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Dustin Stueck to Become a Titan (10-23-18)
Dustin Stueck, a Libero / Defensive Specialist from Winneconne, WI, has recently decided to become a Titan and join the program next Fall as part of the 2023 recruiting class, according to Head Coach Will Brydon. Dustin is the first commitment for that class and is set to join the perennial powerhouse program during the 2019-20 school year.

Dustin is a product of Winneconne High School, which unfortunately does not have its own volleyball program. Dustin has not let that discourage him, though, and has stayed involved in his high school’s women’s volleyball program by serving as the team manager for all four years. He also plays club volleyball for Wisconsin Volleyball Academy, under the direction of Jon Ellmann and B.J. Bryant, where he was most recently coached by Tom Larson and Samuel Moua.

While at UW-Oshkosh, Dustin plans to major in Business Management with a minor in Sociology. He is the son of Craig Stueck and Lisa Larson.

“I had the pleasure of working with Dustin when I served as the Varsity Girls Volleyball coach at Winneconne High School. He impressed me with his work ethic and genuine love for the game, and I always hoped I would have the chance to personally coach him,” added Coach Brydon. “With his commitment to our program, I am happy to have the opportunity to help him grow his skills at the next level, and I know he will continue to push our program to new heights with the rest of his class.”

When asked about why he chose UWO, Dustin replied, “I chose Oshkosh because I wanted to stay close to home while still getting a good education. I also chose to play at Oshkosh because I know a lot of the players / coaches and knew they had a good work ethic and team/family atmosphere, and I wanted to be a part of a winning program.”

The Titans most recently captured back-to-back-to-back NCVF Division 1 National Championships in 2014, 2015, and 2016 while securing a 3rd place finish last season at the Division 3 level. They will once again look to reclaim multiple national titles when they compete at this year’s championships, which will be held in Denver, Colorado.
UW-Oshkosh II Takes Third in the Nation; Four Named All-Americans (4-16-18)
The UW-Oshkosh II men’s volleyball team reached the semifinal round of the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division III tournament held Thursday through Saturday (April 12-14) in St. Louis, Missouri. The Titans went 7-1 to finish third out of 48 teams in the three-day event.

UW-Oshkosh II (42-9), ranked #7 to start the tournament dominated Rutgers University – New Brunswick II, 25-14, 25-12, dismantling Michigan State University II, 25-13, 25-19 and beat #22 Utah Valley University II, 25-18, 25-22 to finish 3-0 in their opening pool.

In the three matches UW-Oshkosh II was led by Stephen Seaman (So. – Muskego) with 25 kills while adding 23 digs and seven service aces. Ryan Albers (Sr. – Appleton) dished out 71 assists and collected 18 digs, four service aces and seven blocks and Quinn Arndt (So. – Muskego) led the team with 43 digs and provided four service aces.

Matt Aussem (Fr. – Glendate) totaled 23 kills, Reed Bogrand (So. – Mukwonago) added 17 kills and a team leading nine blocks and Steve Cotton (Sr. – Muskego) had 13 kills and seven blocks. Joey Mack (Jr. – Muskego) had 13 kills and six blocks and Eli Miller (Jr. – Burlington) scooped up 18 digs and had five service aces.

On Friday, UW-Oshkosh II swept the University of Missouri II, 25-15, 25-21 and prevailed over rival #10 Penn State University II, 25-14, 25-16 in dominating fashion to advance to the Gold Bracket on Saturday.

Against the Tigers the left side hitting duo of Aussem and Seaman shined in collecting 11 kills each; while Seaman added eight digs and three service aces. Miller provided seven digs and two service aces and Albers had 28 assists and two blocks. Bogrand had three blocks and four kills and Arndt had 13 digs.

The Titans offense roared in the win over the Nittany Lions as the Titans had 31 kills in the match to go along with 38 digs and 11 blocks. Aussem led UW-Oshkosh II with 14 kills on a .545 hitting percentage. Seaman provided 11 kills and eight digs and Arndt tallied 21 digs.

Albers had 28 of the Titans 29 assists and added four blocks and Bogrand provided six kills and five blocks. Mack tallied four kills and two blocks, Cotton had six kills and Miller had nine digs and two service aces. The Titans passed extremely well that led to a .468 team hitting percentage.

