Notre Dame de Namur sets up Kleven with volleyball future

April 22, 2017

Emma Kleven volleyball

Emma Kleven

Worried that she wouldn’t be seen by college volleyball coaches, Emma Kleven of Anchorage jumped on a plane and went clubbing.

The 18-year-old spent many long weekends in Portland, Oregon, over the last two winters playing club volleyball for the Portland Waves.

“Going out of state was what put me over the edge,” she told me. “Going to those tournaments, where the play is so much faster, it really makes you step up your game to reach that level.”

The all-state setter used the experience as a stepping stone to the next level.

Kleven, of South High fame, has signed with Notre Dame de Namur University, a NCAA D2 school in Belmont, California.

“Playing out of state for club this year and last year was a huge opportunity and it got me way more exposure,” Kleven said. “My coach from that club connected me with the coach from Notre Dame and the coach came and watched me.”

She was able to fly so much because her mom works for Alaska Airlines.

“It’s just easier for me to get back and forth,” she said. “I would usually miss a Friday or Monday of school.”

A week after the South volleyball team lost the Class 4A state championship final last November, she was on a plane to Portland.

“Playing out of state for club this year and last year was a huge opportunity and it got me way more exposure,” Kleven said. “My coach from that club connected me with the coach from Notre Dame and the coach came and watched me.”