Volleyball Hosts Concordia Friday For Senior Night

Posted on October 20th, 2016 by

Release by Laura Johnson, Sports Information Intern

ST. PETER, Minn. – After playing five non-conference matches, the Gustavus volleyball team returns to Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Friday as it takes on Concordia College at Gus Young Court. The Gusties enter the match after escaping with a 3-2 victory over Buena Vista on Tuesday, while the Cobbers were most recently shut out by Colorado College on Saturday. Gustavus is 18-6 overall and 6-1 in the MIAC, while Concordia is 8-14 overall and 4-3 in the MIAC.

Live coverage of tomorrow night’s game begins at 6:50 p.m.



As is tradition at Gustavus, the final home regular season night game is designated as Senior Night and a special tribute is made to the individuals who have dedicated themselves to Gustavus volleyball for the past four years. This year, the athletic department, Head Coach Rachelle Sherden, the coaching staff, parents and fans salute the two seniors who have represented the Gustavus volleyball program with pride and class throughout their collegiate careers. This year’s group of seniors includes Janessa Jahnke (Blue Earth, Minn.) and Taylor Trautman (Hutchinson, Minn.).

A native of Blue Earth, Minn., graduate of Blue Earth Area, captain, and varsity outside hitter, Jahnke has played in 49 matches and a total of 162 sets in her career at Gustavus. She has recorded 385 career kills to go along with 53 blocks and 118 digs. The daughter of Dean and Sue Jahnke, Janessa will graduate this spring with a degree in Biology. She is also a Hill Crew executive board member, social media chair of Tri Beta National Biology Honor Society, Direct Service Professional and Certified Nursing Assistant. After graduation Janessa plans on attending PA school.

A native of Hutchinson, Minn., graduate of Hutchinson High School, and varsity right-side hitter, Trautman has played in 79 matches and 289 sets during her Gustavus career. She has compiled 610 kills, which ranks 29th in program history, along with 312 digs and 134 blocks throughout her four years wearing the Black and Gold. Last season, Trautman earned MIAC All-Conference. The daughter of Big Al and Sue Trautman, Taylor will graduate this spring with degrees in Business Management with a focus in Communication Studies. She is also involved with the Gustavus Big Partner and Little Partner program, the Gustavus Women in Leadership organization, is a member of the Senior Week planning committee, and a coach for the St. Peter JO program. After graduation Taylor plans on obtaining a job in marketing or public relations and pursing her MBA.

The Gustavus volleyball team would also like to recognize senior student trainer Cam Jackson for dedicating his time and effort into taking care of the volleyball student-athletes this season.


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