New Rock Bridge volleyball player good fit for team

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 8:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —  Hannah Krogman has had her fair share of cities to call home throughout her childhood.

The junior outside hitter for the Rock Bridge volleyball team was born in Brookfield, Wis., lived in Southlake, Texas, for four years, then moved to Georgetown, Texas, before moving back to Wisconsin in the fifth grade.

This past summer, Krogman moved again, this time to Columbia because her family wanted to be closer to Hannah’s siblings Megan and Matt, who attend MU.

“I’ve definitely moved around a lot in my childhood,” Krogman said. “But I should stay put for the final two years of high school.”

While in Wisconsin, Krogman played for the volleyball club Milwaukee Sting. Her club qualified for the club nationals in the 16-year-old division. Krogman didn’t know at the time that some of her teammates at Rock Bridge were also there playing for Club CoMo.

“It was a huge complex, so I didn’t get to meet any of them at the competition,” Krogman said. “It’s still crazy to think that we were in the same gym.”

Krogman is one of two newcomers to the Rock Bridge team, which won 27 games last year. The other newcomer, Yonne Nasimiyu, said she has high expectations for Krogman this year.

“Hannah is really nice and outgoing, and she is always encouraging people,” Nasimiyu said. “I’m really excited to see her getting more playing time.”

Bruins coach Robin Sherman said Krogman has a lot to offer to an already talented team.

“The fact that Hannah was at nationals proves the level of talent she has,” Sherman said. "I think she is really going to help us out this year.”

Krogman was quick to point out that her new teammates and new coach were fast to welcome her to the team and act like she has been there for years.

“Everyone has been so great and welcoming,” Krogman said. “The seniors have been really helpful, and coach Sherman has been great. I have made a bunch of friends.”

While Krogman has already become assimilated into the Rock Bridge team, she has yet to join a club in Columbia.

“For now I am doing my research on the clubs in the area,” Krogman said. “My club was really talented in Wisconsin, and I hope to find a really good club here.”

While she is only a junior, Krogman plans on making an impact on the team this season.

“My personal goal is to be someone that the team can count on, whether it is on the court or on the sideline,” Krogman said. “If anyone falls down I want to be the person that picks them up and gets her back on her feet.”

Krogman also played softball competitively in Wisconsin, but now she can only play volleyball because both sports are played during the fall season in Missouri.

“I’ve been playing softball my whole life, so it was hard to give it up,” Krogman said. “But I love volleyball, and I really didn’t want to quit.”

When Krogman isn’t playing volleyball, she likes drawing and hunting and fishing with her brother.

“My grandmother has some private property that we like to hunt on,” Krogman said. “But to be honest, there isn’t anything I don’t like to do. I’m up for anything.”

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