Volleyball Coach Injured in Freak Accident

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Wayne State's head volleyball coach is scheduled for surgery in Omaha after a freak accident last week in New York City.

Sports information director Mike Grosz and athletic director Eric Schoh say coach Sharon Vanis and her Wildcat volleyball team were on Long Island for a three day tournament last week when they took a break for some sightseeing.

They were boarding a ferry boat to ride to Ellis Island when the gang plank fell while Vanis and another passenger were on it. Vanis and the man fell into the water.

The college officials say Vanis apparently hit her head on the way down, suffering a broken jaw, a forehead fracture and lacerations to her face.

Several witnesses, including assistant coach Scott Kneifl jumped into the water to rescue Vanis and the man.

Vanis was taken to a local hospital but flew back to Nebraska with the team on Monday. Grosz says she is expected to be hospitalized one day after her surgery to repair the broken bone damage.

Schoh says Vanis was on the sidelines for last night's volleyball match against Upper Iowa, which the Wildcats won.

She also is expected to be there to coach the match against Division Two top ranked Nebraska at Kearney next week.