Illinois Wesleyan 2008 Volleyball Stories

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Illinois Wesleyan 2008 Preseason Information (doc)

November 19
Senior outside hitter Michele Malinowski and junior middle hitter Emily Hagen (pictured) earned honorable mention on the Division III All-American volleyball squads named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Malinowski (Shorewood, Ill., Providence Catholic HS) and Hagen (Burr Ridge, Ill., Nazareth Academy) were earlier chosen to the first team of the all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin volleyball squads. Malinowski led the Titans in 2008 with 359 kills and was second on the team with 367 defensive digs. Hagen was second on the team with 357 kills and led Wesleyan with a .298 hitting percentage and with 114 total blocks. IWU finished with an 18-17 overall record and tied for second in the league with a 5-2 mark.

November 10
Senior outside hitter Michele Malinowski and junior middle hitter Emily Hagen were chosen to the first team of the all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin volleyball squads, announced on Nov. 10. Malinowski (Shorewood, Ill., Providence Catholic HS), who was an honorable mention selection in 2007, finished sixth in kills with 2.89 per set and Hagen (Burr Ridge, Ill., Nazareth Academy) was second in the CCIW with a .363 hitting percentage and third with 3.41 kills per set. Freshman setter Stacy Hassinger (Noblesville, Ind., Westfield HS) earned honorable mention as she led the conference with 10.59 assists per set. The Titans finished 18-17 overall and tied for second in the league with a 5-2 record.

November 4
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team saw its season come to an end in a three-set loss to Augustana on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the play-in game for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament. The Vikings defeated the Titans, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22. Junior Amy VanDerVoorn (shown) led IWU (18-17) with 10 kills and had a .500 hitting percentage. Lori Johnson had eight kills and Emily Hagen added seven. Freshman Stacy Hassinger provided 33 assists and Jackie Wrobel led the team with 11 defensive digs. VanDerVoorn and senior Michele Malinowski each had 10 digs.

November 4

Illinois Wesleyan freshman outside hitter Gaby Johnson was chosen as offensive player of the week for volleyball in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Johnson (Knoxville, Iowa, Chariton HS) averaged 3.62 kills per set as the Titans went 2-1 last week. On November 1, Johnson had 20 kills with a .600 hitting percentage in a five-set win at DePauw and tallied 16 kills and achieved a .343 hitting percentage in a four-set win over Marian (Ind.). Earlier in the week Johnson had 11 kills, four digs and three blocks in a 3-1 loss to Carthage. For the week she had nine total blocks and 11 digs. The Titans host Augustana in a CCIW tournament play-in game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

November 1
Illinois Wesleyan improved to 18-16 with a pair of nonconference wins against teams in Greencastle, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 1. Illinois Wesleyan defeated Marian, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-14, then took a 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-12 over DePauw. Against Marian, Michele Malinowski had 18 kills and 11 digs, while Gaby Johnson had 16 kills. Stacy Hassinger had 54 assists and 18 digs. In the DePauw match, Johnson had 20 kills, tied for ninth most in an IWU match since 2003. Hassinger had 45 assists and 15 digs and Jackie Wrobel had 21 and 20 defensive digs in the two games, respectively. The Titans will host Augustana (20-10, 2-5 CCIW) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the play-in game for the conference tournament.

October 28

The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team fell to 16-16 overall and finished 5-2 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin as Carthage defeated the Titans in four sets on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Shirk Center. The Lady Reds won by scores of 25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 25-11 and claimed their fourth straight CCIW title. Senior Michele Malinowski had a team-high 15 kills and added 13 digs while Gaby Johnson made 11 kills and junior Amy VanDerVoorn had 10 kills and 13 digs. Junior Jackie Wrobel had 21 defensive digs and freshman setter Stacy Hassinger delivered 38 set assists and made 18 digs. The Titans will host Augustana (20-10, 2-5 CCIW) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the play-in game for the conference tournament.

