By: Silas Greene
Led by first year head coach Katrina English, the Kentucky State University women’s volleyball team began their 2017 campaign strong as they won four of their first five matches. Through an up and down season the Thorobrettes have managed to tally up 20 total wins, 13 of which coming against conference opponents. This is the fifth straight season in which the Thorobrettes have won 20 or more matches. As a team, through 32 games this season the Thorobrettes have produced 1,348 kills, 1,208 assists and 2,567 points.
Most recently the Thorobrettes ended the season with a loss to Asbury University 3-1 on Nov. 7, 2017 in the William Exum center. The ladies came out strong as they battled back and forth with the Eagles of Asbury University splitting the first two sets, 1-1. In the third set, the Eagles pulled away and didn’t look back as they won the last two sets 25-19 and 25-11. For the 9th time this season freshman outside hitter Robin Poole recorded a double-double as she tallied 12 kills and 11 digs on the night. Freshman outside hitter Makayla Martin recorded her 8th double-double with 14 digs and 11 kills.
On the season several athletes have had outstanding performances including junior middle blocker Landri Greathouse, a native of Crowley, TX. Thus far Greathouse has accounted for 343 points and 274 kills. She has also been named SIAC offensive player of the week on two occasions this season. Freshman Robin Poole and sophomore Hannah Smyers also have put up impressive numbers this season as Poole has totaled 338.5 points along with 289 kills and Smyers has accounted for 895 of the team’s 1,208 total assists.
Up next the Thorobrettes will compete in the SIAC tournament held in Birmingham, AL as the No.1 seed out of the West Division. KSU will begin the tournament against No.4 Claflin University at 2 pm on Nov. 15, 2017.