NewsTallmadge Setter Decides to Play for Lady Cougars
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's volleyball team has signed an important recruit for the 2004 season with the addition of Allison Klusmann.
Klusmann, a 5-foot-8 setter from Tallmadge, Ohio, has decided to further her education and continue her volleyball career at MVNU. As a senior at Tallmadge High School, she registered 558 assists, 139 digs, 102 kills, and 30 blocks in being named to the Suburban League and All-District First Team and the All-Ohio Second Team. Klusmann also helped the Blue Devils to three league championships, three district titles, and two trips to the regional finals during her career.
"Allison is a very important piece to our puzzle next year," said MVNU head coach Paul Swanson, who has compiled a 688-238 record in 20 seasons with the Lady Cougars. "She is a great person to add to our team. (The team) loves her personality, her values, her priorities, and her play. She is a very skilled and experienced setter, and she has had great high school and club experiences that make her ready to play right away."
"In Allison, we feel we are getting the complete package," Swanson added. "She is a committed Christian, an outstanding student, an entertaining person, and a super player. Needless to say, we are very excited to make her a Cougar."
In addition to playing volleyball at Tallmadge, Klusmann has been active in National Honor Society, Student Senate, Pep Club, Letterwinners Club, FCCLA, and has served as an officer for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was also a member of Tallmadge's homecoming court this year.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU," said Klusmann of her college choice. "I wanted to attend a college where I could grow in my faith, get a good education, and play volleyball. After visiting, MVNU fit me perfectly!"
MVNU posted a 36-10 overall record in 2003 and advanced to the NAIA Region IX Tournament for the tenth straight season. The Lady Cougars have won at least 36 matches in each of the past 11 seasons.