In the single elimination gold bracket on Saturday UW-Oshkosh II survived an opening round scare against #21 James Madison University II, 25-15, 23-25, 18-16 and then beat #2 Indiana University II for the third time this season, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12 to advance to the semifinals.

Aussem had 15 kills against the Dukes to lead the Titans. Arndt had 23 digs and Albers dished out 37 assists. Bogrand provided five blocks and Miller had three service aces.

Seaman came up big against the Hoosiers with 17 kills and 12 digs. Albers ran the offense with 35 assists and added three blocks and eight digs and Cotton had seven kills and three blocks. Arndt had 18 digs, followed by Miller with 11 saves. Mack pitched in five kills and four blocks and Bogrand had three solo stuffs.

In the semifinals against #6 Ohio State University II, UW-Oshkosh II ran out of gas in a 25-20, 25-22 defeat. Bogrand led the team with five kills and added three blocks. Arndt topped the team with 13 digs and Seaman had nine kills and seven digs.

UW-Oshkosh II was well represented on the NCVF Division III All-American team with Arndt leading the way being named to the First-Team. Albers was selected to the second team and Bogrand and Seaman were each named to the honorable mention squad. Arndt previously was an honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2017 when he was a member of the UW-Oshkosh III team.

“I am proud of the way the team came together this past weekend,” said head coach Alex Harty. “The guys were able to have a special season even with eight new faces on the team. The team upheld the great tradition of UW-Oshkosh volleyball and had a great nationals finish. It was a pleasure coaching such a great group of volleyball players and people.”
Titans Take Ninth at Nationals; Davies and Nordel Named All-Americans (4-16-18)
The UW-Oshkosh men’s volleyball team took ninth place at the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division I national championship held Thursday through Saturday (April 12-14) in St. Louis, Mo. With their finish the Titans reached the Gold Division of the tournament for the 15th time in the last 16 years.

UW-Oshkosh (39-12) entered the tournament ranked #11 in the 48-team event. The Titans took first place in their opening pool by defeating James Madison University (Va.), 26-24, 25-22, Ohio State University, 27-25, 25-14 and #14 University of California – San Diego, 25-21, 25-22.

Against James Madison University, UW-Oshkosh survived seven missed serves and four hitting errors to claw out the first set. The Titans trailed 17-12 and faced two set points before taking the two point victory. Inching ahead 11-7 in set two, UW-Oshkosh maintained at least a four-point lead until the Dukes ran three straight points to close to within 24-22. The Titans ended the match on a serving error.

Brandon Schmidt (Gr. – Kaukauna) led the Titans with 10 kills on 14 attempts. Matt Pedersen (Jr. – Muskego) provided 25 assists, Jake Martin (Jr. – New Lenox, Ill.) piled up 10 digs and Peter Nordel (Sr. – Torrance, Calif.) had six kills and three blocks. John Collins (Jr. – New Berlin) slammed down six kills and Sam Moua (Sr. – Appleton) picked up five digs.

Following the lead of their opening match, UW-Oshkosh battled back from an opening set deficit to pull out a win over Ohio State University. The Titans fell behind early and were down 22-18 and 24-22 before the Titans got a block by Collins and then Pedersen to pull even. A hitting error by the Buckeyes and then a kill by Collins finished the set.

The Titans had 15 kills to dominate the second set. In an evenly distributed offensive affair, Nate Leitermann (Sr. – Brookfield) and Nick Davies (So. – Waukesha) each had seven kills, Schmidt added six kills and Nordel had five put aways. Matt Pedersen dished out 26 assists and had four blocks, Martin dialed up eight digs and Moua connected on six digs. Sammy Pedersen (Sr. – Muskego) led the team with three service aces, Leitermann topped the team with five blocks and Matt Pedersen added four blocks.

UW-Oshkosh controlled the match against the University California – San Diego behind 37 total kills and 31 digs. Davies led the team with 11 kills and Schmidt had eight on 11 errorless attempts. Matt Pedersen led the offense with 23 assists and Nordel had five kills and four blocks. Collins amassed six kills and Martin and Moua each had seven digs.

The Titans fell to #22 Purdue University (Ind.), 17-25, 25-19, 15-9 to open power pool action on Friday. After a strong offensive showing in set one, the Titans struggled to put the ball away in the defeat and only had two service aces.
Davies led the team with 14 kills followed by Schmidt with 11. Pedersen had 30 assists and Nordel led the team with six blocks. Martin had nine digs and Davies added five blocks.

