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2017 Oshkosh I Senior Salutes (4-5-17)
ALLEN GRUNERT
Allen Grunert came to UW-Oshkosh after playing one year at Cardinal Stritch University and after playing his prep career at Muskego High School. Allen helped lead the Titans to the NCVF Division I national title in 2016 and 2017.

Allen has been twice named to the NCVF Division I All-American first team and Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Division I All-Conference first team. Last year he was named the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference State Championship most valuable player. He was also named Midwest Ten Conference second team in 2016.

The Titans won the Midwest Ten Conference regular season conference championship and conference tournament in 2015 and 2017 and the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference regular season conference championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Titans won the WVC Division I state championship in 2015 and 2016.

Unfortunately, Allen suffered a leg injury in January and will not be able to play this season.

Allen will graduate with a degree in business administration.

“It is an honor to be part of the program and have the chance to chase such high dreams. A lot of luck and hard work made my volleyball dreams a reality. The coaching has given us the tools for success, and the teammates make all the hard work with it. No matter what happens when the final ball drops there are over 30 friends I have supporting me the rest of my life. I think that is what makes playing at UW-Oshkosh special.”

TRAVIS HUDSON
Travis Hudson hails from Wauwatosa and attended Wauwatosa West High School. Travis has been a member of the Division I team from 2013 to 2017 as a starting setter all five seasons. He was named the NCVF Division I national player of the year in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In the Midwest Ten Conference as a freshman, he was named second team all-conference and the last four years has been named first-team all-conference, including be named the most outstanding player in 2015.

In the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Travis was named Division I All-Conference first team in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, capped with the most valuable player award in 2014 and 2016. He was also named to the WVC State Championship all-tournament team in 2014, 2015 and 2016, garnering MVP honors in 2015. In 2013, he was named the WVC Newcomer of the Year and in 2015 and 2016 he led the conference in assists per set.

With Travis leading the way, the Titans have won the WVC regular season conference title in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the WVC State Championship the last two seasons. In Midwest Ten Conference action the Titans won both the regular season and tournament championship in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Travis served as the program’s team president in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was captain in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Travis will graduate in May with a degree in resource management. He was a member of the honor roll in 2013 and 2016.

“UW-Oshkosh volleyball has been the best experience. Through the program I have made numerous friends not only in Oshkosh, but around the country. I wouldn’t trade my time here for a different experience somewhere else.”

JOE KUCHLER
Joe came to UW-Oshkosh from Muskego where he went to Muskego High School. Joe has had various roles in the program playing libero on the Division III team in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and then making the jump to Division I where he is a defensive specialist this season.

Last year he helped the Division III team take fifth place in their first time playing at the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division III championship. For his efforts he was named a NCVF Division III honorable mention All-American. Last year he helped the Division III team to a WVC Division II runner-up finish in the both the regular season and state championship. He was named to the State Championship all-tournament team and led the league in digs per set. Previously he served as a team captain for the Division III team in 2015 and 2016.

Joe has been a member of the Dean’s List in the fall of 2014 and on the honor roll on four occasions. He will graduate in May with a degree in nursing with a grade point average of 3.51. Due to his efforts in the classroom he was a WVC Scholar Athlete of the Year nominee.

“This program has provided me with life-long friendships and memories. It taught me responsibility, accountability, and many other intangibles that will help me be successful in life. I can’t thank Lumpy and all the other coaches enough for everything they have done for me.”

WESLEY MORIOKA
Wesley Morioka traveled north from Chicago, Illinois after playing for Northside Prep High School. Wesley has been a member of the Titans Division I team all five years at UW-Oshkosh, taking third in the nation his freshman year and being a part of the Titans last three NCVF Division I national championships.

Individual athletic honors include being named NCVF Division I honorable mention all-American in 2015 and 2016, Wisconsin Volleyball Conference First-Team All-Conference in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Midwest Ten Conference First-Team All-Conference in 2015 and 2016. He is one of three captains on the team.

With Wes on the team, the Titans have won the WVC regular season conference title in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the WVC state championship the last two seasons. In Midwest Ten Conference action the Titan won both the regular season and tournament championship in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Academically he was a member of the Dean’s List two times and the Honor Roll five semesters. He will graduate in May with a degree in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. He currently has a 3.64 grade point average and is a WVC Scholar Athlete of the Year nominee.

UW-Oshkosh volleyball has been like a second family to me. Not only has it furthered my volleyball skills but it has molded me into the man I am today. The coaches and players I have come to know over the past five years will forever be in my memory and heart. I know it is going to be difficult not seeing them every day and not having them in my life as I begin a new chapter in mine.”

MICHAEL WAMBOLDT
Michael Wamboldt arrived on the campus of UW-Oshkosh from Pleasant Prairie after playing at Kenosha Tremper High School. Mike has been a starting defensive specialist all four years on the Titans Division I team helping them to three consecutive NCVF Division I national titles. Mike will guide UW-Oshkosh in its quest for its unprecedented fourth straight title in less than two weeks in Kansas City, a feat never accomplished in collegiate club history.

Mike has helped the team to the WVC Division I regular season conference titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the WVC State Championship in 2015 and 2016. He also was a member of the Midwest Ten Conference regular season and tournament championship teams in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Mike has been the Titans team captain in 2016 and 2017.

In the classroom Mike was a member of the Dean’s List for two semesters and the honor roll three semesters. Mike will graduate with a degree in nursing and currently has a 3.35 grade point average.

“This club is a brotherhood and I am very happy to have been a part of so many great accomplishments here. I am thankful to have chosen this organization and I hope the guys I played with over the years will continue to have success in both volleyball and life.”




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