Kids Club
Article Image
The 2012 team poses on the steps of the state capitol
Courtesy: Drake Athletics

Bulldogs Open 2012 Season at Wisconsin-Green Bay Tournament

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: August 22, 2012
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
RELATED LINKS

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Fri, Aug 24      Wis.-Green Bay       1:30 p.m.
Sat, Aug 25     Auburn                  10:00 a.m.
Sat, Aug 25     Central Michigan    4:30 p.m.

QUICK HITS

The Drake volleyball team will start the 2012 season at the Wisconsin-Green Bay tournament and face the host in their first match Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Two matches against Auburn and Central Michigan on Saturday, Aug. 25 will close out the tournament for Drake.

Wisconsin-Green Bay

Drake is 6-2 all-time against Green Bay beating the Phoenix, 3-0 in their last matchup in 2008. Green Bay finished 11-18 in 2011 and returns five starters.

Auburn

Drake is 0-1 all-time against Auburn University as the Bulldogs fell 3-1 to the Tigers at the 2000 Colorado State tournament. Auburn finished 11-19 in 2011 and returns five starters.

Central Michigan

Drake is 0-3 all-time against Central Michigan. The Chippewas return five starters from last season's team that qualified for the NCAA tournament.

THE BULLDOGS IN 2012

Second-year head coach Tony Sunga will have a young but talented team in 2012. Drake welcomes seven newcomers to the program and they join six returning players for a total of 13. The Bulldogs will face a strong schedule this season with seven opponents that qualified for the 2011 NCAA tournament.

ATTACK

Senior Bentley Mancini (Burnsville, Minn.) will lead the Bulldogs attack this season. The Minnesota native enters her senior season with significant experience from the previous two seasons with 15 starts and 236 kills in 2011.

Fellow senior Jadranka Tramosljanin (Ruma, Serbia) will once again provide help between the front and back rows. Amanda Platte (Mount Vernon, Iowa) came on late in 2011 and this season the sophomore will have an increased role for the blue and white.

Emily Heffernen and Michelle Reidy graduated from a year ago and their presence in the middle will be missed, but a young and talented group of five is ready to fill their void. Sophomore Erin Roggenburg (Ankeny, Iowa) and freshmen Katie Dulek (Lenexa, Kan.) and Cassie Effken (Lincoln, Neb.) have stood out early and each will see significant playing time this weekend. All three played for highly successful high school programs. Roggenburg helped Ankeny win back-to-back state titles, Dulek was a four-time high school state champion in Kansas and Effken helped her Nebraska high school win the state title her senior season. Freshmen Katie Allen (Mokena, Ill.) and Shelby Daum (Battle Creek, Neb.) will provide depth at the position.

SETTER

Sophomore Halli Meyer (Bettendorf, Iowa) steps into the setter role after the graduation of Caitlin Johnson. Meyer saw time in 14 matches her freshman season and was elected to the team's leadership council for 2012. Freshman Rebecca Brown (Bentonville, Ark.) will backup Meyer. She also comes from a successful high school program that captured two Arkansas state titles.

 
DEFENSE

Tramoslijanin and junior Sarah Madden (Van Meter, Iowa) both enter their second season at Drake and will anchor the back row. Scarlett Howerter (Lincoln, Neb.) teamed with Effken her senior season of high school in Nebraska and will provide depth in the back row.

SCHEDULE

The Bulldogs start the season with three non-conference tournaments, traveling to two states for nine total matches. Drake goes north to the Wisconsin-Green Bay tournament this weekend to face Wisconsin-Green Bay, Auburn and Central Michigan. Central Michigan qualified for the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Next will be a trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico with matches against New Mexico State, Northwestern and Cincinnati. The Bearcats advanced to the second round of the tournament in 2011.

The final tournament will take the Bulldogs back to Wisconsin for the InnTowner Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin. After an opening match against the Badgers, the Bulldogs will close the tournament with matches against Wisconsin Milwaukee and North Dakota State, which both earned NCAA tournament berths last season. Drake's final two non-conference matches will be at Nebraska Omaha on Sept. 21 and a second match against North Dakota State, Oct. 15, in Fargo, N.D.

The Missouri Valley Conference will be strong once again, coming off a historic season that saw three teams qualify for the NCAA tournament. Two of those qualifiers, Wichita State and Missouri State will travel to the Knapp Center to open conference play on September 14 and 15, respectively. Northern Iowa was the other qualifier and Drake will host the Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 6.  

DRAKE PICKED TENTH
Drake was picked to finish tenth in the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll conducted by league coaches. Northern Iowa captured all 10 first-place votes to top the voting with 100 points.

2012 LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

This season the Bulldogs will have a leadership council with Bentley Mancini as the designated senior class member, Sarah Madden as the designated junior class member and Halli Meyer as the sophomore class member.

TIME IS NOW

The Bulldogs will have a young team in 2012 with ten freshmen and sophomores on the roster.

BULLDOG VISION
EXCLUSIVE LIVE & ON-DEMAND AUDIO & VIDEO
Presented by Mercy
Launch Bulldog Vision |  LOGIN ▾
Member Login
Password
JOIN NOW
Advertisement
Online Store
Tickets
Donate
Spike's Army