Sep 282004
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

The greater volleyball family is showing its support all the way

from California.

The University of the Pacific women’s volleyball team is helping

to raise money for the Janna Klussmann Memorial Fund, a fund set up

in memory of Janna Klussmann, the wife of CSU women’s volleyball

assistant coach Andy Klussmann.

Janna died in a car accident that also injured Andy on June 20

in Wyoming. Janna left behind four children and her husband, who is

still recovering from the accident.

Donations were accepted at Saturday’s match between Pacific and

University of California-Irvine at the Alex G. Spanos Center in

Stockton, Calif.

Seeing a member of a fellow volleyball program in need, three

Pacific seniors; setter Hayley Anderson, outside hitter Joanna

Rentz and middle blocker Sarah Vinall came up with the idea to help

the CSU coach and his family.

“Since we have such strong support from our community here at

Pacific, we, as a team, felt that it is important to reach out and

help Andy Klussmann and his family in their time of need,” Anderson

said in a press release.

Pacific head coach Jayne McHugh said her team supports the

larger volleyball family.

“Helping a member of the volleyball family is something the

Pacific Tigers program believes in,” McHugh said in a press

release. “We feel it is important to recognize the fact that the

volleyball community really is a big family, and we need to be

there to support one another.”

Andy is still recovering from his injuries, but he has made it

to several of the Rams’ matches at Moby Arena this year, including

the match against Pepperdine Sept. 17.

“When I see his face I think we’re going to win,” said CSU

senior setter Melissa Courtney after Saturday’s match.

CSU head coach Tom Hilbert said he is glad to see Klussmann

courtside at some games.

“It’s nice to see Andy walking around,” Hilbert said. “Every

time I see him he looks better.”

 

The Janna Klussmann Memorial Fund

has been established through First National Bank of Fort Collins,

205 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO 80522-0578. Interested donors may

also contact the Pacific volleyball office at 209-946-2389.

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