Former Northview Knight McKenzi Kumpf (No. 8) celebrates with SMWC teammates during a point in a recent match. (Photo courtesy of SWMC)
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Clay County High School volleyball has had a great run of success in recent years and the products of both Northview High School and Clay City are now producing at the collegiate level.
The Knights and Eels have multiple postseason titles over the last handful of years and each respective school has sent players on to the college hardwood for successful volleyball careers. There are currently five Clay County high school products that are playing collegiately. Northview graduates Kerstie Shaw (Bowling Green State), Shelbi Morris (University of Southern Indiana), Morgan Stearley (DePauw University), McKenzi Kumpf (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College) and Clay City’s Kyndall Boyll (Franklin College) are having strong seasons this fall.
At Division I Bowling Green State, Shaw earned her way on to scholarship with the Falcons earlier this season and has seen action in 28 sets as a true freshman.
Shaw has had 18 total digs with a high of eight during a September match against Northern Kentucky. She also had four digs apiece in matches versus Ohio and Kent State.
Currently the Falcons have won eight of their last nine matches heading into a Thursday battle against Miami of Ohio. The team is 12-9 overall this season.
The Pomeroys are coming off a three-win weekend on a trip to the Illinois Insititute of Technology Tournament. The victories pushed their season record to 12-11 overall.
Kumpf got her team rolling right off the bus during a 3-1 win over Illinois Tech. The junior pounded out 17 kills and had seven service aces in the 25-9, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 win. In their second match of the day, Kumpf posted 14 digs to lead the team in that category. In the final victory of the weekend, Kumpf posted a team-high 17 digs.
This season Kumpf leads the Pomeroys in kills with 252 (3.04 kills per set) and has posted 277 digs.
As a sophomore, Kumpf led the team with 335 kills for an average of 2.91 per set. She was second in digs with 389 and had 68 assists. She was on the USCAA All-American team as well as the All-Academic team.
In Greencastle, Stearley is enjoying a solid sophomore year with the Tigers, who are 15-6 overall this season and 6-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
This season, Stearley has piled up at least 15 kills in a match five times, including 21 kills against Heidelberg and 20 versus Hanover. Most recently she had a 26-dig match against No. 1 ranked Wittenberg on Oct. 17.
Stearley has totaled 254 kills this season, which is third on the team and good for 3.26 kills per set. Stearley has also rang up 230 digs (2.95 per set) and has added 44 total blocks for the Tigers.
Morris is a 5’11 senior for the Screaming Eagles and is coming off of a junior campaign in which she collected Academic All-Great Lakes Valley Conference accolades. She played in 23 matches and 78 sets before injuries derailed her season. She started 20 matches and averaged 1.88 kills per set and 2.65 digs per set. She posted a season-high 19 kills in a five-set win over Valdosta State and 24 digs against Rockhurst.
Morris suffered a knee injury before the 2017 season and has been unable to play.
At Franklin College, Boyll has played in 10 matches this season and has registered 26 kills for the Grizzlies. Boyll has added 23 digs for the 10-13 Franklin squad. The freshman has also added eight blocks and has four service aces.
In a three-game loss to Bluffton on Friday night, Boyll had three kills and a dig in the match.