The greater volleyball family is showing its support all the way
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
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.