Aug. 1, 2011
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State head coach Deanne Scanlon has announced the addition of Allyssa DeHaan to the Laker volleyball program for the 2011 season. DeHaan, a former four-year star basketball player at Michigan State, will participate in fall training camp and be available to play one year of volleyball for GVSU, which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2010. The tallest player in MSU women's basketball history, DeHaan, who stands 6'9", ranks second all-time in Division I with 503 career blocks.
A four-time All-Big Ten selection and a four-time member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team, DeHaan excelled on the basketball court for Michigan State. She became the fifth Spartan to be named an All-American, earning honorable mention laurels from the Associated Press after her senior season. The first-ever MSU player to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, DeHaan finished her career with 503 blocked shots, the most in Michigan State and Big Ten history.
"Allyssa has a high-level of athletic experience, having played at the highest level in Big Ten basketball. Even though she'll be playing a different sport, I'm sure her experience will transfer over," Scanlon described. "After losing some great leaders from last year's senior class, Allyssa's experience - both in athletics and life, in general - will blend in well with our team. She is an elite level athlete and obviously her height is her biggest asset. We're confident she'll pick up the sport again fairly quickly."
DeHaan leaves Michigan State ranked fourth all-time in career points (1,649) and rebounds (919) and is one of just three Spartans to place in the top-five of both categories. She also ranks third in MSU history in made field goals (640) and made free throws (351), and seventh in free throw percentage (79.8%), finishing her career with four-year averages of 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game.
The 2005 Michigan Miss Basketball award winner at Grandville High School, DeHaan also played two years of volleyball for the Bulldogs, earning honorable mention all-conference honors. A human biology major, DeHaan graduated with her degree from MSU and will take graduate courses at Grand Valley State.
GVSU volleyball advanced to its eighth appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight last season, with all eight national tournament berths coming since 2000. The Lakers finished the year with a 26-7 overall record and went 17-2 in GLIAC play. DeHaan joins a young team, as the roster features 14 combined freshmen and sophomores and just five upperclassmen. Despite the youthful Laker roster, Grand Valley State returns three starters from last year's team and five players that played in all 33 matches.