Former Allen standout among WSC volleyball recruits

Wayne State College head volleyball coach Scott Kneifl announced that Allen native Gabby Sullivan of Iowa Central Community College and Lauren Jacobsen of Wisner-Pilger High School will continue their volleyball careers at Wayne State College in the 2018-19 academic year.

Sullivan is a 5-foot-10 outside hitter who led Iowa Central Community College to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament while posting some of the top hitting statistics in the nation. She accounted for 682 kills, the second-most in the nation, averaging 4.49 kills per set while leading the Tritons to a 32-11 record and a 10th-place finish at nationals. She also averaged 2.55 digs per set and scored 767 points, the second-most in the country.

Sullivan was named AVCA first-team All-American this season, becoming the first Triton player to ever receive first-team All-American honors. She holds single-season school record for kills and attacks along with 43 kills in a single match. During her two years at Iowa Central, Sullivan averaged 3.62 kills and 1.87 digs per set while winning 59 matches and will have two years of eligibility with the Wildcats.

At Allen High School, Sullivan was a three-sport standout in volleyball, basketball and track and field.  She was a three-time All-Lewis and Clark Conference First Team selection in basketball, was first-team All-Conference in volleyball twice and was a Class D state track qualifier three years in the high jump and once in the triple jump, placing seventh in the state as a junior in the high jump. 

“Gabby gives us much needed depth at the outside hitter position,” Kneifl said. “She has been a point scorer everywhere she has played and we are hoping she can continue that trend here at Wayne State. Gabby is a very hard worker who wants the ball in crunch time and we are excited to have her join the Wildcat volleyball family.”

Jacobsen is a 5-foot-10 setter from Wisner-Pilger High School who is a four-year starter and letter winner in volleyball, swimming (Norfolk HS) and track and field for the Gators. 

This season, Jacobsen earned first-team All-East Husker Conference honors and was named to the Norfolk Daily News Elite Eight team, to go with Class C-2 honorable mention All-State, while helping Wisner-Pilger to a 24-9 record. She was an individual state medalist in Class A state swimming as a sophomore, junior and senior and in track and field has placed in the Class C 400-meter dash as a sophomore (seventh) and junior (eighth). 

Jacobsen holds numerous school records in swimming and the 400-meter dash and is a three-year qualifier for the Norfolk Track and Field Classic. She is a Wendy’s Heisman State winner and excels in the classroom earning Academic All-State honors in volleyball, swimming and track and field as a sophomore, junior and senior.

“Lauren is a great athlete that will be able to train in multiple positions here at Wayne State,” commented Kneifl. “She is a multi-sport athlete who is a strong competitor. We look forward to adding her to the competitive culture in our gym.”

Sullivan and Jacobsen join Rachel Walker of Lincoln Southwest High School as members of the 2018 Wildcat recruiting class.

The Wayne Herald

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