Simpson Player of the Week: Kelly Tycksen

Simpson University Sports News


Redding, Calif. - Four-year Simpson University athlete, Kelly Tycksen has made a huge impact in the women’s volleyball program. With a different coach every year, the team has looked to Tycksen for her positivity and leadership on and off the court. She leads the team in assists, averaging eight per set with a total of 432, and is currently ranked fourth in the California Pacific Conference in assists per set and 12th in digs per set. This past week Tycksen had 30 assists and eight digs in the Red Hawks’ win over conference rival William Jessup University, and she had 41 assists and 18 digs in Simpson’s loss to UC Merced.

Along with athletic achievements at Simpson, Tycksen has also accomplished a successful academic career. Her academic awards include making the Dean’s List and being named a 2012 NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

“Volleyball has impacted my life in so many different levels,” said Tycksen. “It has made me to be the woman I am today. It has been a blessing to me and has led me to meet so many new people and friends. I moved to a whole new state because of it and it led me to meeting my future husband! It has taught me discipline, responsibility, loyalty to the people around me, leadership, and it has taught me about family. I have grown up playing volleyball and have loved every moment of it! I am sad that this is my last year but I know that volleyball will be in my life for a while through coaching camps; it has truly impacted me in a way I never expected.”


Story by Nichole Jones

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