Tiger volleyball nabs another hitter in Lynnville-Sully’s Cullen

Lynnville-Sully’s volleyball team went 10-15 this past season, while the Hawks’ basketball squad advanced to the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament last month.

Senior Cassie Cullen was the best player on both squads and even though she is likely known more around the state for her efforts on the hardwood, it is volleyball that Cullen will play in college after she inked a National Letter of Intent with Marshalltown Community College on Wednesday.

“Cassie is a tremendous athlete,” MCC coach Chris Brees said. “Her athletic ability will fit in nicely with our program here at MCC. As a middle hitter, Cassie will be able to step in and contribute right away for us.”

Even though the Hawks’ volleyball team won just 10 games last season, Cullen still shined in several different spots on the floor.

She was far and away the team leader in kills with 251 and also led the team in digs with 205 and blocks with 20 and was the co-team leader in aces with 38.

Cullen, who also competes on the Lynnville-Sully track and field squad, led the Hawks’ basketball squad to the state tournament this past season after averaging a team-best 14 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. She had a team-high 22 blocks.

“With the addition of Cassie,” Brees added, “and the rest of our signing class so far, we’re all very excited for what 2014 will bring. Cassie is the all-around athlete that we needed.”

Cullen joins Karissa Wilcoxson of Ottumwa High School as Brees’ first two signings for the upcoming season.

MCC won 22 times in 2013, the most victories in the program since 2005.

The Tigers will make the jump to NJCAA Division I status beginning in 2014.