October 25
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on Saturday, Oct. 25 in the Wisconsin-Whitewater Invitational at Whitewater, Wis., to finish the tourney with a 1-3 record. Grandview beat Wesleyan, 25-20, 25-18, 24-26, 26-24, before the No. 13-ranked host school handed the Titans a 25-12, 27-25, 26-24 defeat. Senior Michele Malinowski had 22 kills in the two matches to pace IWU (16-15 overall), while freshman Stacy Hassinger contributed 76 assists and junior libero Jackie Wrobel 34 digs. The Titans host No. 7 Carthage in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin match on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and will honor seniors Malinowski and Jessica Nardulli.

October 24
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team finished with a 1-1 record after the first day of the Wisconsin-Whitewater Invitational on Friday, Oct. 24. Wisconsin-Eau Claire defeated the Titans, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 24-26, 15-12, before IWU downed Coe, 19-25, 25-17, 24-26, 26-24, 15-12. Against Eau Claire, freshman Gaby Johnson had 18 kills, sophomore Lori Johnson had 12 and junior Emily Hagen added 10. Freshman Stacy Hassinger had 32 set assists and junior Amy VanDerVoorn led the team with 23 digs. Wesleyan (16-13) will play Grandview at 9 a.m. and the host school at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

October 21
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team improved to 5-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a three-set win at Augustana on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The Titans (15-12 overall) won by scores of 28-26, 25-20, 25-23, as junior Emily Hagen had 16 kills and freshman Gaby Johnson added 11. Freshman Stacy Hassinger led Wesleyan with 39 assists and junior Jackie Wrobel had 23 digs. Senior Michele Malinowski had 13 digs and Hassinger contributed 12. IWU will play next in the Wisconsin-Whitewater tournament this Friday and Saturday.

October 14
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team suffered its first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin loss as North Central downed the Titans, 25-14, 25-17, 15-25, 25-23, at Naperville on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Junior Emily Hagen paced the Titans (14-12 overall, 4-1 in the CCIW) with 13 kills, while sophomore Lori Johnson added 10 kills. Junior libero Jackie Wrobel and freshman setter Stacy Hassinger contributed 16 and 15 digs, respectively, and Hassinger had 35 assists. The Titans play next at Augustana on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

October 10-11
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team finished 2-2 in the Washington U. Invitational II in St. Louis on Oct. 10-11 and sophomore Lori Johnson was named to the all-tournament team. Johnson had team-highs of nine kills in each of the Saturday matches and had 12 kills in the win against Baldwin-Wallace. On Oct. 11, Wesleyan handled Endicott in three sets, 25-14, 25-20, 25-21, before defending national champion Washington U. topped IWU in three by scores of 25-21, 25-20, 25-10. On Oct. 10, Williams defeated Wesleyan in four sets, 25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, and then the Titans rallied back to handle Baldwin-Wallace in four sets, 25-16, 25-13, 21-25, 25-18. The Titans resume College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play at North Central on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

October 7
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team defeated Millikin in five sets by scores of 31-33, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13, at the Shirk Center on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The Titans improved to 12-9 overall and 4-0 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Emily Hagen had a team-high 20 kills with four blocks while Michele Malinowski had 19 kills and 19 digs. Lori Johnson added 11 kills and made four blocks, Stacy Hassinger contributed 57 assists, and Jackie Wrobel made a team-best 20 defensive digs.The Big Blue fell to 15-7, 3-2 in CCIW play. The Titans play this weekend in the Washington U. Invitational in St. Louis.

September 30
Illinois Wesleyan senior outside hitter Michelle Malinowski had nine kills and freshman Gaby Johnson eight in the Titans’ 26-24, 25-23, 25-18 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin volleyball victory over Elmhurst on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Shirk Center. Wesleyan improved to 11-9 overall and 3-0 in CCIW play. Freshman setter Stacy Hassinger had 29 assists for the Titans, who received 13 digs from junior Jackie Wrobel and three service aces from sophomore Lori Johnson . The Titans are idle until hosting Millikin next Tuesday, Oct. 7.

