Branch.

"Due to his work ethic in the classroom Adam will qualify for the Titan National Scholarship that will give him in-state tuition for four years." added Schaefer. "This has been a great incentive for our University to draw students from all over the country and we are certainly glad Adam can take advantage of that opportunity."

UW-Oshkosh, the three-time defending National Collegiate Volleyball Association Division I national champions will get started January 2nd, 2017 for the season.
Second Oshkosh Men's Club Volleyball Preview Day Added (12-21-16)
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will be having a Men's Collegiate Club Volleyball Preview Day on Saturday January 7, 2017 for any high school students that are interested in playing volleyball at the next level.

3:00 p.m. – Meet in Lobby of Kolf Sports Center, 785 High Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901 (No parking pass needed)

3:15 p.m. – Campus Tour with Current Men’s Volleyball Players – Directed by Allen Grunert

4:45 p.m. – Dinner provided by UW-Oshkosh Volleyball program – Albee Hall

5:30 p.m. – UW-Oshkosh Men’s Volleyball Question & Answer Session – Albee Hall

6:00 p.m. – Play/Scrimmage with Current Members of the Team – Albee Hall

8:00 p.m. – Conclude Preview Day / Closing Remarks

Please download the Oshkosh Men's Club Volleyball Preview Day form and return it to Coach Schaefer.

Oshkosh Men's Club Volleyball Preview Day Form
UW-Oshkosh Pushes to Make History (12-17-16)
The UW-Oshkosh men's Division I team will try to make history in the 2017 season as they attempt to take home their fourth consecutive National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division I national title in Kansas City in April.

The Titans, winners of six Division I national championships, will be in the hunt again as they return three-time National Player of the Year Travis Hudson (Sr. - Wauwatosa) to run the offense. Allen Grunert (Sr. - Muskego), a two-time first team All-American and Wesley Morioka (Sr. - Chicago), a two-time honorable mention All-American will also return to anchor the right side and left side attack respectively.

2016 Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Newcomer of the Year Eaven Mason (So. - Milwaukee), will return as a middle blocker, as well as starting defensive players Sam Moua (Sr. - Appleton) and Micheal Wamboldt (Sr. - Pleasant Prairie) and utility player Devin Hudson (So. - Wauwatosa). Other returning players from the Division I team are left side hitter Sammy Pedersen (Sr. - Muskego) and middle blocker Nate Leitermann (Sr. - Brookfield), who was injured all of last season.

Michigan Tech University transfer Brandon Schmidt (Gr. - Kaukauna) will also join the Division I team this year as the Titans look to replace left side hitter Alec Redlich and two-time first team All-American middle blocker Tyler Range.

The Titans have won the last eight WVC Division I regular season titles and have 11 WVC State Championships in their history.

The Division II Titans should be strong again with Adam Landgraf (Sr. - Kenosha) the 2016 WVC Division II most valuable player returning to run the offense as UW-Oshkosh looks to extend its incredible string of WVC Division II regular season championships to a 15th season.

Other returning starters for the Division II team are libero Alex Harty (Sr. - Racine), right side hitter Mitch Lahmann (Sr. - Wauwatosa), left side hitter Tony Mack (Sr. - Muskego), and middle blockers Braeden Melton (Sr. - Beloit) and Michael Starzec (Sr. - Buffalo Grove, Ill.). All five received WVC Division II all-conference recognition last season and Mack and Starzec were NCVF Division III All-American honorable mention selections last season.

Other players that received plenty of playing time returning to the team are left side hitter John Collins (So. – New Berlin), right side hitter Steve Cotton (Sr. – Muskego), and defensive specialists Jake Martin (So. – New Lenox, Ill.), and Eli Miller (So. – Burlington). The Titans have have also won the last eight WVC Division II state championships and have three NCVF Division III national championships. Last season UW-Oshkosh II finished fifth.

The UW-Oshkosh III team turned heads last year by finishing second in both the WVC Division II regular season and state championship and taking fifth in their first appearance at the NCVF Division III national championships. UW-Oshkosh III was only defeated once (University of Arizona II; national champions) and beat the University of Missouri II that took second place to the Wildcats.

