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UW-Fox Valley Women's Volleyball


Season Review

On top of improvement in the win column, including two more conference wins, the Cyclones were competitive in most of their matches, putting a scare in some of the top teams in the conference and finishing just shy of reaching the semi-final in the state tournament. The Cyclones finished the regular season 8-5 and 4-2 in conference. At the state tournament UW Fox finished 7-3 in pool play just one win shy of advancing. It’s the best record the Cyclones have recorded at the state tournament since the tournament went to pool play.

Leading the way this year was sophomore Lenae Plosczynski and freshman Haley Farnum who earned 1st team all-conference, and Shannon Hihalic earned 2nd team all-conference. Lenae led the team in kills (2.8 per set). Haley led the team in assists with nearly 5.5 per set, and hitting percentage (86%). Haley was second on the team in kills (2.2) and digs (2.1). Shannon was second on the team in digs (2.1), and in hitting % with 86%, and third in kills (2.1).


Conference Players

Finishing off a strong year three Lady Cyclones were chosen for All-Conference in the East Division. First team Lenae and Haley, second team Shannon.


Wednesday game vs. UW-Fond du Lac

UW Fox Valley women’s volleyball team finished the regular season with a 4-2 conference record and 8-5 overall with a conference win to UW Fond Du Lac in three sets 25-15, 25-21, and 25-21. Haley Farnum paced UW Fox with 13 kills, while Tessa Thompson led the team with 19 assists. Shannon Milholic added 7 kills, while Farnum contributed 15 assists. Crystal Lehman, Milholic, and Farnum all led the team in digs with 10 each. The Cyclones will travel to the Wisconsin Dells this weekend for the state tournament with play starting Saturday morning.


Monday game vs. UW-Marathon

UW Fox Valley women’s volleyball team fell to 7-5 on the season with a tough loss to UW Marathon in five games. The Cyclones won the opener 27-25 before the Huskies battled back with a hard fought 29-27 victory in set two. The Cyclones bounced back to win the third set 25-18 and UW Marathon took set four 25-6. The Huyskies then defeated the Cyclones 18-16 to take the match. Haley Farnum paced UW Fox with 10 kills and 21 assists, while Lenea Plosczynksi contributed 8 kills. Carlie Lau led the team with 9 blocks, while Crystal Lehman led the team in digs with 18. Tessa Thompson dished out 19 assists and had 10 digs. The Cyclones next match is Wedensday, October 10th at home versus UW Fond Du Lac at 5:30.


Friday game vs. UW-Baraboo

The UW Fox Valley Cyclones rebounded from Wednesday’s loss to UW Marshfield by picking up a pair of wins against UW Baraboo and FVTC.

The Cyclones downed UW Baraboo in three sets by scores of 25-8, 25-12, and 25-15 before defeating the FVTC Foxes 25-6, 25-11 and 25-18 in the second game of a doubleheader.

UW Fox Valley Freshman middle hitter Carlie Lau tallied 7 kills against UW Baraboo. Sophomore Crystal Lehman kept the ball alive with 9 digs in the match, and setters Tessa Thompson and Haley Farnum handed out 27 assists each.

In the day's second match, Farnum led the offense for the Cyclones, pounding 10 kills and dishing out 16 assists. Sophomore middle hitter Lenae Plosczynski tallied 8 kills. Leading the Cyclones in digging was Crystal Lehman with 13 and Farnum with 10.

Next up for the Cyclones is a match against UW Marathon at home on Monday, October 8th at 5:00.


Monday game at UW-Sheboygan

The Cyclones defeated the UW Sheboygan Wombats in three sets to improve to 5-3 overall, and 3-2 in conference. UW Fox edged UW Sheboygan 27-25, 25-23, and 25-22 to win the match. Shannon Mihalic paced the offense with 10 kills and Haley Farnum added 8 kills. Farnum also led the team in digs with 10 and had 15 assists. Tessa Thompson helped guide the offense with 17 assists. The Cyclones next game is Wednesday, October 3rd at 5:30 at UW Marshfield.

Thank you to the faculty for allowing the volleyball athletes to leave class early for our away games. This Wednesday will be the last for the volleyball season and the bus will be leaving at 2. Thank you for your support!


Saturday game vs. UW-Richland

The Cyclones defeated the UW Richland Roadrunners in five sets to win the match to improve to 4-3 overall. UW Richland edged UW Fox in the first set 26-24. The Cyclones dominated sets two and three winning 25-13 and 25-15. The Roadrunners took set three 25-20 and the Cyclones took the fifth set 17-15 to finish the match. Haley Farnum and Tessa Thompson guided the Cyclones offense by posting 23 and 20 assists, while Lenae Plosczynski led the offense with 13 kills. Plosczynski also added 6 blocks while Haley Farnum led the defense with 17 digs. Farnum added 11 kills, while Stephanie Steiger contributed 10 kills and Crystal Lehman added 16 digs. The Cyclones next game is Monday, October 1st at 5:00 at UW Sheboygan.


Wednesday game at UW-Washington

UW Fox Valley fell to 2-2 in conference with a tough loss to UW Washington in three sets. UW Washington edged UW Fox in the first set 25-22. The Wildcats won the second set 25-13 and the third set 25-19. Lenae Ploszinski and Carli Lau paced the Cyclones with 6 kills each and Lau added 9 blocks. Haley Farnum booked 13 assists while Tessa Thompson registered 10. Crystal Lehman led the Cyclones in digs with 10 digs.


