By: Avery Booth
Ali Tauchen is a 6’0” junior from Iowa City, Iowa, and was the MIAA Freshman of the year in 2017 and is currently in the top ten in the MIAA in hitting percentage, kills, blocks and service aces.
Tauchen is great on the court but what is she like off the court? While Tauchen is solid on the court, coach Marian Carbin says she is just as good off the hard floor.
“Ali is such a great teammate and person. She is really fun to be around and is so likeable. That makes her a great captain and great player because her teammates know they are going to get the best out of her everyday,” Carbin said.
Carbin and the staff at Missouri Western had been scouting Tauchen since her junior year and knew that they wanted her to be a part of the team.
Tauchen played all four years of volleyball at Iowa City West High School where she also played basketball. During Tauchen’s junior year, she tore her ACL.
Tauchen saw many of her college offers get pulled after she told them she tore her ACL, but Missouri western did not give up on her and kept her offer available.
“Missouri Western didn’t pull their offer, and they were one of the first schools that I visited, so I felt like if they have this much trust in me and they still believe in me then it will be a good fit,” Tauchen said.
Missouri Western has gotten to watch Tauchen play volleyball for two years, this being her third, and Ali likes what Missouri Western has to offer.
“Academically, I feel like I can succeed and all the faculty want to see me succeed. Athletically, Missouri western has great facilities, the coaches are awesome and I love my teammates like family,” Tauchen said.
Tauchen is a biology major with a health science concentration and is minoring in psychology. She doesn’t know what she wants to do when she grows up, but she wants to get into the Health field.
“I have thought about med school, PT, PA or OT after school. I want to be involved with people because its an interest of mine and I like science a lot,” Tauchen said
Tauchen didn’t let an ACL injury derail her volleyball career and has bounced back with authority.
Tauchen and Missouri Western defeated Pittsburgh State 3-0 on Thursday night and face Missouri Southern on Thursday, Oct. 5.