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Milligan to Become a Titan (5-15-16)
Bryan Milligan, a 6-2 middle blocker from Kenosha, Wisconsin has decided to continue his education at UW-Oshkosh and play volleyball for the Titans announced head coach Brian Schaefer.

Milligan joins a long list of current and former players that have come from Southport Volleyball Club directed by Brian Sharkey and is coached by Chris Allen.

Milligan attends Lakeview Technology Academy and played for Kenosha Indian Trail High School. Coached by Sharkey, last fall the Hawks advanced to the WIAA state tournament after winning the Southwest Conference Tournament and beating Kenosha Tremper High School and then Westosha Central High School in five sets in the sectional final.

Bryan is the son of Judy and Bill Milligan and will study business management at UW-Oshkosh.

"I enjoyed my visit to the campus and feel it is the perfect size school for me." said Milligan. "Everybody was very friendly and UW-Oshkosh has a well known volleyball program along with a good business management program."

Milligan played three years of varsity volleyball and two years of varsity basketball at Indian Trail High School. He served as the Hawks captain his senior year of volleyball.
UW-Oshkosh's Hudson to Tryout for US National Pan Am Games (5-9-16)
Travis Hudson, a 6-6 setter on the UW-Oshkosh men's volleyball team will travel to California to tryout for the US National Pan Am team this week announced head coach Brian Schaefer.

Hudson, the reigning three-time National Collegiate Volleyball Federation most valuable player is the only collegiate club player competing in the tryouts. Hudson led the Titans to NCVF Division I titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and will return next season as the team tries to capture their fourth straight national championship.

Hudson will hit the gym on Tuesday, May 10th with morning workouts and practice in the afternoon. The tryout will conclude on Wednesday, May 18th with 14 spots up for grabs. If selected, Hudson and the team will depart for Culican, Mexico to compete from May 21st-26th.

"I have been asked multiple times by coaches, former players and random people how did you get him to come to UW-Oshkosh," said Schaefer. "I usually respond by saying he wasn't that good when he got here. All jokes aside, this chance he has earned has come about because of his dedication in the classroom, the weight room and in practice. Most people only see one side of Travis and that is when he is on the court. I am also lucky to get to see him as a person that cares deeply about his teammates, his coaches and the volleyball program at UW-Oshkosh."

Coaching the team is two-time Olympic coach and 2008 gold medal winner Ron Larsen. Assisting Larsen are West Valley College head coach Armen Zakarian and 2008 Olympic Gold medalist and current Pepperdine University assistant coach Sean Rooney.

"I'm taking a huge step forward in my volleyball career", said Hudson. "I can only hope things go well and show them what a guy from a club program can do on the national level. I would like to thank my professors, my coaches Brian Schaefer and Tim Weis and UW-Oshkosh for giving me this opportunity."
UW-Oshkosh II Reaches Quarterfinals of NCVF Division III Championship (4-10-16)
The UW-Oshkosh II men's volleyball team reached the gold bracket of the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division III championship for the 12th straight season on Thursday-Saturday (April 9-11) in Louisville, Kentucky.

UW-Oshkosh II (36-8) started off the tournament in pool play with a 25-14, 25-18 win over Texas State University II and a 25-20, 25-10 victory over The Ohio State University.

Michael Starzec (Sr. - Buffalo Grove, Ill.) led the team in the opening match with eight kills and two blocks and Tony Mack (Jr. - Muskego) added seven kills and a team high seven digs. Jake Martin (Fr. - New Lenox, Ill.) and Alex Harty (Jr. - Racine) each had four digs and Mitch Lahmann (Sr. - Wauwatosa) added two service aces.

Adam Landgrad (Sr. - Kenosha) dished out 24 assists and added two service aces Braeden Melton (Sr. - Beloit) had four kills and two blocks.

Mack led the team with nine kills against the Buckeyes and Landgraf distributed 23 assists. Martin tallied six digs, Melton had six kills and three blocks and Steve Cotton (Jr. - Muskego) had two service aces. The Titans did not have a receiving error in the match.

In Friday's action the UW-Oshkosh advanced to the gold bracket after beating the University of Maryland II 25-16, 25-21 and losing to Indiana University 17-25, 25-23, 18-16.

Lahmann led the Titans against the Terrapins with eight kills. Melton added five kills and four blocks, Landgraf had 15 assists and four blocks, Harty had 11 digs and Starzec had four blocks.

