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Spartans sign two for volleyball

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 11:20 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 11:22 a.m. CDT

Melissa Blessington, Southwestern Community College head volleyball coach, has added two more players to her 2013-14 volleyball roster.

Shelby Sullivan of Minden and Allyson Kocour of Manning will be donning Spartan jerseys starting with the fall 2013 semester.

Sullivan, a senior at Tri-Center Neola, is a four-year letter winner in volleyball. She was named first team all-district and played in the Southwest Iowa All-Star game. She was a first team all-conference selection her sophomore, junior, and senior years and a member of the All-Southwest Iowa First Team her junior and senior years.

Standing at 6-foot-1, Sullivan is a left-handed right side hitter. She is a member of the River City Juniors Club team in Omaha. Sullivan, an all-around athlete, lettered in basketball and was named all-conference honorable mention. She also lettered in soccer and softball. Sullivan has been on the honor roll all four years of high school.

“We are excited to have Shelby as part of our team,” Blessington stated. “She is a powerful hitter on the right side and a strong blocker, but she also sets and does a great job in the back row.”

Blessington coached Sullivan’s sister, Blake, when she attended SWCC from 2010-12.

Kocour, a senior at IKM-Manning high school, is a very versatile player who has played outside and setter, according to Blessington. She plays for the Impact Volleyball Club in Omaha as a right side hitter.

Kocour has been a three-year letter winner for volleyball and was named first-team all-conference her junior and senior years. She was named to the all-district team her junior year and was named offensive most valuable player her junior and senior years.

Kocour led her team in assists and was second in kills. She was selected to play in the Southwest Iowa All-Star Match last fall. She has been playing USA club volleyball for four years and AAU volleyball since she was in the sixth grade.

Blessington said Kocour has a great volleyball I.Q.

“What I love about watching Allyson play is that she may not be the one on her team with the most kills, but she does a great job putting the ball away when the kill is needed,” Blessington explained. “Having played on the right side in club has been very beneficial to her because she has become a strong blocker and is able to show her ability to set the ball as well.”

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