For Ricketts, there’s no place like home: Former GHS star enjoying life after Knox transfer

From the Register-Mail:

The young team will graduate just three seniors and has no juniors on its roster, so there really isn’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 Fire’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.

“She made us a better team in every part of the game,” said Schrader, who admitted even she wondered how many matches Knox would have won without her. “She’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 — St. Francis in Joliet — before she returned to Galesburg, where she set nine school volleyball records for the Silver Streaks.

“I had no second thoughts.  I love it here,” said Ricketts of the transfer. “I’m so happy.”