August 5, 2022
NORTH SIOUX CITY, SD - MVP United Volleyball Club is the premier volleyball club of the Siouxland area and has had great athletes come out of its works with 94 athletes going on to compete in college over the last decade. Two athletes have recently taken their talents overseas with Alexis Conaway (2014 graduate) having completed her final professional season in Germany and Kenzie Foley (2020 graduate) having played for Beyond Sports Organization in Italy for a couple of weeks.
Alexis Conaway was a stand-out athlete for MOC-Floyd Valley in volleyball, basketball and track-and-field. She played for MVP her senior season and took her talents to Iowa State University where she was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and awarded an Academic All-American. Following college, Conaway went abroad for 3 seasons, competing for LiigaPloki Club in Pihtipudas, Finland for the 2019-20 season, Rote Raben in Vilsbiburg, Germany for the 2020-21 season, and VC Neuwied in Neuwied, Germany for the 2021-22 season.
"Playing volleyball overseas was the most challenging, yet rewarding experience I've ever had. I grew not only as an athlete, but as a person as I navigated different cultures and environments, coming away with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. I am forever grateful for this amazing sport and the vast opportunities that came along with it!" states Alexis Conaway.
Kenzie Foley was also a decorated multi-sport athlete coming out of Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School, having made appearances at the Iowa State High School Softball and Volleyball Tournaments. She was an athlete for MVP United for 4 seasons, most notably a part of the 2020 18 Red squad that took 3rd Place at the AAU National Championships and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She joined the St. Cloud State University Volleyball Team in the fall of 2020 and immediately made an impact at the collegiate level. She was named the AVCA Division II National Freshman of the Year, AVCA Central Region Region Freshman of the Year, and NSIC Freshman of the Year last season and will be entering her sophomore year this fall.
Foley recently played for Beyond Sports this summer, where she went abroad for two weeks competing in and experiencing the country of Italy. Italy is one of the top countries in the world for men's and women's indoor volleyball. Her sport tour included stops in Rome, Florence, Venice and Lake Como as well as playing a number of semi-professional teams with her teammates from various Division III and NAIA colleges. "It was so fun to play volleyball with a fantastic group of girls while getting to explore Italy! It doubled as a way to get extra reps in during the summer and having an International experience," stated Foley.