Volleyball players earn national stats

D.J. Shoffstall, Copy Editor

Four Pitt-Johnstown volleyball players have made division II national statistics.

Sophomore middle hitter Beth Kendera tops the national list for the Lady Cats at No.29 in blocks per set with a 1.1, and is No.1 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, according to assistant coach Joshua Galasso.

“Most of the stats are out of 546 people, because there are two positions per school and 273 schools in Division II,” Galasso said.

“To be that high on the list is a great personal accomplishment.”

Kendera said the women from other conference universities conference drive her to be better, but said she wants to help her team out any way she can.

Junior co-captain defensive specialist Kelsey Kohler made it onto the list for the second straight year at No.30 in digs per set with 5.18. She said her goal is to get into the top 20 before she graduates.

“I’ve gotten about 10 positions higher on the list from last year to this year, so, if I make it into the top 20 by next year, I’ll be happy.”

Sophomore middle hitter Ashley DiRado is No.66 in blocks per set at .99 and said she had hoped to make national statistics list for the first time.

“My biggest job on the team is blocking, I don’t touch the ball much other than that,” she said. “It’s good to know I can contribute to my team and be recognized for what I do.”

Freshman setter Nikki Oakes is on the list for her first year with the team in aces per set at .47, good enough for No.67 in the nation.

“I honestly didn’t even know there was such a thing as national statistics,” she said. “I didn’t even think I’d be starting in my first year. Now I’m on this list.”

Oakes said while it’s nice to be on the stats list, she cares only about how her team performs.

The Lady Cats started their season off slow, but have turned it around lately, winning four straight and seven of nine bringing their record to 11-14 (7-6).