Forum staff reports, Published August 22 2009
College Volleyball Preview: MSU MOORHEAD
Sussenguth led the team in blocks last season with 1.02 blocks per game. Outside hitter Laura Tvrdik, a 6-0 senior, ranked second on the team last year with 2.83 kills per game.
“You are going to see a strong hitting team,” Dragons coach Tammy Blake-Kath said.
Sussenguth, Tvrdik and junior setter Leigh Splittstoesser are the three returning starters for MSUM.
Junior middle hitter Kristen Kleven, a 6-2 middle hitter, is a transfer from North Dakota State.
Blake-Kath said outside hitter Heidi Lensing has the potential to be freshman of the year in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Dragons are
a preseason pick to finish seventh in the NSIC.
“We’re kind of inexperienced in a lot of ways,” Blake-Kath said. “So it’s kind of just how fast we learn. ... We’re that dark horse team that you just never know. I think that we have a lot of potential.”
E Leigh Splittstoesser, Jr., setter
E Mary Sussenguth, Sr., middle hitter
E Laura Tvrdik, Jr., outside hitter
E Kristen Kleven, Jr., middle hitter
E Nicole Buysse, So., outside hitter
E Keri Dowzak, Sr., middle, outside hitter
E Ashley Pyfferoen, Jr., outside hitter
E Katy Ness, Fr., defensive speciliast
E Andrea Rachel, So., defensive speciliast
E Allie Knutsen, Fr., defensive specialist
E Heidi Lensing, Fr., middle, outside hitter