UW-Oshkosh II could not overcome an injury in the second set to Lahmann in the loss to the Hoosiers. Mack tallied 12 kills and Starzec added 11 as the Titans had 39 kills in the match. John Collins (Fr. - New Berlin) added six kills and Melton had five kills and two blocks. Landgraf ran the offense with 35 assists and amassed nine digs.

The Titans scooped up 38 digs in the match as Harty had nine digs, Mack seven and Martin and Lahmann each had five. Mack had two service aces.

In the first round of the 16-team gold bracket the Titans slipped by Penn State University, a team they beat in last year's semifinals, 25-23, 25-21. Mack and Starzec led the Titans offensively again with seven kills. Melton led the team with five blocks and Landgraf, Starzec and Zach Tazalla (Jr. - Whitefish Bay) each had three stuffs. Landgraf provided 20 assists, Collins had four kills and Harty had six kills.

After winning the first set against California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo II, UW-Oshkosh II struggles offensively in a 22-25, 25-18, 15-7 loss to end their season. Starzec led the Titans with 10 kills, Mack added eight kills and Landgraf dished out 23 assists. Harty dialed up 10 digs and Martin provided six digs.

The Titans had two NCVF Division III Honorable Mention All-Americans named after the tournament. Mack, a 6-3 six rotation left side hitter was previously named a WVC Division II First-Team All-Conference selection after leading the league in hitting percentage. He was a starting member of the Titans Division I national championship team after transferring from Cardinal Stritch University in 2015.

“I have said numerous times that Tony is one of the hardest working guys on our team not only on the court, but also in the classroom,” said program head coach Brian Schaefer. “He is a tremendous teammate and player and very deserving of this award.”

Starzec, a 6-7 middle blocker was tough to beat all year both offensively and defensively. He was very effective running plays both in front and behind the setter and his tough blocking at the net caused havoc for the Titans’ opponents all season. Starzec was a WVC Division II First-Team All-Conference honoree this year and like Mack, was a member of the Titans Division I national championship team last season.

“Mike put a lot of time and energy waiting to get his shot as a starter in our program” added Schaefer. “He is a great player, teammate and brought a lot of energy to the team all season. He was a captain for a reason and without his presence on the court the Division II team would not have accomplished such great things all year.”
UW-Oshkosh II Wins 14th Straight WVC Division II Regular Season Title (4-2-16)
The UW-Oshkosh II men's volleyball team captured the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Division II regular season title for a historic 14th straight year by going 3-1 during the WVC state championship to finish up the conference slate. The Titans went 13-1 during the regular season to take the crown by one match over UW-Oshkosh III.

The Titans beat Carroll University 25-13, 25-23, Maranatha Baptist University 25-8, 25-14 and Carroll University II 25-10, 25-11 to guarantee themselves first place before losing to UW-Oshkosh III 19-25, 25-19, 15-10 in the regular season finale.

John Collins (Fr. - New Berlin), Tony Mack (Jr. - Muskego) and Michael Starzec (Sr. - Buffalo Grove, Ill.) led the Titans against Carroll University with five kills each. Adam Landgraf (Sr. - Kenosha) dished out 19 assists and led the team with seven digs. Alex Harty (Jr. - Racine) added six digs and Zach Tazalla (Sr. - Whitefish Bay) provided five digs.

In the win over Maranatha Baptist University, Mack slammed down eight kills and Mitch Lahmann (Sr. - Wauwatosa) tallied five service aces. Landgraf dialed up 17 assists and two blocks and Braeden Melton (Sr. - Beloit) had two blocks.

Nine Titans had two or more kills in the win over Carroll University II. Landgraf dished out 19 assists, Mack had five service aces and Collins had four as the Titans had 12 service aces in the match.

UW-Oshkosh II was led by Mack with 11 kills against UW-Oshkosh III. Landgraf ran the offensive with 32 assists and seven digs and Harty had 14 digs. Melton had seven blocks and Tazalla had six kills, four digs and two blocks.

UW-Oshkosh III Finishes Fifth in the Country (4-10-16)
The UW-Oshkosh III took full advantage of their first trip to the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division III tournament by going 6-1 and taking fifth place in the 48-team tournament Thursday-Saturday (April 7-9) in Louisville. The Titans only loss was to the eventual national champions and they beat the team that took second place.

UW-Oshkosh III started the tournament as the 18th seed after an impressive regular season and Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Division II state championship where they took second place.

