NewsRiver View Volleyball Standout Signs with MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's volleyball team has added a key recruit to its roster for the 2003 season with the addition of Katie Vipperman.
Vipperman, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter from Walhonding, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to further her education and continue her volleyball career at MVNU. As a senior at River View High School, she compiled 220 kills, 175 digs, and 220 total blocks as she was a unanimous Muskingum Valley League First Team selection. She was also named to the All-District 5 Second Team and the All-Tribuneland First Team. Vipperman helped River View to three straight MVL titles (59-11 overall record) and two sectional championships (2000 and 2002).
"We feel fortunate to add Katie to our squad for 2003," said MVNU head coach Paul Swanson, who has led the Lady Cougars to a 652-228 record (.741 winning percentage) in his 19 seasons at the helm. "She is a very skilled player, who has had excellent preparation at River View High School. Her competitive back row play, pleasant personality, and spiritual commitment makes her a quality addition. We are looking for her to add to our overall competitive balance and especially help us in the back row."
In addition to playing volleyball, Vipperman has excelled in the classroom where she will finish in the top 10 percent of her graduating class. She has also been named to Who's Who Among American High School Students and selected to National Honor Society.
"There are many reasons why I chose MVNU," said Vipperman of her college choice. "I wanted to be in a Christian environment and I really loved the campus. I felt that MVNU is where I am supposed to be."
The Lady Cougars finished the 2002 season with a 36-13 overall record. The team advanced to the NAIA Region IX Tournament for the ninth straight year and lost in the semifinals to Walsh University, the eventual region champion. MVNU also finished second at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament - the team's highest ever finish at the event.