Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.) setter Kelly Hunter defends volleyball

Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.) setter Kelly Hunter defends volleyball

Ultimate Athlete

Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.) setter Kelly Hunter defends volleyball


Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.) setter Kelly Hunter is one of the most accomplished high school athletes in the country. In four years she’s led the Titans to a 159-6 record, including a 41-1 record in 2012, and the last three state championships. 


Because she considers herself an exceptional athlete.

“You’ve got to be in order to play this sport,” said Hunter, a Nebraska signee. “I definitely think that when you compare athletes in other sports, volleyball has the best athletes. For sure.”

Beg to differ?

You may think differently after reading Hunter’s compelling arguments.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

“There are so many athletic things that you’ve got to do in this sport it’s crazy! You’ve got to be able to jump really high, you’ve got to be able to run quick and run fast, dive, and a whole lot of other things. And you’ve got to do all these things at the last second. It’s a really athletic sport. That’s why we’ve got the best athletes.”

For people who disagree, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?

“It’s called four corners and in each corner you’ve got to do like three different shuffling moves and then you have to sprint to the net and do three blocking moves. After that you run to the other side and dive on the floor and get up. Then you run to the last corner. You do that as fast as possible four times in each corner. It’s really hard. Really hard!”

What is the second-toughest sport behind yours?

“Tennis. Most people don’t know how tough it is.”

What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

“I think that it’s strength because the stronger you are the more you can do. For example, if you’re strong you can jump higher and run faster. Strength helps you so much.” 

Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?

“Destinee Hooker.”

What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?

“Chasing after a shank and running into the bleachers. I’ve done that a few times. Trust me it’s hard to do.”

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