Cyclones women recover from season slip
By Alyssa Novak
photo by Tommy Yang
Freshman Stephanie Steiger spikes the ball
at the Sept. 15 invitational.
The UW-Fox volleyball team finished out the regular season with a win to UW-Fond Du Lac Oct. 10 at home.
The victory put the Cyclones at a 4-2 conference record and an 8-5 overall with the conference win to the Falcons in three sets 25-15, 25-21 and 25-21.
With a loss to UW-Marathon in five games Oct. 8, the gain was valuable for the Cyclones.
In a doubleheader three days before, the team also rebounded from their loss against UW-Marshfield Oct. 3 by picking up a pair of wins.
The Cyclones downed UW-Baraboo in three sets with scores of 25-8, 25-12, and 25-15 before defeating the Fox Valley Tech Foxes 25-6, 25-11 and 25-18 in the second game.
Freshman Carlie Lau tallied 7 kills against UW-Baraboo. Sophomore Crystal Lehman kept the ball alive with 9 digs and freshmen Tessa Thompson and Haley Farnum handed out 27 assists each.
They also defeated the UW-Sheboygan Wombats in three sets, improving to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in conference Oct 1.
In a match against the UW-Richland Roadrunners, the Cyclones edged the team in five sets with scores of 27-25, 25-23, and 25-22 improving to 4-3 on Sept. 19.
These wins were valuable to the team after taking a surprising loss at home against UW-Marinette Sept. 17 with final set scores of 22-25, 18-25, and 21-25.
Coach Tracy Natz was caught off guard by the turnout of the game.
"I was disappointed with the loss especially after seeing how well [the Cyclones] played on our tournament the Saturday before," Natz said.
"They played well, but not as good as I know they can play."
The Cyclones took second place at the UW-Marinette Invitational with a 5-1 record Sept. 15.
"Taking 2nd place is the best we have ever done in that tournament. I believe that this is one of our stronger and more talented teams that we have had at Fox in a while," Natz said.
Sophomore Lenae Plosczynski and Farnum were responsible for most of the offensive kills.
"There are no weak links on our team. Overall, our team this year is one of the best we've had in a while I presume," Plosczynski said.
Farnum and Thompson contributed with 63 and 46 assists.
"There is always another chance to do better. If we play hard and work hard, we can dominate the rest of the season," Thompson said.
"We are very unlike other teams who look to that one or two players. We can rely on our entire team"
Natz is pleased with her team's efforts.
"They work very hard. As a team we really try to have our practices as intense as they can be from start to finish. We practice every day of the week when we don't have a game for usually two hours and some will stay after to work on some things," Natz said.d
Other key players this season were freshmen Shannon Mihalic and Crystal Lehman, who have been helpful with defensive digs, averaging 10-20 digs per game.
"I hope our weaknesses become our strengths and our strengths only grow stronger," Thompson said.