YORK – York multi-sport standout Aleah Rosenau has decided - a Lion she shall be.
Not just any lion, though. The Duke senior has chosen the Lindenwood University Lions in St. Charles, Mo., for both its academics and athletics.
Rosenau signed her official paperwork in front of the News-Times camera Tuesday with her parents, Perry and Jane, and Coach Kayla Makovicka looking on.
Rosenau said a college search came up with that as an optimum choice for both volleyball and her chosen course of study, fashion design.
She will play for Ron Young who coaches both the men and women in volleyball at Lindenwood. Young has 11 seasons with the women. He is 309-111 for his career with the ladies, a record that includes seven conference championships.
The Lions have just taken a big step up from NAIA to NCAA Division II and have joined the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Lindenwood plays at the same NCAA level as do the UNK Lopers, who in fact hosted the Lions last month in Kearney.
The 6-footer started four years in volleyball at York High, where she also played basketball and competed in track and field. In the latter her events include hurdles, long jump, high jump and the 4x100 sprint relay.
She will play outside hitter at Lindenwood, the same position she anchored as a Duke. This season Rosenau helped lead the Dukes to the program’s first state tournament appearance since 1989.
A recruiting service helped identify Lindenwood as an ideal match for Rosenau’s unique collegiate requirements. She attended a camp on campus this summer and found the school much to her liking. The feeling was mutual and the deal was struck.
Makovicka sees lots of college potential in Rosenau.
“She led us in most statistics this year,” said the York coach, “breaking her own record in kills.”
The coach confirmed that, remarkably, Rosenau did not sit out a single set the entire season, but rather appeared in 94 out of 94.
That new program record for kills in a season? Rosenau set the mark at 326. She had 59 aces this season, 39 blocks and 198 digs.
Makovicka said when she took the job two seasons ago she heard Rosenau was talented and athletic. She was that and more in 2011 as a junior.
Then came 2012 and her senior season.
“She seemed to make an extra step,” Makovicka said, “to be even better this year.”