Linfield Wildcats

Susan (Holm) Allsop

Athlete 1980 - 1983

Susan (Holm) Allsop Susan (Holm) Allsop, of the class of 1984, is the second player from the most successful volleyball team in school history to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, joining 2006 honoree Carolyn (Pearce) Kraus.

Susan was a sophomore when the 1981 Wildcats produced a string of upsets that landed them in the AIAW Division III national championship match, where they placed second. That team set a new benchmark for women’s athletics at Linfield and paved the way for future generations of female athletes at the school to strive for national respect.

The Sandpoint, Idaho, native chose Linfield specifically for the small-college atmosphere and to continue her volleyball career. Her all-around skills made her a valuable asset on the court. She didn’t dominate any particular area but was solid at just about everything and took great pride in her defense.

Susan played on conference championship teams in 1980 and 1983 but it was the 1981 team that made the biggest waves, winning the Region 9 championship and reaching the finals of the 16-team national tournament after being seeded eighth.

At the national tournament, Susan led all players with 14 service aces. She was second on the Linfield team with 55 kills. For her efforts in helping Linfield to the finals, she was named to the All-America team.

“We spent an awful lot of time together,” Susan said of the 1981 team. “We sort of clicked, on and off the court. We had good chemistry and worked hard.”

Susan was also named the team’s most inspirational player that season and was also on the NCWSA Region 9 all-tournament team and AIAW Division III all-tournament team.

During Susan’s four years in a Linfield uniform, the Wildcats amassed a record of 121-43.

After graduating, Susan worked as a substitute teacher and coached the junior varsity volleyball team at Tigard High School one year and then coached the varsity at Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel for four years.

Today, “Mrs. Allsop” is a third grader teacher at Maple Lawn Elementary in Sumner, Wash., where she lives with her husband, Steve, and their two kids, Brenna, 12, and Scott, 10.