Local v’ball alums shine
The 1999 collegiate volleyball season has been kind to three alumni of the Aspen Junior Volleyball Club, with all three helping their teams to solid seasons.
Katie Vagneur, a senior at Colorado State University and a former standout for Aspen High School, co-captained a Rams squad that finished second in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) with a 25-2 record. The Rams trailed only BYU in league standings as they posted their best record ever.
Vagneur, an outside hitter, started her career at CSU by winning Western Athletic Conference (now the MWC) freshman of the year honors in 1996. Last year, in addition to being named to the all-conference team, Vagneur was honored as the WAC player of the year.
Stephanie Teeters, a sophomore at Taylor University in Ohio, was raised in Avon but competed with the Aspen Junior Volleyball Club. A two-year starter at outside hitter for Taylor, Teeters helped her team to a second-place finish in the Great Lakes Conference (NAIA). With that finish, Taylor received an automatic bid to the NAIA playoffs, where the team qualified for the final rounds of the tourney.
Michelle Youngling, a freshman at John Brown University in New Orleans, has been in the starting lineup since the team’s regular outside hitter missed the second game of the season with the flu. Youngling finished her initial campaign as the team’s third-leading hitter and second-leading defensive specialist and helped John Brown to the championship of the Sooner Athletic Conference and second place in the NAIA regionals.
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