OXFORD, Ohio – With Miami’s 2013 spring exhibition season in full swing, the RedHawks are already looking ahead to the 2013 fall season as rising senior Katy Dolesh has been selected team captain, while rising junior Courtney Zanotti has been tabbed vice captain, head coach Bobby Kramig announced Monday.
Dolesh replaces graduating senior Jess Kodiak, who served as the lone team captain in 2012, while Zanotti will provide more leadership along with Dolesh.
"Katy Dolesh is our leader. Period. She's a terrific role model who represents what we want Miami Soccer to be all about. I have great respect for her personally and feel quite confident placing the team in her hands,” Kramig said. "Katy does everything right. She's a great player whose athletic achievements are rivaled only by her academic successes and I am proud to name her captain for the 2013 season."
Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio) has played in 60 career games in her first three years, including playing in all 24 last year, while missing just four in her career. She has started 52 of those contests, including all 40 games in which she has played over the last two seasons. The 5-foot-7, high-flying midfielder has amassed 62 career points on 24 goals and 14 assists. Last season she helped Miami to Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament titles, while also guiding the ‘Hawks to the NCAA Tournament second round, scoring nine goals and adding eight assists on the year.
Dolesh is a three-time All-MAC performer, earning First-Team honors the last two years, while she also collected NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region and OCSA All-Ohio accolades in 2012. The health studies major has also garnered several academic awards, including Academic All-MAC, Academic All-Ohio and Academic All-District distinction, while carrying a 3.44 grade-point average.
Zanotti (North Royalton, Ohio) has played in 32 career games in her first two seasons, starting 22, while anchoring Miami’s backfield last season that recorded 10 shutouts. Zanotti was instrumental in Miami’s MAC championships and NCAA Tournament run last season. She played in 20 games, while starting 12, and logged 1,339 minutes of playing time. The 5-foot-6 center back was named to the All-MAC Tournament Team last year and garnered MAC Defensive Player of the Week once. The middle childhood education major boasts a 3.89 GPA and also received academic honors such as Academic All-MAC and Academic All-Ohio in 2012.
"Court really developed into the leader of our defense this fall. She's a very smart, organized player whose judgment I trust and respect both on and off the field,” Kramig said. "As vice captain, I fully expect Courtney's leadership skills will continue to develop and that she will provide a great example to the other players on the team."
Dolesh and Zanotti will begin their duties as captains Saturday when the RedHawks host Northern Kentucky in their third spring exhibition match. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field. Miami’s 2013 fall schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.