WAYNE – Earlier this week, a pair of Wayne High volleyball players will continue their playing career in the college ranks.
From the Wayne Jr/Sr High gym, both Kiara Krusemark and Sydney Redden signed their national letter of intent to continue their education and compete in the sport of volleyball at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.
Both enjoyed their senior season playing with their teammates and stated the underclassmen stepped up which showed improvement throughout the year.
“It just kind of happened one night after a game, coach (NECC) came up to us and kind of just asked us if we were interested,” said Redden. “At that point, we were both kind of just like we’re open to anything. We went and visited and for myself I really enjoyed campus and I liked how small it was.”
“I liked the campus, it was very nice and how welcoming they all were,” Krusemark added. “It will be nice to be able to come back and watch my siblings because of how close it is.”
Krusemark will start her gen-eds to become a dental hygienist while Redden will be pursuing a degree in business while
Krusemark posted a team-high 650 set assists, to go along with 279 digs (fourth) and 89 kills (fourth) this season. She also had 13 service aces and 13 total blocks (one solo). Krusemark, who will go in as a setter with Northeast Community College is excited to get another chance to play the sport of volleyball and will be looking forward to participating in summer camps.
“We’ll learn that later from the coaches,” said Krusemark. “Just getting in the weight room and the gym with some of the incoming players and just putting things together, so when we get there, we’ll be ready.”
Krusemark will play basketball in the winter and compete in track & field in the spring for Wayne High.
Redden recorded a team-high 472 digs, posted a team-high 28 service aces and finished with 18 kills this past season. Redden, who will play libero/defensive specialist at the Hawks is really excited to pursue college volleyball.
“I just was kind of waiting for the right opportunity,” Redden mentioned. “JUCO two years is a really good way to start. I was injured in the past spring, so giving myself a little bit more time to develop as a player.”
Redden has participated in unified bowling recently and will be on the bowling team this winter.
Krusemark was listed as First Team All-Conference while Redden joined teammates Kate Hill and Rubie Klausen as Honorable Mentioned honorees among the Mid State Conference release.
Wayne High finished 15-13 on the season after WHS suffered a five-set loss to Battle Creek in the C1-7 Subdistrict Tournament. The Blue Devils finished fourth during the Mid State regular season with a 5-3 record but went 1-2 in the tournament to place sixth.