Huhn set to make history at Plymouth

by Dave Boehler
Review Sports Editor

CECE HUHN (RIGHT) digs a ball at practice Tuesday. She is the first girls volleyball player at Plymouth to commit to a Division I school (Northern Colorado). – Photo by Dave Boehler CECE HUHN (RIGHT) digs a ball at practice Tuesday. She is the first girls volleyball player at Plymouth to commit to a Division I school (Northern Colorado). – Photo by Dave Boehler Cece Huhn is going where no other Plymouth girls volleyball player has gone before: compete at a Division I college.

“It’s awesome,” the senior said. “It’s exciting because I think that kind of gives other people a chance to think about going DI. Because I think other people could. I mean they might not think that they could. To be the first kind of opens that door for other people and allows them to think about it, even for a little bit.”

Huhn decided last year to play at Northern Colorado, and coach Peggy Huhn says she is the first Division I volleyball recruit, to her knowledge, from the school.

“It’s hard just to talk about college in general sometimes with other people because when I talk, I have everything figured out and everybody else is still deciding,” Cece said. “So I don’t have to go through that or school tours, I already know.”

Plymouth opens its season Saturday at the Green Bay East Invitational having five of six starters back after only two seniors were on the roster last year. One was first-team all-East Central Conference outside hitter Jessica Leider, as she helped the Panthers to a second-place finish in the league behind Kettle Moraine Lutheran.

“We’re hopeful with what we have coming in,” said Peggy, who enters her 14th year. “It’ll most likely be us two battling out for the next couple years to come.

“We’re not your all-star team where every single person is the best at every position. But they know each other so well and have stayed so close in high school. I think that’s those intangibles and those uncoachables. You can’t just coach some to get along; they get along. You can’t coach someone to know exactly what the person next to them is doing; they know that already.”

Cece also made the all conference first team – she was second team as a sophomore – after leading the team with 268 kills and 79 solo blocks to go with 109 digs and 31 service aces.

Two other seniors also made all-conference last season, which ended with a 3-1 loss to Kewaskum in a Division 2 regional final.

Hana Goeser landed on the second team as an outside hitter who provided 160 kills, 117 digs and 23 service aces.

“Hannah is really good, even if the set isn’t where we want it technically,” Cece said. “She’s really good at finding the court and being able to place it in a spot that we need to get a point or continue the rally.”

Setter Maggie Staehling received honorable mention all conference thanks to 347 assists, 50 digs and 29 kills.

“Maggie’s a great setter,” Cece said. “I’ve gone to middle school with her so I’ve set with her for a long time. We just have a really good relationship and we can talk to each other about getting the ball where it needs to be.”

And communicating is possibly the team’s biggest strength this season.

“We all know each other and we’re all socially really good friends,” Cece said. “We even have three sophomores coming up, and they’re still really close to all of us. We talk to each other as friends and not have to make those relationships during the season. It feels like we gel more than last year, we had a little trouble.”

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