Men’s volleyball gets revenge

Brady Van Deurzen

The seventh-ranked UW Oshkosh men’s volleyball team traveled to Milwaukee on March 11 and defeated third-ranked Marquette University with set scores of 25-21, 16-25, 25-20 and 25-18, improving its record to 28-3 overall and 12-0 in conference. This matchup of National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division I top 10 teams is a rematch of two previous meetings where the Golden Eagles defeated the Titans. The victories claimed by Marquette weren’t considered conference games and with UWO’s win over Marquette, the Titans remain undefeated in the conference on their way to win its eighth straight conference championship. Senior left-side hitter Alec Redlich said they were not going to be caught unprepared again. “Honestly, because we knew Marquette would be our strongest opponent in the conference, a lot more went into preparing for our match against them,” Redlich said. “I think that everything from our practices that were geared to prepare us during the week, to the warmup before the match, to the focus we had from the very first point all contributed to our success.” Redlich said the Titans have reestablished themselves after being shocked by Marquette in the Midwest 10 Tournament. “The Midwest 10 Tournament was a wake-up call when we ruined our perfect season and lost to Marquette,” Redlich said. “From that point forward we’ve been trying hard to come together as a team and fix some of our weaknesses and I think that the win against Marquette this week shows the progress that we’ve made.” Redlich provided 13 kills, two service aces and two blocks in the Titans’ win over the Golden Eagles. Senior setter Travis Hudson was also a large contributor in the win over Marquette as he added five kills, five digs, eight blocks and 35 assists. Hudson said he thought the win was more of an overall team success and was very glad the team could perform as a whole. “[Winning] feels great; we knew we could do it, just had to put some pieces together,” Hudson said. “Not being able to play our best lineup last time hurt, but with everyone back and playing we knew our energy and feelings towards payback would help.” Senior left-side hitter Wesley Morioka provided nine kills and five digs while junior right-side hitter Allen Grunert contributed eight kills, two service aces and three blocks. Hudson said the Titans can learn a lot from their season and believes the Titans’ season could have been better. “I think the season went pretty well,” Hudson said. “Not as good as we hoped, but besides the couple losses it was a good season.” Head coach Brian Schaefer said the Titans have the conference title pretty much locked up. “We have a two match lead in the conference,” Schaefer said. “So we are almost guaranteed to win our eighth straight to WVC championships because we won’t have two teams that will beat us.”