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Prep volleyball star Alyssa Goehner now considering Minnesota

02/12/2014, 1:34pm CST
By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune

The two-time metro player of the year obtained her release from a commitment to attend Marquette after its coach left the school. She visited the Gophers on Wednesday.

It appears that Minnesota high school volleyball star Alyssa Goehner will get the chance to show her stuff in her hometown after all. The only question now appears to be whether she will do it once a year or all season long.

Goehner, who led Lakeville North to two state championships in five varsity seasons, had signed to attend Marquette University. But when the coach who recruited Goehner to Marquette, Bond Shymansky, was named head coach at the University of Iowa, she sought her release from her binding letter of intent. That release was granted Tuesday.

“It’s opening up other opportunities for me and that’s exciting,” said the 5-11 Goehner, the Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year for the past two seasons. She also was named National Player of the Year by prepvolleyball.com as a sophomore and a junior and is a finalist for the award again this year.

Goehner said the two schools of primary interest to her now are Minnesota, for which she has long desired to play, and Iowa, where Shymansky is now coach. She visited Minnesota on Wednesday and was planning on visiting Iowa later in the week.

“The best thing about Marquette was the academic opportunity,” she said. “I like both Iowa and Minnesota. They’re both big state schools. Right now, I like Minnesota. They’ve been really nice and I’ve talked to them a lot. It seems like if I’m going to a state school, it should be in my home state. But I haven’t made a decision yet.”

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