SE: Get to Know the Newcomers: Kelsey Schroll

August 11, 2015

By Kelly McHugh-Stewart

Kelsey Schroll, a freshman middle blocker on the Wildcat volleyball squad, knows a thing or two about K-State.

Hailing from Manhattan, the Little Apple native grew up around the program and has had her heart set on playing for the Wildcats for as long as she can remember.

“I did the kid’s Cat Pack when I was little,” said Schroll with a smile. “I went to all the games. I have pictures of me getting autographs from all the players. I was going through old pictures the other day, and it’s crazy to think that now I’ll be the girl signing the autographs, not the other way around. So it’s been pretty special.”

Schroll comes to K-State after lettering in volleyball for three years with the Manhattan High Indians and playing for head coach Lisa Kinderknecht. In her senior season, she earned Class 6A All-State Honorable Mention honors after becoming one of the top blockers in the state of Kansas. Schroll recorded 121 blocks (84 solo, 37 assists), the 13th-most across the state.

“It’s definitely been different than high school ball,” she explained about making the transition from high school to college. “It’s a lot harder; there is a lot more competition. In high school, everyone just tries out, they’re not always there for the love of the game. But here, everyone is here because they love the game. They love it a lot and that makes it exciting to go to practice.”

Schroll graduated from Manhattan High early so she could begin getting used to playing with the Wildcats. She moved into the K-State dorms in January and since then has spent her time training with the Wildcats.

“Coming in for the spring semester was great,” Schroll said. “There were a lot of techniques I needed to work on. When I was younger, I would just hop in the game and go play. I never really needed to learn the techniques. During the spring, they taught me how to block and how to hit. We got down to the nitty-gritty details and that’s been nice. It was nice to begin developing my game early on.”

Though she continues to grow in her game day-by-day, when asked how she would describe her playing style to fans who have not yet watched her on the court, Schroll didn’t hold back. 

“I work hard and I don’t let balls drop,” she began. “I may not have the greatest ups or the height, but I put my heart out on the court. I dive, and I think people can expect to see a lot of hard work from me this season.”

Like Schroll, this year’s Wildcat volleyball team is filled with hard workers. She joins a roster with eight returning letterwinners that registered 22 wins and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in program history in 2014.

Looking forward to the 2015 season, there is no doubt Schroll is excited to get on the court of Ahearn Field House and sport her own purple Wildcat jersey.

“The best part about playing for K-State, for me, is that I’m so familiar with and I know this whole area so well,” Schroll said. “I know how much everyone loves K-State. So, to be a part of one of those sports they love, it’s just phenomenal. It’s a dream come true.”

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