Determination, hard work, and persistency are three words to describe the efforts and successes of players Jessica Franz and Katie Lesinski in this year’s volleyball season.
These two players led Millersville to the PSAC tournament this year, which is great because the Marauders have not seen tournament action since 2005. It takes star players to achieve such a successful season, and the Millersville team had it.
The talented, athletic team of women stood strong this year, and with Franz and Lesinski playing as well as they did, they were sure to have a good season. The efforts of both Lesinski and Franz didn’t go unnoticed because both were just named to the All-PSAC East Second Team this year, and they are both very deserving of such a title.
Sophomore Katie Lesinski was an All-PSAC pick last year as well as the PSAC East Freshman of the Year last year, so with her stats from this year’s season, it’s no wonder that she was picked for the All-PSAC team yet again.
This season she posted a team high 300 kills which gave her the eighth ranking in this category in the PSAC. She racked up a team high 865 swings with a .154 hitting percentage as well. She also had five assists and seven aces on the year.
Defensively Lesinski played extremely well also with her 105 digs and 40 total blocks, 7 of which being solo. Right along side Katie Lesinski was junior Jessica Franz who had another superb season.
Of the two setters that made the second team, junior Jessica Franz was one of them. This season she tallied a career high 913 assists which ranked her sixth in the PSAC. Franz’s 913 assists were only 178 less than the 1,091 she had in her freshman and sophomore years combined so for her she had an absolutely fantastic year in the assist category.
She also added 61 kills on her .238 attack percentage, which was the highest attack percentage of any player on the team with at least 180 attempts. As far as defense went, Franz posted 218 digs and 13 total blocks (all assists) to reach career- highs in all categories.
Jessica and Katie represented Millersville well this year both having fantastic seasons. Millersville had the third most representation in the PSAC East this year, which was great for the school.
Overall both players played a great season of volleyball, and they both deserved their spots in the All-PSAC East Second Team.
They will both look to build from these great performances next year and make sure that they follow up with another successful season.