September 30
Illinois Wesleyan senior outside hitter Michelle Malinowski and freshman setter Stacy Hassinger were named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin players of the week for volleyball on Sept. 30. Malinowski had 3.35 kills per game with a .278 hitting percentage and 2.60 digs per set in five matches last week as the Titans went 4-1. She had 18 kills and a .342 hitting percentage in a five-set win at Wheaton on Sept. 23, as well as 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage in a four-set win over Wis.-Platteville. She also had 16 kills in a five-set win over Loras as Wesleyan won three of four at the Wis.-Platteville tournament. Hassinger averaged 9.7 assists and 2.25 digs per set during the week. She had 53 assists at Wheaton, and 46 against Loras. She also tallied 15 kills with a .151 hitting percentage.

September 27
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team finished with a 3-1 record in the Nike/Impact Sports Tournament at Platteville, Wis. on Sept. 26-27. The Titans improved to 10-9 this season with two wins on the final day, defeating Loras, 25-23, 16-25, 20-25, 29-27, 15-8, and topping Dubuque, 25-18, 25-13, 25-19. Freshman Gaby Johnson was selected to the all-tournament team as she had 10 kills against Loras and 11 kills vs. the Spartans. Michele Malinowski had a team-best 16 kills and Lori Johnson added 11 against Loras. Freshman Stacy Hassinger had 46 assists and 31 assists in the matches, respectively.

September 26
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team split their first two matches in the Nike/Impact Sports Tournament at Platteville, Wis. on Friday, Sept. 26. The Titans (8-9) lost to Wis.-LaCrosse in three sets, 25-20, 25-11, 25-18, then came back to defeat the host school, 25-17, 17-25, 28-26, 25-20. Senior Michele Malinowski had 12 kills and 10 digs and junior Emily Hagen had 10 kills in the win over the Pioneers. Freshman Stacy Hassinger had 36 assists and 10 digs in the four sets. IWU plays Loras at 10 a.m. and Dubuque at noon on Sept. 27 in the tourney's last day.

September 23

The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team improved to 7-8 overall and 2-0 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a five-set win at Wheaton on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The Titans won by scores of 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-11. Junior Emily Hagen and senior Michele Malinowski both had 18 kills in the victory over the Thunder (6-8, 1-1 CCIW) while freshman Gaby Johnson contributed 14 kills. Freshman Stacy Hassinger had 53 set assists and junior Jackie Wrobel made a team-high 21 defensive digs.

September 16
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team started strong and continued the momentum through the match to claim a 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 win over North Park on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Titans improved to 6-8 overall and are 1-0 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Sophomore Lori Johnson led the way with 10 kills while Emily Hagen had nine and Amy VanDerVoorn and Gaby Johnson each had seven. The Titans' hitting percentage was .420 for the match. Freshman Stacy Hassinger contributed 35 set assists and junior libero Jackie Wrobel led the defense with 15 digs. The Titans' next action is next Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Wheaton.

September 12-13
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team went 2-2 in the weekend Wisconsin-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic on September 12-13. On the tournament’s final day, IWU defeated Concordia Chicago, 25-27, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20 after losing to Concordia (Wis.) in five sets, 24-26, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-21. The Titans (5-8) tied for third in the seven-team event. Senior hitter Michele Malinowski made the all-tournament team. She had 21 kills and 18 digs in the loss to Concordia (Wis.) and 14 kills and 11 digs in the win over Concordia (Ill.). Malinowski had 10 kills to lift IWU to a 25-11, 25-18, 25-13 win over Northland College on Sept. 12. Freshman setter Stacy Hassinger provided 33 assists for the Titans’ offense. The Titans carried their winning momentum into the second match against the host school by winning the first two sets (27-25, 25-17). But Wisconsin-Oshkosh, ranked 11th in NCAA Division III, won the final three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 16-14. Junior Emily Hagen and Malinowski led the Titans’ effort with 14 kills each.

September 9
Juniors Emily Hagen and Amy VanDerVoorn and senior Jessica Nardulli combined for 18 kills to lead the Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team to a straight set 25-13, 25-14, 25-18 victory over Eureka College on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in a nonconference volleyball match at Eureka. Junior Jen Callanan had 16 assists for the Titans, who improved to 3-6. Junior Jackie Wrobel contributed eight digs, while Hagen had three blocks. The Red Devils fell to 0-9 this year.

