- Ally Mansfield
- Contributing Writer
“No pain, no gain” is a common phrase used in athletics.
For Jessica Marut (freshman, business) of Painesville, Ohio, the phrase is even truer.
Playing since sixth grade, Marut was recruited for the volleyball team here at Indiana University of Pennsylvania after winning awards such as Most Defensive Player from 2011-2014 and New Herald Player of the Week in 2013 and 2014. It’s no wonder that coach Scott Pennewill is impressed by the defensive specialist.
Fortunately, IUP is as good of a fit for Marut as she is for it.
“I wanted a big school,” Marut said.
Her father, an Edinboro University alumnus, was a major connection in her process of finding a school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Averaging eight kills per game and standing at 5-foot-6, she is certainly hitting it off with her new team.
“I talked to the volleyball coach, and everything just fell into place,” Marut said.
Marut added that she and her father are very close and she considers him to be her biggest inspiration.
He has always been supportive of her volleyball career, as well as her decisions off the court.
Marut is currently enrolled as an undecided business major because she can’t choose between her two dreams.
“It would be cool to manage a company in New York City or California,” she said, “but I also kind of want to coach college volleyball.”
This notable newcomer, as well as the rest of IUP’s volleyball team, begins her season Friday in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. against Notre Dame College of Ohio.