Earlier during the day Liberty University (Va.) defeated Purdue University giving the Titans the opportunity to take first in the pool if they could beat the Eagles in straight sets. The Titans did just that by defeating Liberty University, 26-24, 25-16 behind clutch play in the opening set.

Davies led the Titans with 11 kills on 15 attempts and Matt Pedersen piled up 27 assists. Schmidt had eight kills and Martin reached double-digit digs with 10 saves. Davies added three blocks and Moua had six digs.

In the opening round of single elimination action on Saturday, the Titans fell behind early in the opening set and this time could not complete the comeback in falling 25-23 against Penn University (Pa.). The Titans rebounded by winning the second set 25-22 before losing 15-12 in the deciding stanza. Against the defensively strong Quarters, the Titans fell behind 11-7 and 13-9 before mounting a comeback in the third set. Serving at 14-12, the match ended on a kill by Penn University.

Davies led the team with 14 kills, Schmidt had 11 kills and Leitermann added seven put aways. Pedersen amassed 30 assists and Nordel had six blocks. Collins added five kills and Martin had nine digs. The Titans were hampered in the match with 17 hitting errors and nine serving errors.

Since the Titans reached their first Division I Gold Division bracket in 2003, the Titans have claimed six Division I national titles (2006, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016), two runner-up finishes (2005, 2009), two third-place finishes (2012, 2013), three fifth-place results (2003, 2004, 2017) and two ninth-place finishes (2010, 2018) become the most consistent program at the highest level of collegiate club volleyball. UW-Oshkosh was the only NCAA Division III school in the 2018 Division I tournament.

Davies and Nordel each claimed NCVF Division I honorable mention All-America honors. Nordel was also named honorable mention last season and the award for Davies was the first of his career.

“While national titles remain the goal for the team, this group did an extraordinary job overcoming obstacles to reach this elite stage,” said head coach Will Brydon. “In a year where the national tournament saw many top-ranked teams fail to reach the Gold Bracket, the team should be very proud of how it finished. Nothing in this sport is guaranteed, and I am proud of how this team fought to give themselves a title shot on the final day of competition. We found ourselves up against the wall in several spots during the first two days of competition, but the resiliency and heart of this group never wavered.”

“It was a privilege to coach such outstanding young men in Peter, Sam and Sammy,” added Brydon when asked about the departing seniors. “Their leadership in the program is invaluable, and I am proud of the players and people they have become. It was an honor to share the experience with them and I know the future holds great things for each of them.”
Dodge and Conlon Named All-WVC Division II All-Conference (4-10-18)
The UW-Oshkosh III team had two members named to the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Division II All-Conference team that was announced on Saturday (April 7) at the WVC State Championship in Menomonee Falls.

Freshmen Nate Dodge (Dousman) was named to the All-WVC First Team and Isaac Conlon (Waukesha) was selected to the honorable mention squad. Dodge was a six-rotation left side hitter and Conlon provided effective offense and blocking as a right side hitter this season.

UW-Oshkosh III placed third in the WVC Division II regular season behind UW-Oshkosh II and UW-Stevens Point. The Titans fell to the Pointers 26-24, 26-24 in the quarterfinals of the State Championships. In 2016 and 2017, the UW-Oshkosh III team lost to UW-Oshkosh II in the championship match.
Four Titans Named to WVC Division II First-Team (4-10-18)
Fueled by a regular season first-place finish for the 16th straight year in the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference, the UW-Oshkosh II men’s volleyball team was well represented on the All-Conference team that was announced on Saturday (April 7) at the WVC State Championship in Menomonee Falls.

Steve Seaman (So. – Muskego) repeated on the All-WVC First Team for the second straight season. Ryan Albers (Sr. – Appleton), Matt Aussem (Fr. – Glendale) and Steve Cotton (Sr. – Muskego) were all named to the First Team for the first time in leading the Titans.

Seaman played as a six-rotation left side hitter and Aussem complemented him in the same position. Albers, battling injury all season, led the Titans offense from the setter’s position and Cotton split time both as a middle blocker and right side hitter.

UW-Oshkosh II also claimed the WVC Division II State Championship for the ninth straight season beating UW-Eau Claire II, 25-14, 24-26, 17-15 in the championship match.
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