Knight carries game to Stephens

Knight carries game to Stephens


Knight carries game to Stephens


Kerri Kircher was a big part of Northeastern High School’s volleyball turnaround.

Now, the Knight senior looks to help another program as she committed last week to play college volleyball for Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.

The Knights won just eight matches during Kircher’s junior year, but turned around to a 25-win season and sectional final appearance during her senior year.

“We just bonded together more and I think we just decided, ‘We’re going to come back and just all work together,’ and ultimately it was better in the end,” said the All-TEC selection Kircher, who had a team-high 387 kills, paced the Knights with 78 solo blocks and also added 22 aces.

Stephens is an all-women’s college next to University of Missouri. Kircher plans to study Strategic Communications with a minor in Equestrian Studies.

“The coach, she was really, really nice,” Kircher said. “We hit it off, she’s very poised … so she really impressed me and she played in the Olympics. … I feel like it’s a good transition and I really hope Northeastern continues to grow more and does better.”

Kircher is the third of five from the current senior volleyball class at Northeastern to sign to play college volleyball.

Cierra Guenther and Sarah Scotten signed recently to play for Indiana University East, also an NAIA program.

“… Which is fantastic and I think all three of them are going to excel,” Northeastern coach Jerry Middleton said. “It was just a great opportunity for them and I’m just very excited for them. As far as our program goes, it’s great.

“… I just wish them the best of luck in the world and continued success.”


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