Former Northwood Standout Lana Sorokina Named Assistant Volleyball Coach

Lana Sorokina played at Northwood from 2004-07.
Lana Sorokina played at Northwood from 2004-07.

MIDLAND, MICH. – The Northwood University volleyball program has announced the hiring of Lana Sorokina as assistant coach.

Sorokina replaces Emily Lucas, who resigned earlier this month to take a position at the University of Michigan.

A familiar face for Northwood volleyball fans, Sorokina was a four-year standout for the Timberwolves from 2004-07. She finished her distinguished career with 1,299 kills and 1,021 digs, standing as one of just five players in school history with over 1,000 kills and digs for her career (Pavla Melicharova, Romana Moravkova, Dena Zizkova, Joan Frysinger). A First Team All-GLIAC honoree in 2007, Sorokina ranked fourth in the conference in kills (4.5 per set), second in aces (0.5 per set) and third in points (5.24 per set) that season.

At the conclusion of her playing career, Sorokina played professionally in Europe both indoors and on the beach circuit for over six years. She spent three years with Clamart in France before spending single seasons in Menora, Spain and Stod, Norway. Sorkina finished her career playing on the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) beach world tour for a year and a half.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Lana back to the Northwood volleyball team," said head coach David Shumaker. "She brings a wealth of experience—both as a collegiate and professional volleyball player.  Lana brings an infectious love for the game and for the mind-set it takes to compete at the top levels of the game.  She will be a great asset to our athletes."