Article by Jalen Perry
The women’s volleyball team is back after what many would consider a down year. Coach Paciero said that the team was in a bit of a re-building stage. The team finished with a positive win record of 15-13, and an 8-10 record in the competitive GLVC East. The team returns team MVP sophomore Jackie Langer, junior Rebecca Roembke, the team’s Most Improved Player, sophomore Lexi Turek, and junior Lauren Hickson. The team is currently off to a solid 7-4 start, with wins coming against conference foe Mizzou University S&T, and a recent sweep of then undefeated Michigan Tech University. The squad’s next home game will be November second, as they clash with conference nemesis – University of Indianapolis at seven p.m.
Two of the best teams here at UW-Parkside have always been both the women’s and men’s cross country. The teams are consistently ranked in either the top ten or twenty in the country. In fact, both teams are currently ranked in the top ten in the latest regional polls (men ranked third, women eighth). The men finished third of six teams in their first meet of the year (Flyers/Flames Invitational) and first at their second (UW-Parkside Midwest Open). The women finished fourth out of five teams during their meet at the Flyers/Flames invitational, and second of thirteen during their meet here at the UW-Parkside Midwest Open. The team’s next meet is in Minneapolis at the Roy Griak Invitational on September 26th.
The men and women’s soccer clubs have kicked off their season and they are both looking to continue their success from this past season. The men’s has begun the 2015-16 campaign with a 3-3 record, having notched shutout victories against fellow GLVC teams University of Indy, Truman State, and Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.). The team returns key players senior Antonio Gonzalez, junior Ben Kosmider, senior Elliott Schultz, and junior Ryan Shogren. Coach Jason Zitzke is now in his fifth season as head coach and is reaching nearly twenty years on the Rangers’ staff (17), and currently has 173 wins as the head man over the Parkside men’s soccer club. The men’s next home game will be on September 25th versus University of Mizzou-St. Louis at 3:30 p.m. All eyes will be on the women’s soccer team, who tied a season overall record with 18 wins, going undefeated in the regular season, sweeping through the GLVC tournament and making it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament. The Rangers lost valuable players to graduation, names such as GLVC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-GLVC member Karley Mecko, First Team All-GLVC member Niekie Pellens, First Team All-GLVC member Mallory Geurts, and GLVC Freshman of the Year Bailey Reed to transfer. But the team returns key players in Second Team All-GLVC Selection, junior Jillian Hetfleisch, sophomore Jenna Brzeski, junior Taylor Schiffer-Jander, and senior Kelly Trojak. The team also lost long-time head coach Troy Fabiano, who took his school record for wins by a soccer coach (222) to UWM. He is succeeded by Coach Brittany Nikolic, who played at Stanford University for three seasons and comes with very high coaching credentials, including turning around a down and out Alverno team into a strong DIII program and leaving as the all-time leader in wins. The team is currently 2-3-1 and already own a road win against rival University of Indianapolis. Their next home game is on September 25th against University of Mizzou-St. Louis at 1:15 p.m.