NewsLady Cougars Land Volleyball Recruit for 2006 Season
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 2006 season with the addition of Stephanie Zollars.
Zollars, a 5-foot-9 middle hitter from Bellbrook, Ohio, has decided to further her education and continue her volleyball career at MVNU. As a junior at Bellbrook High School, she recorded 151 kills, 63 blocks, 29 aces, and 137 digs as she was named to the South Western Buckeye League First Team and the District 15 First Team for the second straight year. The three-year varsity letterwinner also helped the team to a 17-6 record that included the SWBL championship and a district runner-up finish.
"Lady Cougar volleyball has made a great addition to our team in Stephanie Zollars,” said MVNU head coach Paul Swanson. "She is an outstanding athlete, who loves to play volleyball. She can play many positions for us and we like that versatility. Speed, quickness, jumping ability, skill - she has it all.”
"In addition, we are adding a person with a great personality who is a committed Christian young woman,” Swanson added. "Our entire team is looking forward to the many ways that she will contribute in a positive way to our team.”
In addition to playing volleyball, Zollars has also played basketball and run track at Bellbrook. She is a member of National Honor Society and an honor roll student. She has also been involved in student council and serves as the junior class secretary.
"There were several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Zollars, who decided to commit early to the Lady Cougars. "I really like the small college Christian atmosphere. MVNU was also highly recommended by former players and students.”
MVNU posted a 34-14 overall record in 2004 and finished the year ranked 21st in the final NAIA national poll. The Lady Cougars also posted an 11-5 mark in the highly competitive American Mideast Conference South Division, won the AMC Tournament, and finished as the NAIA Region IX Tournament runner-up.