Division 1 Standout Underclassmen
The Division 1 field showcased some of the top talent in the state. We saw several college commits that will be signing this week and headed into conferences including the Big Ten, ACC, Sun Belt, Big 12, Big East, Missouri…
The Division 1 field showcased some of the top talent in the state. We saw several college commits that will be signing this week and headed into conferences including the Big Ten, ACC, Sun Belt, Big 12, Big East, Missouri Valley, Horizon League, and Atlantic Sun next fall. Seniors and Juniors weren’t the only ones making big plays. There were some underclassmen that we should expect to see a lot more of in the future.
Hunter improved tremendously since last season and she is one that is always working hard in transition. She took some big aggressive swings and the Coons must love they will have her returning for the next two seasons. Hunter tallied 15 kills, hit a .273 and recorded 6 blocks in their 3 matches.
Sivak was just hitting her stride last year and has completely exploded as a high level top recruit. She has grown so much as a player in the past year and even her confidence and grit are undeniable. The 6’1 Sivak is likely to be a big piece of the Coons offensive and defensive plans for 2024. She had 17 kills in both their Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches. Sivak hit an impressive .406 while knotching 2 service aces in both their semifinal and championship match.
Pankonin can take a hard swing down the line with the best of them. She makes smart choices with the set she’s given, even with a big monster block in front of her. Pankonin plays with a high IQ and knows how to recycle the ball. She knotched 5 kills, 4 digs, and 1 block in their quarterfinal match.
Brown was SO impressive this past weekend. I really like the big block she puts up and she doesn’t let anything get past her. She has a natural nose for the ball. Brown was a huge surprise along with the 20 blocks she tallied over the 3 days. In DSHA’s semifinal she had 9 kills with no errors, hitting a .643.
Koshuta was a spark plug for the Lightning. She would come in to serve and take teams out of system. Koshuta could be a top defender but she could also be the future setter for this squad and she gained some crucial experience this year.
Zgonc is a stud and showed the state of Wisconsin this weekend. She recorded a record breaking 25 digs in their quarterfinal match with Waunakee. She makes an early decision on which side she wants to take the serve and creates a strong platform angle.
Baldwin is a talented sophomore setter that works really well to connect with her attackers. She moves the ball around really well and gets all her attackers involved but knows just when to feed her big gun, Eva Finnessy. Baldwin is so steady and tallied 44 assists in her 2 matches.
Van Wie came in and showed that she could be the future for Waunakee. She hit a nice deep cross corner that can be a highly effective attack option.