Delgadillo Named To All-America Team
Six WIAC women's volleyball players have been named to the 2003 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Team.
UW-River Falls' Melissa Tvrdik and UW-Eau Claire's Brooke Wozniak-Schmidt were named to the first team, while UW-Oshkosh's Amanda Delgadillo (Sr. • West Allis) and UW-La Crosse's Elissa Hansen earned second team honors. UW-River Falls' Krystle Brune and UW-La Crosse's Tanya Foldy were third team choices.
Tvrdik, a senior middle hitter, earned All-America honors for the second straight season after claiming second team accolades a year ago. She ranks second on UW-River Falls' all-time list with a .325 career hitting percentage, third with 1,191 career kills and fifth with 2,648 career attempts. Tvrdik was named the league's player of the year this season after ranking third in the conference with a .347 hitting percentage and 11th with 3.17 kills per contest. She also registered double-digits in kills in 30-of-39 matches in 2003.
Wozniak-Schmidt, a senior middle blocker, is UW-Eau Claire's all-time leader with 367 career blocks, while ranking fifth with 1,298 career kills and sixth with a .315 career hitting percentage. She led the conference with a .371 hitting percentage this year, while placing fourth with 3.63 kills per game and fifth with 1.15 blocks per contest.
Delgadillo, an outside hitter, started all 38 matches and played in all 139 games for the Titans this past season. She led the WIAC in kills per game with an average of 4.35 while ranking second in digs per game at 4.71 and fifth in service aces per game at 0.56. Delgadillo also hit .259 for UW-Oshkosh this past year with 655 digs, 604 kills, 78 service aces, 49 blocks and 45 assists. Her 604 kills tied the fifth-highest count in WIAC history. Delgadillo was named to three all-tournament teams in 2003, including most valuable player at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) Invitational.
Hansen, a senior outside hitter, became the fourth UW-La Crosse player in school history to have 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, finishing with 1,228 kills and 1,454 digs. She ranked fifth in the conference with 0.56 service aces per game and sixth with 3.34 kills per contest. Hansen's 457 kills this year ranked fourth on the school's single-season list.
Brune, a senior outside hitter, established a school single-season record with 1,456 kill attempts this season and also tops the school's all-time chart with 531 career games played, 1,707 career kills and 4,874 career kill attempts. She ranked fifth in the league with 3.56 kills per contest during the 2003 campaign and finished with double-digits in kills in 27 of the team's 41 matches.
Foldy, a sophomore setter, set a single-season school record with 1,641 assists this year, breaking Megan Eklund's record of 1,437 set in 1998. She ranks second on the school's all-time list with 3,044 career assists. Foldy played in 140 games this season and ranked third in the league with 11.72 assists per game.
UW-Whitewater's Megan Kay and Michelle Stanislawski received honorable mention to the All-America squad. Kay is a senior middle blocker, while Stanislawski is a junior setter for the Warhawks.
UW-Oshkosh recorded its fifth straight 20-win season in 2003, going 29-9.
Delgadillo Earns All-Region Honor
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named UW-Oshkosh outside hitter Amanda Delgadillo (Sr. • West Allis) to its 2003 NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region Women's Volleyball Team.
Delgadillo, a first-time honoree, was joined on the 12-member first team by Mary Welk of Dominican University (Ill.), Lisa Denman of Elmhurst College (Ill.), Beth Crowley of Illinois Wesleyan University, Monica Draeger of Lakeland College, Brooke Wozniak-Schmidt of UW-Eau Claire, Tanya Foldy and Elissa Hansen of UW-La Crosse, Krystle Brune and Melissa Tvrdik of UW-River Falls and Megan Kay and Michelle Stanislawski of UW-Whitewater.
WIAC players receiving honorable mention recognition were UW-Eau Claire's Becca Carstensen, UW-La Crosse's Rachel Kreuser and UW-River Falls' Nina Petersen.
The AVCA also cited UW-Platteville's Dana Alf as its Midwest Region Freshman Player of the Year and UW-La Crosse head coach Sheila Perkins as its Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
Delgadillo started all 38 matches and played in all 139 games for the Titans this past season. She led the WIAC in kills per game with an average of 4.35 while ranking second in digs per game at 4.71 and fifth in service aces per game at 0.56. Delgadillo hit .259 for UW-Oshkosh this past year with 655 digs, 604 kills, 78 service aces, 49 blocks and 45 assists. Her 604 kills tied the fifth-highest count in WIAC history. Delgadillo was named to three all-tournament teams in 2003, including most valuable player at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) Invitational.
