Created: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 8:54 am

Southwestern women's volleyball team traveled to Graceland Saturday for the 26th Annual Graceland University JV/Community College invitational.  The women's team went two and two in play bringing their season record to two wins and three losses.

The Spartans faced Wentworth Military Academy for their first match of the day and won two games to none.  The Scores were 25-15, and 25-17. Leading the way in kills was Sophomore Josey Ellis with seven and followed by Sophomore Blake Sullivan with six. Freshman Katelyn Coyle and Sophomore Amber Thomas lead the team in aces with two each. Coyle also lead the team in assists with 15. Ellis was the leader in digs as well with seven and Freshman Kruse was second with four. Freshman Sam Weed lead the team in blocks with two.


Created: Thursday, September 1, 2011 8:20 am


Southwestern Women’s Volleyball team opened up their season play Wednesday night against Southeast Nebraska Community College with a loss. The Spartans dropped the first and second games of the match 14-25, 23-25, but came back to win the third game 26-24.  The fourth game went to the Storm as they won 21-25.

The team was led in kills by Blake Sullivan and Josey Ellis with 12. 

Megan Simms and Amber Thomas both finished with five kills. Freshman Mariah Kruse led the team with 25 digs.  Ellis was second on the team with 16, and freshman Kaley Folkerts finished with 15 digs. Freshman Katelyn Coyle was leading assist maker for the Spartans finishing with 35. Simms led the team in aces for the evening with two.  Both Kruse and Thomas served 100 percent for the evening.  Kruse was 20 for 20 and Thomas was eight for eight.

Southwestern travels to Graceland Saturday for tournament play.  They will have their season opener on September 7 when they will play Ellsworth Community College.


Created: Monday, May 16, 2011 7:54 am


Mariah Kruse, a senior volleyball standout from East Union High School, has committed to joining Southwestern Community College’s volleyball team for the fall 2011 season.

Kruse, a 5' 5" hitter, was named third team all-state, all conference for three years, and named all district for two years.  She has also done well off the court, being named to the National Honor Society.

Kruse is the daughter of Lynn and Judy Kruse of Afton.  She plans to earn her associate of arts degree for college transfer while attending SWCC.


Created: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:07 am


Last week, Assistant SWCC Volleyball Coach Rita Schroeder was on the road recruiting for the Spartans 2011 volleyball roster.

Schroeder didn’t have to go far to find Katelyn Coyle, a 5’5” setter/defensive specialist from Lewis Central High School.  Coyle, of Council Bluffs, played on the Attack volleyball club team.  She will be an arts and science transfer student at SWCC and plans to major in pre-veterinary medicine.

SWCC’s most recent recruit, 5’10” Caleigh Fowler, comes to SWCC from Georgia.  Fowler’s high school coach is Jodi Dowden, who was an assistant volleyball coach for Schroeder at SWCC from 2001 to 2004.  Fowler, a middle hitter/right side will graduate from Troup High School in LaGrange, GA, this spring.  She played club volleyball for the Southwest Georgia Volleyball Club under the direction of Dowden, earned all-region honors, and was a scholar athlete.

Fowler will study for her associate of arts degree at SWCC.  She is the daughter of Kim Fowler and the granddaughter of Pam Bruce.

SWCC’s head coach for the 2011 volleyball season is Melissa Blessington.  Currently, Blessington is overseas completing a master’s degree program in Durham City, England.  She will arrive at SWCC this summer.