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Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN

Women’s Volleyball

Women's Volleyball

Welcome to Thunder Volleyball!

The Thunder Volleyball team competes in the 16-team Minnesota Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) and is one of eight volleyball teams in Northern Division. Our conference is recognized as one of the strongest NJCAA Division III conferences in the nation.

If you are interested in being a member of the Thunder Volleyball team, contact Laura Sylvester via email to lsylvester@fdltcc.edu, or by calling 218-879-0822. You can also click the link below, check the box for volleyball, and fill in any pertinent information about yourself and your accomplishments and we will contact you regarding your interest in attending Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and playing for the Thunder.
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Thunder Volleyball Closes Out 2019 Season
Thunder Volleyball team 2019

2019 Thunder Volleyball Team

Thunder Volleyball Head Coach Laura Sylvester provided these thoughts after the team’s final match of the 2019 season: “As our Thunder volleyball season comes to a close, I smile thinking about how enjoyable this season was! This is a great group of young women who worked hard together and lifted each other up everyday. I can’t thank them enough for their dedication to our program and to each other. These ladies improved throughout the whole season and finished the season strong, playing volleyball at a very high level.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Thunder Volleyball Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time
Wednesday, September 4 Vermilion Community College Away at Ely L, 3-0 (25-4, 25-7, 25-10)
Wednesday, September 11 Mesabi Range Technical & Community College HOME L, 3-0 (25-4, 25-5, 25-5)
Friday, September 13 Itasca Community College HOME L, 3-0  (25-11, 25-3, 25-7)
Saturday, September 14 Central Lakes College HOME L, 3-0 (25-6, 25-14, 25-7)
Friday, September 20 Rainy River Community College Away at International Falls L, 3-0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-15)
Saturday, September 21 Northland Community & Technical College Away at Thief River Falls L, 3-0 (25-3, 25-10, 25-9)
Wednesday, September 25 Hibbing Community College HOME L, 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-12)
Wednesday, October 2 Vermilion Community College HOME L, 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-12)
Wednesday, October 9 Mesabi Range Technical & Community College Away at Virginia L, 3-0 (25-4, 25-5, 25-6)
Friday, October 11 Itasca Community College Away at Grand Rapids L, 3-0 (25-4, 25-5, 25-11)
Saturday, October 12 Central Lakes College Away at Brainerd L, 3-0 (25-2, 25-3, 25-5)
Saturday, October 12 Century College Away at Brainerd L, 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-10)
Wednesday, October 16 Hibbing Community College Away at Hibbing L, 3-0 (25-5, 25-8, 25-10)
Friday, October 25 Rainy River Community College HOME L, (25-18, 25-15, 25-17)
Saturday, October 26 Northland Community & Technical College HOME L, (25-8, 25-9, 25-4)

2019 Thunder Volleyball Roster
# Player Position Hometown High School Year
13 Aleisha Fox DS Cloquet, MN Fond du Lac Ojibwe High School 1
16 Lexis Kunz M Cloquet, MN Floodwood High School 1
19 Lauryn Lumpkins RS Minneapolis, MN North Community High School 1
11 Sara Miller OH/S Sandstone, MN East Central High School 1
18 Alexis Rogers M Minneapolis, MN Patrick Henry High School 1
17 Jade Taylor RS Webster, WI Siren High School 2
14 Kelsey Warner OH/S Brookston, MN South Ridge High School 1
10 Taytum Weaver RH Naytahwaush, MN Circle of Life Academy 1

Thunder Volleyball Coaching Staff
blank Coach Coaching Position Years with Team Hometown Experience
Coach Laura Sylvester Laura Sylvester Head Coach Eight Alborn, MN 10 years coaching

Athletic Trainer Charlene Heule

Charlene Heule

Charlene Heule Athletic Trainer Eight Cloquet, MN MS, ATC, ATR

Thunder Volleyball Student-Athlete Honors
Season Player Hometown Honor/Award
2017 Courtney Ableiter Carlton, MN MCAC All-Academic Team Honors
2017 Brooklyn Frear Duluth, MN MCAC All-Academic Team Honors
2017 Lyric Johnson Silver Bay, MN MCAC All-Academic Team Honors
2017 Shana Laveau Wrenshall, MN MCAC All-Academic Team Honors
2017 Samantha Lorenz Cloquet, MN MCAC All-Academic Team Honors
2017 Tatianna Zimmerman Culver, MN MCAC All-Academic Team Honors
2017 Tatianna Zimmerman Culver, MN MCAC All-Northern Division Second Team
2017 Tatianna Zimmerman Culver, MN MCAC Northern Division, Defensive Player of the Week
2016 Courtney Ableiter Carlton, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2016 Brooklyn Frear Duluth, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2016 Lyric Johnson Silver Bay, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2016 Tatianna Zimmerman Culver, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2015 Samantha Lorenz Cloquet, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2015 Drewez Budreau Cloquet, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2012 Makayleigh Cahoon Tamarack, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2012 Kourtney Karppinen Brookston, MN MCAC Northern All-Division Second Team
2012 Kaitlyn Psick Saginaw, MN MCAC Northern Division, Setter of the Week
2012 Kourtney Karppinen Brookston, MN MCAC Northern Division, All-Around Player of the Week
2011 Rachel Sanda Cloquet, MN Libero of the Week
2011 Rachel Sanda Cloquet, MN Libero of the Week
2010 Rachel Sanda Cloquet, MN MCAC Northern Division, Libero of the Week
2010 Holly Nelson Wrenshall, MN MCAC Northern Division, Hitter of the Week
2010 Katrina Anderson Carlton, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2010 Rita Aspinwall Elk River, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2010 Holly Nelson Wrenshall, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2010 Rachel Sanda Cloquet, MN MCAC State Academic Award
2009 Jenny Pederson Saginaw, MN MCAC Northern Division, Libero of the Week

Team Statistics
Season Record Team Honors
2019 0-15
2018 0-0 No team fielded this season
2017 2-14/2-12
2016 0-17
2015 0-17
2014 0-0 No team fielded this season
2013 0-17/0-14
2012 3–13/2–12
2011 3–20/1–13
2010 0-15
2009 2-14

Individual Records
Category Statistic Player Season
Kills (Season) 197 Holly Nelson 2011
Digs (Season) 441 Rachel Sanda 2011
Blocks (Season) 58 Holly Nelson 2011
Set Assists (Season) 438 Rita Aspinwall 2011
Ace Serves (Season) 38 Amber Gregg 2011
Kills (Match) 25 Kourtney Karppinen (vs. Vermilion, 9/11/12) 2012
Digs (Match) 40 Rachel Sanda (vs. Anoka Ramsey, 10/1/11) 2011
Blocks (Match) 6 (tie) Holly Nelson (2010) and Marita Yellowhammer (vs. Vermilion, 9/11/12) and Kourtney Karppinen (vs. Gogebic, 9/17/12) 2010/2012/2012
Set Assists (Match) 44 Kaitlyn Psick (vs. Vermilion, 9/11/12) 2012
Ace Serves (Match) 9 Amber Gregg (vs. Oak Hills Christian College) 2011

 

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