Last year’s UNK volleyball senior class was perhaps one of the most successful to come through the program.
A group that led the Lopers to four consecutive regular season Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Championships and four National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament appearances, their on-the-court accolades speak for themselves.
The five seniors of 2011 have certainly left an impression that will keep the team in line for a successful future.
“I think we all just hoped to leave a mark on a program that has given so much to us during our time here,” said Katlyn Heiserman, the senior libero for the Lopers.
Off the court, the seniors have performed academically in ways that will set them up for success in their own lives as well, as four of the five athletes will be attending graduate school next fall.
Jeri Walkowiak, a Grand Island native, will be attending Washburn University for graduate school and will be the graduate assistant for the volleyball team there.
She is an exercise science major at UNK and hopes to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree from Washburn.
At UNK, Walkowiak earned two American Volleyball Coach’s Association All-American awards. She made the All-RMAC team all four years and was a two-time All-RMAC player of the year.
“Being a part of the UNK volleyball team has helped prepare me for graduate school because I have learned time commitment and organization,” Walkowiak said.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to be a part of the same team aspect and bringing some of what I’ve learned as a Loper to
Elkhorn native Cola Svec will stay around as she recently accepted the graduate assistant position for the UNK volleyball team. She will be working toward her Master in Business Administration, her current major. Business administration is her current major.
Svec was also a two-time All-American and three-time RMAC setter of the year. She was All-RMAC all four years as well.
“I just hope to continue to lead this team as a graduate assistant since I have grown so close to the girls and the program in general,” Svec said.
Katlyn Heiserman, from Manchester, Iowa, was accepted into graduate school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She will be entering into the physical therapy program after majoring in exercise science at UNK.
Heiserman was an All-American and the RMAC defensive player of the year her senior year. She was also a member of the All-RMAC team in her junior and senior years.