CHS grad bringing leadership to college team

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer

Newman University coach Mo Rohleder said former Clovis High standout Jessica Hohn brings more to the team than skill.

“She brings a lot of energy,” she said, “and leadership.”

Hohn, a 6-foot junior outside hitter, helped the NCAA Division II school in Wichita, Kan., to a 19-16 record and an 8-5 mark in the Heartland Conference in 2006.

Rohleder said Hohn has become a more complete player since arriving on campus three years ago.

“She didn’t really play back row, and her serving skills needed some improvement,” Rohleder said. “But now she has a more complete game.”

Hohn was integral to the Lady Wildcats’ success from 2001-03 when they went to the Class 5A state tournament in each season, according to Clovis volleyball coach Darrel Ray.

“She was a strong piece to have on any team,” Ray said. “She was very athletic and you could tell she was a late bloomer.”

Hohn shared the spotlight with Monique Walker and Brittany Blackmon during her time at Clovis. Walker is playing volleyball for Division I South Carolina State while Blackmon is playing basketball at South Plains Junior College in South Plains, Texas.

“That was one of my favorite times playing volleyball,” Hohn said of her high school days. “And I still keep in contact with them.”

After bouncing around between majors, Hohn settled on secondary education. She plans to be a junior high or high school teacher.

After recently coaching a club volleyball team, Hohn also has other plans.

“I coached the club team and I really liked it,” she said. “I’m hoping to get into coaching.”

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