BY: JOHN MURPHY
CSC Sports Information Director
CHADRON, Neb. -- May 25, 2023 -- The Chadron State College volleyball team finalized their 2022-23 signing class with the addition of eight players, CSC Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer Stadler announced today.
"We are very excited to welcome in our new recruits to our program," Stadler said. "We wanted to bring in some talented athletes but also those that shared our mission and excitement for the direction we are moving."
Four signees are from Colorado while two are from Wyoming and one apiece hail from Nebraska and Utah.
Kally Kirkwood, a 5-11 middle hitter from Fleming, Colorado is the first of the four from Colorado.
Kirkwood finished her prep career with 1,700 career kills while being named All-State three times. She was named the AVCA Max Preps Player of the Week last season and was also a three-time all-conference selection during her career at Fleming High School.
From Windsor, Colorado, Avery Lacy joins the program after being a four-time conference champ and three-time regional champ.
Lacy, a 5-9 outside hitter, was named an all-conference first teamer her junior and senior year.
Katie Bell from Fort Morgan, Colorado is a 5-6 defensive specialist. Bell finished her high school career as the Longs Peak League leader in digs and was a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection.
The final Colorado signee is Kendyl Kirkwood, a 5-11 setter and the sister of Kally Kirkwood. Kendyl, a junior college transfer from Otero Junior College, was a two-year captain at Otero.
During her high school career, Kendyl was a two-time first team all-state selection while leading her team to a 2019 state championship and being state runner-up in 2017 and 2021.
Hailing from Provo, Utah, Alondra Hernandez joins the program after spending a season at DI Norfolk State and two seasons at Central Wyoming College (CWC).
Hernandez, a 5-8 libero, was the Region Nine Conference Libero of the Year during both her seasons at CWC. She finished her junior college career with 1,181 digs before recording 159 digs last year at Norfolk State.
Hailing from Casper, Wyoming is 5-8 setter Cydney Eskew. Eskew was named All-State and All-Conference two times each during her career at Kelly Walsh High School. While recording 2,412 career assists, Eskew helped lead Kelly Walsh to the state tournament three times and one state championship.
Emma Norris joins the team as a 6-0 outside hitter from Burns, Wyoming. Norris finished her prep career with the school record for career and season hitting percentage.
During the 2022 season, Burns won the state championship and Norris was named the 2A Southeast Player of the Year.
Lastly is Josie Loosevelt from York, Nebraska. Loosevelt, a 5-5 libero, holds the York High School record for digs in a season with 475 and also holds the school record for serving percentage.
While being a team captain for two years, Loosevelt finished her career with 1,000 career digs.
"Our roster is definitely filled with a lot of depth and We expect our practices to be very competitive," Stadler said. "I am excited to see who puts in the work this summer and comes into August ready to go."