From the Register-Mail:
The young team will graduate just three seniors and has no juniors on its roster, so there really isnâ€™t a whole lot for Schrader to talk about, until it comes to Galesburg native Kelly Ricketts and that gets Schrader excited.
The 6-0 sophomore, who transferred to Knox after a year at the University of St. Francis, was the Prairie Fireâ€™s brightest flame, leading the Midwest Conference with 449 kills in 103 games for a 4.36 average and putting her name among the NCAA Division III leaders.
â€œShe made us a better team in every part of the game,â€ said Schrader, who admitted even she wondered how many matches Knox would have won without her. â€œSheâ€™s a very talented player and makes every player on the team better because of her skill, passion and energy.
It took a year-long sidetrip to an NAIA school â€” St. Francis in Joliet â€” before she returned to Galesburg, where she set nine school volleyball records for the Silver Streaks.
â€œI had no second thoughts.Â I love it here,â€ said Ricketts of the transfer. â€œIâ€™m so happy.â€