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2020 Tryouts and Team Information (11-3-19)
The Oshkosh Men's Volleyball is hosting weekly open gym on Tuesdays during the fall semester if you'd like to come hit some volleyballs. Official tryouts will begin on January 6, 2020. No experience is necessary.

If you are interested in more information, please contact club president Michael Lemmens @ lemmem28@uwosh.edu.
Tyler Boddy Becomes First Ballot Hall of Famer (4-10-19)
Tyler Boddy (08-12) was inducted into the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the WVC Championships held in Menomonee Falls on April 5-6, 2019.

Although he came from a volleyball family, Tyler did not have the experience most college volleyball players have when they enter college. Tyler was originally from New Ulm, a small town in the state of Minnesota where there is no high school volleyball and only a handful of boys clubs.

UW-Oshkosh was lucky to hear about Tyler because his older sister played for head coach Jim Boos at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Jim was the original co-founder of the men’s club team at UW-Oshkosh and he contacted then head coach Brian Schaefer about a “gym rat” that was eager to learn the game and to work hard.

Jim was correct. Tyler started his career as a Titan in 2008 with a lot to prove. UW-Oshkosh was coming off of winning consecutive NIRSA Division I national titles in 2006 and 2007 and had a roster full of talent. Tyler was a natural athlete with a strong work ethic, was a fiery competitor and fully understood the sacrifices that were needed to become elite.

After a freshman campaign where he was named All-WVC Honorable Mention and the WVC Freshmen of the Year, he had a modest season in 2009. Sitting behind current and future WVC Hall of Famers, Tyler was a role player in a year that the Titans placed second in the nation.

In 2010, Tyler was a key contributor for the Titans who were ranked #1 in the country for most of the season. A blown lead on the second day at nationals against Ohio State University and an early round exit in the gold bracket against the University of Illinois the following day was quite shell-shocking to Tyler and the rest of the Titans. Those tough defeats only fueled Tyler to become the player he was the next two seasons.

In 2011, Tyler thrived at the right side hitter position after gaining experience during previous seasons. He was unique in the fact that he could play all six rotations, and play them all at a very high level. Many teams could not figure out who to serve with Bill Meidenbauer and Nick Mueller alongside Tyler in the backcourt. Add to that valuable skill somebody who could set, play great defense, put up a huge block and serve aggressively you had one of the most complete players in WVC history.

2011 also saw a great one year rivalry develop between UW-Oshkosh, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. The three teams meet many times throughout the course of the season – the Hoosier-Illini Classic, The Midwest Ten Conference Championship, MIVA’s and as luck would have it; at the national championship.

In an intense national semifinal, the Titans overcame Indiana University and their unbelievable setter to set the stage against the Irish. After losing the first set, the Titans responded by throttling the University of Notre Dame 25-9 in set two.

For those that have attended the Division I national championship match you know what comes next. Nestled between chants of “FU Oshkosh” there is a catchy song called “Sweet Caroline.” Tyler, known for his dance moves was caught up in the moment from the chorus of the crowd and the thrill of winning the second set by such a large margin. Enter Dan Ruys. Dan grabbed Tyler by the jersey, looked him straight into the eyes and told him the match wasn’t over yet. The Titans went onto win 15-10 to claim, at that time their third Division I national championship.

Tyler was named First Team All-American and the National Player of the Year after the match.

In his final season in 2012, UW-Oshkosh finished third in the nation after a heart-breaking two-point loss to the University of California-Berkeley in the third set of the national semifinals. That season Tyler was named a second-team All-American.

Individual accolades and team accomplishments were plentiful for Tyler. He was named a WVC First Team selection three times and was the Conference Player of the Year twice. The Titans won the WVC regular season title from 2009-2012 and won the WVC State Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

While at UW-Oshkosh he got the coaching bug helping the women’s team for two seasons. After graduation he headed to Southwest Minnesota State University as an assistant coach. The Mustangs are a perineal NCAA Division II powerhouse and have reached the national tournament all eight years that Tyler has been there, highlighted with a second place finish in the nation in 2014.

Many players feel lucky to have great experiences and to make memories while getting a chance to play a college sport. In the case of Tyler it is the opposite. His coaches, his teammates and the people that he met along the way are the lucky ones. He was a fantastic teammate. He was a fantastic player. And now he has become a fantastic coach, husband and father. Tyler you earned this honor and there are numerous people proud of you. Congratulations!
Middle Blocker Danny Hessling Enshrined in WVC Hall of Fame (4-10-19)
Danny Hessling (06-10) was inducted into the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the WVC Championships held in Menomonee Falls on April 5-6, 2019.

