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.


Created: Monday, May 2, 2011 9:04 am

Marie MapelhorstVolleyball standout Marie Wapelhorst of Scribner, NE, was selected as SWCC’s Female Athlete/Scholar of the Year. Wapelhorst was selected as NJCAA Region XI Academic All-Region First Team for the 2010 season.  She will graduate with her associate of arts degree in May 2011.

Read more in SWCC Names Athletes of the Year.

Created: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:07 am


Photo L to R: Front row, Sam Weed and Kaley Folkerts. Back row, Shannon and Don Weed, Rita Schroeder, assistant SWCC volleyball coach, and Deb Bonde, Bedford High School volleyball coach.

Sam Weed
Bedford High School
2011 Graduate

Position: 5'10" middle hitter

Kaley Folkerts
Bedford High School
2011 Graduate

Position: 5'5" outside hitter