Kelsey Plumb: Setting Records
December 4, 2017
October 14th, junior Kelsey Plumb broke the school record for the number of assists in a single volleyball season with almost 1,000 assists recorded. Standing at a height of six foot, the starting varsity setter certainly made a name for herself this season. Breaking such a record is quite an accomplishment in the team’s opinion, everyone wants to go down in the record books and that is exactly what Plumb did.
The previous record consisted 805 assists in a single season and Plumb blew that record away with 900 assists at the end of her junior season. “I was very excited,” said Plumb on how she felt in that moment. “My whole goal for the year was to break the record,” added the junior who is very proud to see that all her long hours in the gym have really paid off. Whether it was a summer morning open gym or a friday afternoon practice, Plumb constantly worked hard according to head coach Molly Turk. “She puts in more hours than anybody and does exactly what is asked of her,” said Turk, “Kelsey has made a difference in our team this year by constantly putting up edible balls for each of our offensive attackers.”
However, Plumb knew that she would be able to at least get close to the record. She had been keeping an eye on her number of assists all season long vying for the school title. Leading the state in sets, she said, “I had a feeling I was going to get it that day, but my team wouldn’t tell me what number I was at because my coach was keeping my stats so she told everyone else except me.” With a kill from sophomore Kate Nelson, the record was broken and the entire team, bench, and starters were jumping up and down, filled with joy.
Waukee was also ranked for the first time in many years at 13th in the state for class 5A volleyball. “[The] coaching staff is really good this year and we have a lot of talent on the team”, claims Plumb. With only three seniors on the team this year, much of that talent will be returning for the 2018-2019 season.
Overall, Plumb would like to thank her two coaches, Molly Turk and Molly Steffens for always pushing her to do her best. This years season has come and gone, but Plumb’s name will always stick around.