The Titans dominated the University of West Virginia II 25-15, 25-15 and Grand Valley State University II 25-18, 25-18 before upsetting seventh seed University of Missouri II 25-23, 25-18 to take first place in their opening pool on Thursday.

UW-Oshkosh III was led by the left side hitting duo of Mike Skora (Fr. – Salem) and Alex Basting (Fr. – Franklin) who had 10 kills on 13 attempts and eight kills on 12 attempts respectively against the Mountaineers. Matt Pedersen (Fr. – Muskego) dished out 26 assists, Andrew Shea (Jr. – Brookfield) had four kills, Joe Kuchler (Jr. – Muskego) led the team with five digs and David Edelmann (So. – Belleville, Ill.) added four digs. Skora led the team with four service aces.

In the win over the Lakers, Basting had nine kills and Sam Nelson (Fr. – Luck) had five kills and four blocks. Pedersen amassed 17 assists, three blocks and two service aces and Kuchler had four digs. The Titans had eight blocks in the match.

Skora and Basting led the Titans with 11 kills on 21 attempts and nine kills on 18 attempts; respectively against the Tigers. Kuchler had seven digs and Danny Mirda (Jr. – Brookfield) added five digs and one service ace.

Nelson added three blocks and Pedersen had 25 assists and three blocks. The Titans passed extremely well in the match as they did not have a receiving error. Despite the loss the Tigers went on to finish as runner-ups at the national championship.

“The University of Missouri II was a very good team, and after their finish we knew we were one of the best teams here,” said head coach Kurt Breier.

As the number one seed in their pool on Friday the Titans took care of business beating Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Division II rival Marquette University II 25-15, 25-18 and Virginia Tech University II 26-24, 23-25, 15-9 to remain undefeated in the tournament at that point.

Skora had an outstanding match against the Golden Eagles slamming down 10 kills on 12 attempts and adding three blocks. Basting provided eight kills, four digs and three service aces and Nelson had four blocks. Pedersen distributed 22 assists and had two blocks and Kuchler had five digs.

In the win over the Hokies, Kuchler scooped up 16 digs and had one service ace. Basting led the team with 11 kills and Skora added 10 as the Titans had 34 kills in the match. Pedersen dished out 29 helpers and Tony D’Acquisto (Fr. – Franklin) had three blocks, including two solo stuffs.

After winning the pool the Titans advanced to the 16-team gold bracket of the tournament on Saturday. In the opening round UW-Oshkosh III dispatched Florida State University 25-17, 25-19 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Skora led the team with nine kills on 16 errorless attempts and Nelson provided six kills and four blocks. Kuchler totaled four service aces and Pedersen had 21 assists.

The Titans ended their season with a 25-21, 25-15 setback to eventual national champion University of Arizona II, a perennial national power in the NCVF Division III. The Titans struggled offensively with 16 hitting errors. Kuchler recorded five digs, Nelson had two blocks and Skora led the team with seven kills.

“We had an overall great three days but unfortunately we did not play our best in the last match,” said Breier. “Our freshmen played solid all weekend, especially our outside hitters and it was one of the best years in UW-Oshkosh III history. I am proud on how they played and the future for these young players is very bright.”

Skora and Kuchler were named NCVF Division III honorable mention All-American at the conclusion of the season. Kuchler was a passing and defensive juggernaut, and Skora brought unprecedented offensive firepower for the Titans’ UW-Oshkosh III team that set new team standards in 2016.

Kuchler led the WVC Division II in digs per set and was the stability in the backcourt the Titans needed to be successful this season.

“Joe would be the starting libero for most teams not only in the NCVF Division III, but many other higher divisions in the nation,” said program head coach Brian Schaefer. “He is an intense individual that led a freshmen heavy starting line-up at the national tournament that turned a lot of heads. He is another captain on our team that demonstrated what to do as a UW-Oshkosh student-athlete in matches, in practice and in the classroom.”

Skora, a 6-3 six rotation left side hitter immediately made an impact for the Titans this season. A WVC Division II First-Team All-Conference selection, he led the WVC Division II in both kills per set and service aces per set and had 60 kills (4.00 per set) at the national championships.

“The experience that Mike gained this year as the UW-Oshkosh III go-to-hitter will be invaluable for him in the future,” assessed Schaefer. “He has no fear as a player and has a heavy arm, solid block and very good ball control. He has a bright future in a Titans uniform and the award is a great way to start off his career.”

UW-Oshkosh III finished with a 25-8 record with all but two of their losses coming to either Division I teams or teams ranked in the top five in the NCFV Division III.
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