Friday game vs. Silver Lake

UW Fox Valley Cyclones ran their record to 3-2 overall after winning their match versus Silver Lake College. The Cyclones controlled the first two sets winning 25-13 and 25-10, and pulled out the third set winning 25-23. In the match, Lenae Plosczynski and Haley Farnum led the way with 9 kills each. Farnum and Tessa Thompson led the offense with 16 and 11 assists respectively. Crystal Lehman and Shannon Mihalic led the defensive charge with 8 digs each.

Up next for the Cyclones is a trip to UW Washington County on Wednesday, September 26th.


Wednesday game at UW-Waukesha

The UW Fox Valley Cyclones defeated the Waukesha Cougars in five hard fought sets (25-19, 26-28, 25-22, 27-25, 15-12). The win brings the Cyclone’s overall record to 2-2 and their conference record to 2-1. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Lenae Ploscynski with 18 kills and 3 blocks. Haley Farnum and Tessa Thompson navigated the offense with 29 and 20 assists. Crystal Lehman led the defense with 20 digs, while Carlie Lau contributed 3 blocks. Farnum also had 11 kills and 10 digs for the Cyclones. The Cyclones will play Silver Lake College at home this Friday at 5:00.


Saturday game at Marinette Invitational

The UW Fox Valley Womens's Volleyball team took 2nd place at the UW Marinette Invitational Tournament after losing to Gogebic Community College (17-25, 17-25) in the Championship. The Cyclones advanced out of pool play with a record of 5-1 defeating UW Manitowoc (25-16, 25-16), and UW Fond Du Lac (25-12, 25-21) and splitting with Gogebic College (25-11, 23-25). In the Semi-finals UW Fox defeated UW Marinette in three close sets (25-23, 20-25, 15-13). For the Tournament Lenae Plosczynski led the Cyclones offensivley with 36 kills. Haley Farnum and Tessa Thompson paced the offense with 63 and 46 assists. Farnum also contributed 21 kills, while Stephanie Steiger and Shannon Miholic each chipped in 16 kills. Crystal Lehman led the defensive charge with 40 digs and Carlie Lau led the team with 13 blocks.

The Cyclones are back in action on Monday with a conference match against UW Marinette at 5:30.


Wednesday game at UW-Manitowac

The UW Fox Valley women's volleyball team beat the UW Manitowoc Blue Devils in four sets on Wednesday night. The Cyclones won 25-16, 25-19, 23-25, and 25-11 to improve to 1-1 on the season. Shannon Miholic (neenah) recorded 10 kills and 12 digs to lead the way. Freshman Haley Farnum (Kimberly) dished put 20 assists while Tessa Thompson (Appleton West) dished out 15 for the Cyclones. Lenae Ploscynski (Little Chute) and Stephanie Steiger (Manawa) both contributed 9 kills while Crystal Lehman had 12 digs. The Cyclones will head to UW Marinette this saturday for a one day tournament.


Monday game vs. UW-Washington

UW Fox Valley volleyball struggled in their first game of the season with a loss in three sets to UW Washington 25-11, 25-19, and 25-20. Shannon Miholic led the way for the Cyclones with 8 kills, 4 blocks, and 15 digs. Carlie Lau led the team with 4 blocks. Crystal Lehman contributed 9 digs, and Haley Farnum led the way with 13 assists. The Cyclones next game is played at UW Manitowoc on Wednesday, September 12th.


Pre-season Writeup

The UW Fox Valley women’s volleyball team is gearing up for another competitive season. After finishing the 2011 regular season with a record of 10-9 the Cyclones only managed to finish 5-5 in pool play and were not able to advance in the WCC Conference Tournament. The Cyclones are looking to improve upon last season’s record and use the regular season game schedule to get ready for the post season.

‘I’m excited about this season and I am curious how this group will develop,’ Coach Natz stated. ‘What will determine our success is how well this group can work together, stay fit and healthy, and continue to improve throughout the season.’

Part of this season will be about surpassing expectations- both of others and of the team itself. If the Cyclones continue to give all out effort in practice and games, they will have a great season. The coach hopes that with determination and a hard work ethic the team will go above and beyond what is expected of

The Cyclones return only one starter from last year’s squad, middle hitter Lenae Plosczynski (Little Chute. The team welcomes Haley Farnum (Kimberly), Shannon Mihalic (Neenah), Stephanie Steiger (Manawa), Carlie Lau (Hilbert), Crystal Lehman (Marion), Kelly Miller (Kimberly), Gaby Lara (Appleton East), and Tessa Thomspon (Appleton West).

The Cyclones season opener is at home Monday, September 10th at 5:30 against UW Washington County.



Cyclone's Volleyball Season in Review

The 2011 UW Fox Valley volleyball team finished with an overall record of 10-9 and were 2-3 in conference play. At the WCC state Tournament the Cyclones finished 5-5 in pool play and were not able to advance to the semi-finals.

Alicia Proft led all hitters with her 149 kills an average of 3.6 kills per set and hitting percentage (92%). Proft also led the team at the net with her 83 total blocks an average of 2 blocks per set. Jenna Ambrosius tallied 313 set assists (7.6 per set) and led the team in serving at 97%. Claire Huelsbeck led the defense in digs with 149 (3.6 per set) and was sencond in hitting percentage at 88%.



Alicia Proft - 1st Team
Jenna Ambrosius - 2nd Team
Claire Huelsbeck - Honorable Mention