Former Eastern Washington University volleyball and basketball standout Janelle Ruen from Post Falls (pictured) is expected to ring the opening bell Thursday morning at the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York City. Ruen is in New York competing in this week’s Brooklyn Open on Coney Island as she continues to make a splash in her first season on the American Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Beach Volleyball Tour. She and teammate Jennifer Snyder are now seeded in the top 20 on the tour, and have finished 13th four times since opening the season in early April with a seeding of 37th and a finish of 41st in the first tournament they competed in. Ruen and Snyder, who previously played at Long Beach State, are 24-19 this season. At the Santa Barbara open in May, they defeated AVP top-ranked competitors Misty May and Kerri Walsh 23-21 in the first game, but dropped the next two games 21-13 and 15-6. Ruen now resides in Newport Beach, Calif. -- Dave Cook, EWU sports information director.
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