The consummate team player and extremely hard worker, Danny Hessling was a force as a middle blocker for UW-Oshkosh from 2006-2010. A prominent member of Division I National Championship teams in 2006 and 2007, he was a 2nd-Team All American in 2009 when the Titans had a national runner-up finish. Hessling was an All-Tournament Team selection at the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference State Championship four times helping UW-Oshkosh to two State Championships. The Titans secured Midwest Ten Conference titles all five years he played and was a three-time All-Conference selection. Hessling was President and Captain of the UW-Oshkosh team for two seasons. Despite being a fierce competitor, Hessling was well liked even by the toughest rivals.
Two-Time WVC MVP, Jeff Krase, Inducted Into the WVC Hall of Fame (4-10-19)
Jeff Krase (98-00) was inducted into the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the WVC Championships held in Menomonee Falls on April 5-6, 2019.

A dominating right side hitter, Jeff Krase played for UW-Oshkosh from 1998-2000. In 1998 he helped the Titans to a Wisconsin Volleyball Conference State Championship and a fifth place showing at the NIRSA Division I national championship (which was the highest finish at the time for the Titans). In 1999, he was named the WVC State Championship Most Valuable Player after collecting 40 kills in the championship match in leading UW-Oshkosh to the state title. In 2000, he wrapped up his career by being named the WVC State Championship Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive season, first team All-WVC and a Wisconsin Volleyball Conference All-Star. The Titans won their fourth consecutive state championship title. His senior year he made the difficult decision to not play volleyball so that he could obtain an internship and graduate in four years with a degree in biology.

Jeff Krase played during the Dave Boos, Jim Boos, Paul Hammen and Josh Wagner era of UW-Oshkosh volleyball. All of those players have since been inducted into the WVC Hall of Fame. Standing only 5-11, Krase had court vision, lefty power and finesse and was a key competent of a dominating stretch in the WVC by the Titans.
UW Oshkosh Places Second in Midwest Ten (2-25-19)
The UW-Oshkosh 1’s team continued their dominance in the Midwest Ten championships on February 23rd and 24th. The Titans put up a strong performance at pool play, defeating NIU (25-16, 25-17), Iowa State (25-18, 25-22) and Illinois State (25-22, 25-18). After starting relatively slow the first day of pool play (5-2), the Titans were able to put together a great performance in bracket play.

During the course of bracket play, the Titans defeated Notre Dame and Ball State. Following those matches, UW-Oshkosh defeated DePaul University very convincingly in the semi-finals. Despite their rhythm of winning, the Titans fell short of sixth ranked Marquette in the Midwest Ten finals. This gives them some added motivation headed into March and throughout the rest of the season.

Overall, the weekend can be marked down as a success for UW-Oshkosh, giving them the accolade of runner-up in one of the toughest conferences in the country.
2019 NCVF National Championships - Schedule and Results (4-18-19)
Below are the NCVF National Championship schedules and results for all three Oshkosh teams. I will keep them as up-to-date as possible. You can also find the official results posted on the NCVF site at Tournament Results.

We will be updating our Facebook page during the day. Check there for the latest results.

All times listed on this page are CST.

Thursday April 18
Boston College - Won 25-17, 25-17
University of California - Los Angeles - Won 25-23, 25-13
#19 Texas A&M University - Won 28-26, 25-19
Friday April 19
#25 University of Maryland - Won 22-25, 25-18, 15-9
#10 University of Central Florida - Lost 20-25, 23-25
Saturday April 20
#5 University of Florida - Won 25-18, 22-25, 19-17
University of Arizona - Won 25-23, 26-24
#8 Cal Poly SLO - Lost 15-25, 14-25
Finished tied for 3rd in the nation.
Thursday April 18
Western Michigan University - "B" - Won 25-10, 25-12
James Madison University "B" - Won 25-15, 25-14
(#18 DIII) University of Connecticut "B" - Won 25-16, 25-15
Friday April 19
University of Central Florida "B" - Won 20-25, 25-21, 15-11
(#14 DIII) University of Maryland "B" - Won 25-14, 25-21
Saturday April 20
(#24 DIII) University of Dayton "B" - Lost 22-25, 20-25
Finished tied for 9th in the nation.
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