One of the nation’s top Division 2 volleyball programs has added a local player to its roster.
Weyauwega-Fremont High School senior Teal Tomaszewski, this year’s player of the year in the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference who helped lead the Indians to conference and regional championships, signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
The 27-3 Bulldogs were ranked fifth in the nation in Division 2 heading into this past weekend’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament.
Tomaszewski signed on the dotted line Nov. 14 in front of her parents, Rena and Rich; friends; teammates; and coaches.
“This was a goal of mine ever since I could remember,” said Tomaszewski, who played her four years of volleyball at W-F being coached by her mother.
“I’ve been telling Mom that I want to play D2,” she said. “D1 is a lot of commitment and I know I can do better than D3.”
Tomaszewski visited the campus recently with her family.
“I love the coaches,” she said. “When I go back there, it’s like home. I really like the program up there and I’ve been working so hard to get this. It felt perfect.”
Tomaszewski, an all-state honorable mention player as a senior, came into her final high school season with UMD’s offer on the table.
“It’s a relief, but it’s been a goal of mine,” she said. “I know I can achieve anything if I set my mind to it.”
She expects to see action as a freshman instead of redshirting her first season.
“Last year, I decided to look at where I wanted to go,” she said. “My mom’s helped me through this whole thing. I don’t think I could get anywhere without her. It was my decision where I wanted to go, but she also liked it.”
Tomaszewski talked to Brenda Hansen, a W-F graduate who also played volleyball for the Bulldogs. Hansen is one of a handful of former W-F volleyball players that played under Rena Tomaszewski and went on to play college volleyball. Tomaszewski’s sister, Taylor, is at Lawrence University in Appleton; Devery DeSantis played on a club team at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Samantha Otte played at Central Michigan; Brieanne Oehlke played at St. Norbert College in De Pere; Crystal Otte played at Winona State in Minnesota; Anna Wagner Duxbury played at Madison Edgewood; and Shandee Kempf played at UW-Stevens Point.
Tomaszewski also had interest from Colorado and Upper Iowa and plans to study early education or sports management in college.
“I just like the feel of (volleyball),” she said. “I feel like everything I think about disappears when I’m on the court. Nothing compares to volleyball.”