LANE | Kuchenbrod shines at Bellarmine
Jordyn Kuchenbrod spent her years at Assumption High School sharing time on the volleyball court, somewhat lost in the shuffle with three other defensive specialists, all of whom have had stellar college careers. She found the right fit at Bellarmine, starting every set of every match for four years, becoming the Knights first-ever All-American and leading them to a first NCAA berth last season.
"She's been a fixture of our defense and in may ways the face of our program since she's been here," said Bellarmine coach Jenni Grzebin. "She works hard at everything. If we were going to play a game of checkers, she'd be the best checkers player you've seen."
"I can't tell you how many times she had to put her shoulder back in socket," said her high school coach, Ron Kordes. "If there was a ball loose somewhere, that kid was chasing it, diving for it, crashing into a wall." I'm so happy for her, proud of her. "She's a special player and a special kid."
The senior libero has amassed 2904 digs in her four years. Nobody on any level of college volleyball has more and she is sixth all-time on the Division Two list. And she's gotten it done in the classroom as well. Kuchenbrod was named Great Lakes Valley Conference scholar-athlete of the year for 2017-2018.
"It's been awesome," said Kuchenbrod. "I couldn't ask for better teammates and a coach who believed in me and gave me the confidence to go out and play how I play."
Bellarmine is hoping a recent 11-game win streak carries over to the GLVC tournament. They play Thursday against the University of Illinois-Springfield in East Peoria, Illinois.
As for Kuchenbrod, she hopes to stay in the game as a coach when her playing days are done.
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