Sanchez selected All-WIAC
Janesville Craig High graduate Sofia Sanchez earned first-team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball honors.
The senior outside hitter was the only Warhawk on the first team.
Heidi Buss and Alivia Holman are honorable mention picks, Kelli Trautmann was named to the All-Defensive team, and Leanna Lillge is Whitewater's representative on the Sportsmanship Team.
Sanchez was a repeat first-teamer. She leads the Warhawks in kills (389) and is second in service aces (32). She is second in the WIAC in kills per set (3.38) and second in points (3.89).
She has recorded 17 double-doubles (kills and digs), recording 10 or more kills in Whitewater's last seven matches. Sanchez ranks ninth in the UW-W record books with 1,237 career kills, and her career hitting percentage (.355) is third.
Sanchez is fifth in Warhawk history with 10 or more kills in 68 matches.
Buss is a sophomore setter, and Holman a freshman middle hitter. Buss is third in assists in the WIAC (10.47) and seventh in service aces (0.33). Holman, who missed eight matches with an injury, still ranked fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.297), sixth in points (3.42) and ninth in kills (2.67). She was also second in blocks for UW-W (65).
Trautmann, Whitewater's senior libero, ranks sixth in WIAC service aces (0.36) and sixth in blocks (4.31). She led the Warhawks in digs (500) and aces (42).
The WIAC has an emphasis on sportsmanship, which led to recognizing an individual on each team who embodies those principles. Lillge, a sophomore outside hitter, was chosen by the UW-W coaching staff.
Sanchez and the Warhawks open NCAA Division III tournament play today against the University of Chicago in St. Louis. Whitewater is 26-7 overall, and won the WIAC Tournament to earn an automatic tournament bid.
Amici Player of the Year
Whitewater High graduate and UW-Eau Claire University senior Liz Amici was chosen the WIAC Volleyball Player of the Year.
Amici has played in 33 of 34 matches and leads the WIAC with a .343 hitting percentage, while ranking second with 1.18 blocks per set, fourth with 3.45 points per set and sixth with 2.77 kills per set.
She had 18 double-digit kills, including a season-high 18 against UW-River Falls on Oct. 19 and UW-Platteville on Nov. 5.
Amici was an All-WIAC first team choice a year ago,
She ranks third on UW-Eau Claire's career list with 360 block assists and 414 total blocks. Her 148 total blocks this season is tied for fifth on the school single-season chart.
Middle hitters—Liz Amici, UW-Eau Claire, Sr.; Morgan Bartkowiak, UW-Stevens Point, Jr.; Erin Green, UW-River Falls, Jr.; Briana Kaiser, UW-Platteville, Sr.; Stephanie Kirchner, Platteville, Soph.; Laura Slinger, Eau Claire, Sr.
Outside hitters—Jordyn Bratel, UW-Oshkosh, Soph.; Christina Brinkman, UW-Stevens Point, Jr.; Sofia Sanchez, UW-Whitewater, Sr.; Anne Satterlee, Eau Claire, Jr.
Setter—Alexis Hartman, UW-Stevens Point, Fr.; Ali Sikic, UW-Platteville, Sr.
Whitewater—Heidi Buss, soph., setter; Alivia Holman, fr., middle hitter.
La Crosse—Kayla Ashland, soph., middle hitter.
Platteville—Emily Kaiser, soph., outside hitter.
Stout—Kate Mikutowski, jr., outside hitter.
Eau Claire—Emily Neave, jr., setter.
Oshkosh—Morgan Nick, fr., outside hitter.
River Falls—Jean Theis, soph., middle hitter.
Ally Groth, UW-Stevens Point, Fr., Libero; Courtney Preiner, UW-River Falls, Jr., Libero; Kelli Trautmann, UW-Whitewater, Sr., Libero; Farrah Wirtz, UW-Superior, Jr., Libero.
Jenny Burzynski, UW-Eau Claire, Sr., Defensive Specialist; Katie Gunderson, UW-La Crosse, Sr., Outside Hitter; Kelsey Mauer, UW-Oshkosh, Jr., Middle Blocker; Brooke Nichols, UW-Platteville, Jr., Defensive Specialist; Linnea Osterberg, UW-River Falls, Sr., Defensive Specialist; Jessica Dredske, UW-Stevens Point, Jr., Middle Hitter; Sara Kjos, UW-Stout, Sr., Outside Hitter/Middle Hitter; Rachel Langer, UW-Superior, Sr., Middle Hitter; Leanna Lillge, UW-Whitewater, Soph., Outside Hitter.
Player of the Year: Liz Amici of Eau Claire
Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete: Ali Sikic of Platteville
Coach of the Year: Stacey White of Stevens Point