Klein Signs Pro Contract in Poland

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • July 18, 2014 03:21 PM
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Elzbieta Klein takes an attempt against Iowa State during the 2012 season. 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The professional volleyball club BKS ALUPROF Bielsko-Biala located in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, announced earlier this week the signing of former West Virginia University volleyball player Elzbieta Klein to a professional contract.
Klein, a native of Gdynia, Poland, played two seasons for WVU after transferring from Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. Klein totaled more than 200 career kills and more than 100 career digs for the Mountaineers.
“I am so excited that I can play in my country and compete against the best teams in Poland,” says Klein. “I’m looking forward to improving my volleyball skills and seeing what the future brings me in Poland.”
“I believe it is a compliment to Elzbieta and our program that her hard work at WVU, and every volleyball environment proceeding her time here, has led her to become a professional volleyball player,” says WVU coach Jill Kramer. “She’s the first of many in our program. I am very proud of her continuing to follow her dreams.” 
Klein recorded a career-high 14 kills and a .367 hitting percentage in a win over Toledo on Sept. 1, 2013. She received her master’s degree in communications this past May. While at Colby Community College, she registered 514 kills and 255 digs in just 126 sets played. She finished the season ranked No. 5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) with 4.08 kills per set.
“Continuing your career as a professional volleyball player is a bit different than in sports like football, basketball or baseball. Like soccer, volleyball is a sport that is played more worldwide than in the United States,” Kramer says. “There have been quite a few attempts in the past 30 years to create a professional league for both sand and indoor volleyball in the United States, but none of them have been able to stick around. Until the right formula for a professional volleyball league in the United States is put together, our volleyball players’ opportunities are overseas.”