Cassie Busse to play professionally in Puerto Rico

Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Year Cassie Busse of Prior Lake has accepted an invitation to play professional volleyball for the Corozal Pinkin Volleyball Club in Puerto Rico. The league's preseason will begin on Jan. 11, and the regular season starts Jan. 14 and runs through March 7.

Busse joins other notable former Golden Gopher volleyball players who also play overseas in professional volleyball leagues. That list currently includes Stephanie Hagen (Portugal), Katrien DeDecker (Belgium), Sonja Posthuma (Holland) and Nicole Branagh (Italy).

Lindsey Berg has been training with the U.S. National Team. Berg will find out if she will be included on the U.S. Olympic Team's roster later this year when the national team's final roster for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece is announced.

Busse gained national recognition this season by receiving AVCA First-Team All-American honors and Big Ten Player of the Year honors. During the NCAA Tournament she was also named the Pacific Region's Most Outstanding Player, and also garnered Final Four All-Tournament honors after recording 23 kills against the eventual national champion USC.

She also finished her career ranked sixth on the Minnesota kills list with 1,502. Busse also became only the fourth player in school history to record over 600 kills, recording the fifth-highest total in school history at 614.

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