WIAC Cites Four Titans
Titans Finish Fourth In WIAC Tournament
After registering 20-plus wins for the ninth time in 10 seasons a year ago, the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team is armed and ready to enjoy another successful campaign in 2003.
Last year, competing without a senior on its roster, UW-Oshkosh posted a 20-16 record and placed fifth in the WIAC with a 4-4 mark. The Titans played extremely well during the second half of the season as they won 11 of their last 15 matches.
"Our players gained valuable experience last season by competing against 11 nationally and 19 regionally-ranked opponents," said head coach Marty Petersen, who has guided the Titans to a 21-year record of 589-354. "The 2002 season wasn't measured for us in wins and losses, but in our ability to improve and build the foundation for the future."
Last year's news included a five-game victory over defending NCAA Division III champion University of La Verne (Calif.), a three-game sweep of nationally-ranked UW-La Crosse in a WIAC contest and a five-game victory over nationally-ranked Lakeland College.
"Due to our inexperience, we rode a roller coaster in terms of consistency last year," said Petersen. "One match we were defeating the defending national champion and the next we were beating ourselves. This year, we hope to eliminate the ups and downs."
Led by 2002 All-WIAC first team selection Amanda Delgadillo (West Allis), the Titans return six former letter winners to the 2003 team.
Delgadillo, a senior left-side hitter, was a dominant player for the Titans last season after totaling 554 digs, 531 kills, 168 assists, 68 service aces and 47 blocks in 129 games. Her average of 4.12 kills per game a year ago led the WIAC. Delgadillo was named to five all-tournament teams last season and compiled 28 kills, the sixth-highest total in UW-Oshkosh history, in a five-game loss to UW-Eau Claire.
In addition to Delgadillo, other key returning contributors to the Titans this season are junior middle blocker/right-side hitter Mary Jo Chart (Burlington), sophomore middle blocker/right-side hitter Tina Hegemann (Rochester), junior middle blocker Amber Petersen (Milwaukee), senior libero Jackie Regester (Lake Geneva) and sophomore left-side hitter Kaylan Tolfa (Greenfield). Delgadillo and Amber Petersen started all 36 matches for UW-Oshkosh last season, while Regester started 32, Hegemann 28 and Chart 10.
Amber Petersen is a talented player who gained NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region Freshman Player of the Year honors in 2001. Last season, she appeared in all 129 games, compiling 308 kills, 174 blocks, 69 digs, 49 service aces and a .271 hitting percentage. Her average of 1.35 blocks per game led the WIAC.
Regester, who was the team's setter last year, will return this season to the role of libero, a position she played for the Titans in 2000 and 2001. Last year, Regester compiled a team-high 1,427 assists while totaling 376 digs, 52 blocks and 35 service aces in 128 games played.
Hegemann totaled 149 kills, 94 blocks and 38 service aces in 98 games last year, while Chart compiled 70 kills, 37 blocks and 29 service aces in 81 contests and Tolfa 41 digs and six service aces in 47 games.
UW-Oshkosh welcomes eight newcomers to the roster this season, including sophomore setter Ashley Fischer (Fond du Lac) and freshman left-side hitter Sarah Schott (Winnebago, Ill.). Fischer is a transfer from NCAA Division II University of Minnesota-Duluth, while Schott is back with the Titans after receiving a medical red-shirt a year ago.
True freshmen joining the Titans this fall are Lisa Beck (Darboy), Tina Beck (Darboy), Amanda Chart (Burlington), Jillian Uridel (Mukwonago), Ashley Utech (Sheboygan) and Jessica Woelfel (New Holstein). Lisa and Tina Beck are sisters, while Amanda Chart joins her sister, Mary Jo, as a member of the UW-Oshkosh squad. Lisa Beck was a fourth-team all-state selection last fall as a senior at Kimberly High School.
UW-Oshkosh again plays a highly competitive schedule in 2003. Besides the always-tough WIAC slate, the Titans will also travel to the Elmhurst College Invitational, the University of St. Thomas Classic, the Ohio Northern Invitational and the UW-Whitewater Invitational. UW-Oshkosh, which has the potential of playing 15 nationally and 19 regionally-ranked opponents from a year ago, also hosts three tournaments in Kolf Sports Center this season.