September 6

The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team finished 2-2 in the IWU/Barker Cadillac Fall Classic at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Titans defeated Dominican, 25-10, 20-25, 25-14, 25-10 before falling to No. 10-ranked Carthage, 21-25, 13-25, 23-25. Senior Michelle Malinowski had 13 kills to lead the Titans against Dominican while freshman Stacy Hassinger added 31 assists and junior Jackie Wrobel had 20 digs in the four-game win. Against Carthage, Malinowski added 11 kills, Hassinger had 30 assists and junior Amy VanDerVoorn and Wrobel had 13 digs apiece. The Titans are now 2-6 for the season.

September 5
After downing Benedictine in four sets, the Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team fell to UW-Whitewater and stand at 1-1 after the first day of play at the IWU/Barker Cadillac Fall Classic at the Shirk Center. IWU defeated Benedictine, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17 as junior Emily Hagen had 14 kills and sophomore Lori Johnson added 13 more to pace the IWU offense. Freshman Stacy Hassinger handed out 20 assists and junior Jackie Wrobel chipped in 20 digs as the Titans picked up their first win of the year. Junior Jen Callanan dished out 16 assists but the Titans converted only 27 of 90 attack attempts in the straight set loss to UW-Whitewater, 20-25, 15-25, 18-25. Freshman Gaby Johnson was the IWU leader with eight kills.

August 30
Illinois Wesleyan junior Emily Hagen was named to the all-tournament team as the Titan volleyball team dropped two matches on Saturday, August 30 at the Comfort Inn Collonade Challenge in Birmingham, Ala. No. 3-ranked Emory defeated the Titans, 25-23, 20-25, 25-11, 24-26, 15-12, as Michele Malinowski had 11 kills and Hagen and Lori Johnson each had 10. Jen Callanan had 35 assists and Teresa Kirk and Jackie Wrobel made 16 digs each. The host school Birmingham Southern downed Wesleyan in three sets, 25-19, 25-19, 25-20. Hagen had a team-high 12 kills, Callanan had 21 assists and Kirk made 14 digs. IWU (0-4) plays in the IWU/Barker Fall Classic on Friday, Sept. 5, hosting Dominican and Wis.-Whitewater.

August 29
The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team lost their first two matches of the 2008 season, falling to Berry and West Georgia at the Comfort Inn Collonade Challenge in Birmingham, Ala. The Titans lost their opener to Berry, 22-25, 25-21, 25-27, 25-17, 15-8, as senior Michele Malinowski had 13 kills and 14 digs. Emily Hagen made 11 kills and junior Jackie Wrobel had 17 digs. Junior setter Jen Callanan issued 34 assists. The Titans then fell to West Georgia, 22-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-13. Malinowski was the lone Titan with double figure kills with 13 while Wrobel had 17 digs and Callanan had 30 assists. IWU plays No. 3-ranked Emory and host school Birmingham Southern on Saturday, August 30.

August 8
Earning 32 points, the Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team is picked fourth in the 2008 preseason College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin coaches' poll. The Titans ((20-17 last year and 3-4 in the conference) were picked behind Carthage, who got 46 points and four first place votes; Augustana with 40 points and three first place votes; and Wheaton with 34 points. IWU opens its season the weekend of August 29-30 in the Birmingham (Ala.) Southern Comfort Inn Classic, playing against Berry, Montevallo, Emory and the host school in the two-day event. IWU hosts its own tournament the weekend of Sept. 5-6 and begins league play Sept. 16 at home vs. Wheaton. Among the returners for IWU) is senior Michele Malinowski, who was an honorable mention all-CCIW performer as she was was ninth in the league in both kills per game (3.08) and hitting percentage (.255). Wesleyan will again serve as the host for the NCAA Division III national championships Nov. 20-22.

July 1

Illinois Wesleyan will open its 2008 volleyball season the weekend of August 29-30 in the Birmingham (Ala.) Southern Comfort Inn Classic. The Titans, coached by Kim Nelson-Brown, will tangle with Berry, Montevallo, Emory and the host school in the two-day event. IWU hosts its own tournament the weekend of Sept. 5-6 and begins College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play on Sept. 16 at home against Wheaton. IWU (20-17 last year and 3-4 in the conference) will again serve as the host for the NCAA Division III national championships Nov. 20-22.