Aug. 15, 2006
Former Eastern Washington University volleyball and basketball standout Janelle Ruen from Post Falls, Idaho, is expected to ring the opening bell Thursday morning (Aug. 17) at the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York City.
Ruen is in New York competing in this week's Brooklyn Open on Coney Island as she continues to make a splash in her first season on the American Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Beach Volleyball Tour. She and teammate Jennifer Snyder are now seeded in the top 20 on the tour, and have finished 13th four times since opening the season in early April with a seeding of 37th and a finish of 41st in the first tournament they competed in.
Ruen and Snyder, who previously played at Long Beach State, are 24-19 this season. At the Santa Barbara open in May, they defeated AVP top-ranked competitors Misty May and Kerri Walsh 23-21 in the first game, but dropped the next two games 21-13 and 15-6.
Ruen now resides in Newport Beach, Calif., after playing four years of volleyball and three years of basketball at EWU. In both 2001 and 2002 she was honored as the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters Female Athlete of the Year.
A 1999 graduate of Post Falls High School, Ruen is featured in this month's "Dig Magazine," the official magazine for the AVP Tour.
More on Ruen at EWU . . .
A multi-sport standout in volleyball and basketball, Ruen was honored in both 2001 and 2002 as the Inland Northwest Female Athlete of the Year by the Spokane Sportswriters and Broadcasters. Ruen completed her final year in volleyball as the 2002 Big Sky Conference MVP in leading Eastern to a 29-2 record and the Big Sky Conference regular season championship. In addition, she became the only Eagle volleyball player to record more than 1,100 kills and 1,100 digs in her career. She finished her career ranked 12th in Big Sky history and third at EWU in career digs with 1,298, and her 1,268 kills ranked second all-time in school history. The 2002 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Pacific Region honorable mention played in every Eagle volleyball match since her freshman season, playing in a total of 417 games. Eastern won 93 of those 120 matches for an impressive winning percentage of .778. Her 419 kills and 3.92 average per game in 2002 ranked fifth in school history, as well as her 415 digs and 3.88 average per game. She also ranked high in other EWU career categories as well, including kills per game (3.04/fifth), digs per game (3.88/fifth), hitting percentage (.253/sixth), hitting attempts (3,212/third) and service aces (140/second). In addition to her conference MVP honor, for the second-straight year Ruen was a first team All-Big Sky and All-Big Sky Tournament selection. She also won four Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors in 2002 and seven in her career, and won a total of seven all-tournament honors in her career. She became the first female athlete at EWU to receive All-Big Sky honors in two sports in the same year when she was an honorable mention selection in basketball in the 2000-2001 season after earning second team All-Big Sky honors in volleyball in the fall. In 56 career games in basketball, she averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 assists while making 49.3 percent of her field goal attempts and 70.6 percent of her free throws. In the 2002-03 season, Ruen helped Eastern to a 17-12 record representing Eastern's most wins since 1988 and a six-game improvement over the previous season. She earned Verizon Academic All-District VIII honors as a senior in volleyball when she was also selected as a 2002 Sports Illustrated "Face in the Crowd." She earned seven Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors, including four in volleyball and three in basketball.
Ruen's EWU Volleyball Honors
2002 Inland Northwest Female Athlete of the Year
2002 AVCA All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention
2002 Big Sky All-Tournament Team
2002 Big Sky Conference MVP
2002 First Team All-Big Sky
2002 Verizon Academic All-District VIII
2002 Sports Illustrated "Face in the Crowd"
2002 Boise State Fall Invitational MVP
2002 Jacksonville University All-Tournament
2002 University of Georgia All-Tournament
2001 First Team All-Big Sky
2001 Big Sky Tournament MVP
2001 Big Sky All-Academic
2001 Inland Northwest Female Athlete of the Year
2001 Maine Sea-Sun Opener Invitational MVP
2001 University of Oregon Invitational MVP
2001 EWU MVP
2000 Second Team All-Big Sky
2000 Big Sky All-Academic
2000 Boise State Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament
2000 EWU Most Improved
1999 Big Sky All-Academic
Seven-Time Big Sky Player of the Week
Ruen's EWU Basketball Honors
2000-01 Honorable Mention All-Big Sky in Basketball
2000-01 Big Sky All-Academic in Basketball
1999-00 Big Sky All-Academic in Basketball