NewsLady Cougars to Honor Zipf Prior to Final Home Match
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Katie Zipf, the lone senior on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's volleyball team, will be honored on Tuesday evening prior to the Lady Cougars' final regular-season home match against Urbana University at 7:00 p.m.
Zipf, a middle hitter from Westerville, Ohio, has helped lead MVNU to a 153-36 record (.810 winning percentage) over the past four years. The Lady Cougars have won three American Mideast Conference titles, participated in four National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournaments with a second-place finish this year, and finished as the NAIA Region IX Tournament runner-up three times during that span.
During her career, Zipf has played in 441 games for MVNU. She currently has 951 kills and needs just 49 more kills to become the 15th player in school history to reach the 1,000-kill mark. She has also recorded 86 aces, 197 assists, 351 digs, and 376 blocks.
This season, Zipf has played in 152 of the team's 159 games. She leads the team with 75 aces, ranks second with 425 kills and 88 assists, and is third with 128 blocks. The former Big Walnut High School standout has also compiled 254 digs.
"From the time Katie arrived as a fresh freshman to now as a mature senior, she is easily one of the most improved players to ever play volleyball here," said MVNU head coach Paul Swanson. "She has improved in all aspects of her game, and her excellent all-around play has had a big impact on our success."
"The most notable changes have been Katie's personal and spiritual development," Swanson added. "It has been a joy to watch her develop as a person and grow as a Christian young woman. We have been blessed because Katie Zipf chose to come to MVNU."
The Lady Cougars will wrap up the regular season with Tuesday night's match and another conference match on Thursday at Malone College. Then, the team will gear up for the AMC Tournament the following weekend.