Mandy Sifferlen Signs with A.O Markopoulo
MARKOPOULO, Greece – Mandy Sifferlen, who graduated from Holy Cross in May of 2017, has signed a one-year contract with the A.O Markopoulo Volleyball Team located in Markopoulo, Greece, a suburban town of Athens.
With help from Elitevolley.com, an agency run by Ryan Jay Owens, Sifferlen was able to find a professional team abroad after playing four seasons as a Crusader. After confirming the contract information with A.O Markopoulo Saturday, July 29, Sifferlen was able to announce her plans to play for the team for one season.
“I cannot wait to learn and play at the professional level! Holy Cross volleyball, Coach Smoose, Coach Buggs and my teammates have helped me develop and grow into the player I am today. I am also looking forward to being completely immersed into a new culture. Exploring the language, nature, people and history of Greece is going to be both enlightening and humbling,” Sifferlen said.
During her time as a Crusader, Sifferlen broke the school record for single-season kills during the 2016 season. In 2015, Sifferlen recorded 410 kills, ranking second overall behind Megan Lynch. Sifferlen went on to break the record from 2010 posting 497 kills during her senior season in 2016. Sifferlen also holds the single-season record for average kills per set at 4.97.
The outside hitter was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor all fours years, earned Academic All-Patriot League honors three times and received the Crusader of the Year award in 2017. In addition, Sifferlen was featured in an NCAA article about the best athletic performances from 2016.
Sifferlen will leave for Greece at the end of August and begin preseason training. Games will start in October in the A1 Ethniki division. You can follow her adventures at fb.me/mandysifferlenvolley or search #mandysifferlenvolley.