Returning to the team are left side hitter Alex Basting (So. – Franklin), middle blocker Tony D'Acquisto (So. – Franklin), defensive specialist David Edelmann (Jr. – Belleville, Ill.), right side hitter Kyren Hamilton (Jr. – Plainfield, Ill.), libero Joe Kuchler (Sr. – Muskego), setter Matt Pedersen (So. – Muskego), left side hitter Joey Mack (So. – Muskego), defensive specialist Danny Mirda (Sr. – Brookfield), right side hitter Andrew Shea (Sr. – Brookfield) and left side hitter Mike Skora (So. – Salem). Basting, Kuchler and Skora were named All-WVC first team last season with Kuchler and Skora earning NCVF Division III honorable mention All-America honors.

Top newcomers to the program include Nick Davies (Fr. – Waukesha), a 2015 first team All-State setter, Steve Seaman (Fr. – Muskego), a dynamic pin hitter and Thomas Schnoor (So. – Germantown), a 6-6 middle blocker that played last year on the Titans basketball team before joining the volleyball program this year. Middle blocker Bryan Milligan (Fr. – Kenosha) and right side hitter Ifeanyi Ukachukwu (Fr. – Evanston, Ill.) also join the Titans program this season as freshmen.

Transfers include left side hitter Ryan Albers (Jr. – Appleton) and Logan McAllister (So. – Ham Lake, Minn.) from Clarke University and middle blocker Jim Keuper (Jr. – Brookfield) from Juniata College that will add athleticism and size to the team.

"We will get going January 2nd for preseason," said head coach Brian Schaefer. "Our team lost a few great players but the current members are hungry to make history. We will piece all three teams together and once again try to give UW-Oshkosh a national championship. From top to bottom we might be the deepest we have ever been in our history. Practice will be competitive with a special group of hard-working guys that represent our team in so many outstanding ways on and off the court.”

Joining Schaefer on the Titans coaching staff will again be Will Brydon, Kurt Breier and Tim Weis. “I am lucky to stand along-side three dedicated coaches in Will, Kurt and Tim,” added Schaefer. “Many collegiate club programs do not have one coach, let alone three that put so much time and effort into making us great every year.”
Matt Aussem to Become Titan (12-5-16)
Matt Aussem, a 6-2 left side hitter from Glendale, Wisconsin has decided to continue his education and to participate in men's volleyball at UW-Oshkosh according to head coach Brian Schaefer.

"We are excited to announce our first commitment in the class of 2017 for the Titans," said Schaefer. "Matt is a fierce competitor on the court and in the classroom. He impressed us with his overall volleyball knowledge and skill set at our summer camp and we can't wait to get him the gym. We have a lot of key players graduating in the spring of 2017 so it is important for the program to bring in a number of quality athletes to keep us among the elite teams in the country."

Aussem has competed for Milwaukee Volleyball Club under the direction of Jake Nowak and is one of the strongest club programs in the Midwest. "Playing with some of the most talented players in the state and with quality coaching from MVC has definitely enhanced Matt's game," added Schaefer. "We have MVC club players playing for our program and we are pleased to continue that tradition."

Aussem played high school volleyball for Nicolet High School under the tutelage of Brad Kuehl, who is also the MVC club co-director. In a Knights uniform, Aussem was named North Shore Conference first team his junior and senior year. He was also named to the Wisconsin Boys Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention team as a junior and to the All-State High Honorable Mention team in his final campaign.

Aussem also competes in track and field where he has lettered three times in the pole vault.

The son of Mary and Daniel Aussem, he has been on the Dean's List every semester of high school and will pursue nursing at UW-Oshkosh.

"UW-Oshkosh is a place that I can get a quality education and continue playing the sport I love at a high level." said Aussem.

"It is no secret that UW-Oshkosh has a fantastic nursing program," stated Schaefer. "As a program we strive in helping our players balance their studies and volleyball and I think that also helped Matt in making his decision."

UW-Oshkosh has won ten national titles, including six at the highest level of collegiate club volleyball. The Titans are the three-time defending National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division I national champions.
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