Bulldog Hall of Fame
Karen (Volkers) Keller Karen (Volkers) Keller
Women's Volleyball, 1987-90

One of only two FSU women's volleyball players to ever be named GLIAC Player of the Year, Keller twice earned the honor (1989-90) as she registered 1,642 career kills and 597 total blocks during her FSU career. A second-team 1990 All-America pick, Keller ranks second in total blocks, fifth in total kills and fourth in attack percentage (.283) on Ferris' career charts. The two-time (1989-90) All-Great Lakes Region standout was named the region's Most Valuable Player in 1990. Keller, who twice (1989-90) received first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors, garnered FSU Most Valuable Player Award recognition in 1990 after guiding Ferris to a 36-6 overall record and a school-record 16-0 league mark. During her Bulldog career, the 6-1 middle blocker led FSU to a 125-40 (.758) cumulative ledger, three league championships and three NCAA-II National Tournament appearances under head coach Jill Hirschinger. The 1990 academic all-conference honoree was a second-team all-league choice in 1988. Keller, a native of Wayland, led FSU in solo blocks three times (1988-90) and twice (1989-90) was the school's seasonal kills leader. She also compiled the team's top block assists mark for two seasons (1989-90) and the squad's best attack percentage three times (1988-90). In Keller's four seasons as a Bulldog, Ferris registered a 41-5 (.891) record and posted three undefeated home seasons at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena. Keller continues to rank among the program's top all-time single-season performers in kills, attack percentage and block assists. She was an honorable mention all-state and three-time all-region volleyball recipient in addition to being a Class B all-state basketball performer at Wayland High School. Keller, who has coached high school volleyball since her playing days, currently resides in Hudsonville with her husband, Dennis, and three children.

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