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Environmental engineer making impact on the court

Growing up, Jade Van Streepen '15 played many sports, none bigger than soccer. She initially thought she would play soccer in college. Then Van Streepen moved from California to Texas where she was introduced to volleyball.

The rest is history…

Soccer's loss is Lehigh volleyball's gain. If she hadn't moved, maybe she wouldn't be playing the sport and wouldn't have ended up at Lehigh University, where she's made an impact in an endless number of ways.

There was a time when volleyball was a foreign sport to Van Streepen and she didn't even know where Lehigh was located. Flash forward to 2014 and she's developed into an All-Patriot League player on the court as an environmental engineering major with a 3.88 cumulative GPA in the classroom.

So what was it about Lehigh that made her go to school more than 1,600 miles from her Austin, Texas home?

"I came to Lehigh camp the summer after my junior year then committed a week later," Van Streepen explained. "I loved it so much and fell in love with the campus. I wanted a school with strong academics and knew that I could contribute here."

"Being an engineer from Lehigh gives you huge status points," she added. "I'm also able to do all these other things, so it's a really big benefit that we receive as student-athletes here."

Read the full story on Van Streepen at lehighsports.com.

-Story by Justin Lafleur, Lehigh Sports Media Relations.

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