Volleyball Star – EVHS’ Kenzie Shreeve
No one ever wants to be on the other side of the net in a volleyball game against Kenzie Shreeve. Watching her nail a set ” sending the ball into a vertical trajectory ” makes even the seasoned spectator cringe. One can only imagine what it feels like for the girls on defense, who are on the receiving end of Shreeve’s attacks.
Shreeve grew up in Eagle with her parents, Susan and Jeff Shreeve, and her three sisters. The four girls were always exposed to a variety of sports, and Shreeve has played volleyball for most of her 18 years. During her sophomore year playing for EVHS, Shreeve began to feel that she had more and more to contribute to the team.
“I realized that I could do more than just pass,” Shreeve says.
And the hitting began. Hard hitting ” the kind of kills that make spectators gasp and the Devils coaching staff smile.
Shreeve also plays basketball and runs track, but volleyball is her signature sport. She has earned all-league and all-state honors, as well as being named Player of the Year after her junior and senior volleyball seasons. She’s headed to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley on a full-ride scholarship in the fall.
The UNC coaching staff spotted Shreeve at camp at the university in Greeley last summer. “They asked me if I wanted to go there,” says Shreeve, who will be living with longtime local friend Jessica Stiles in the university dorms.
After meeting the coaches and some of the team members, Shreeve thought the fit was perfect. “I really liked the coach and the girls on the team ” UNC became my No. 1 choice,” she says.
Although she admits she will miss her friends and family, she’s excited to be going to Greeley in early August.
“I’m looking forward to being able to play at a competitive level with girls from everywhere,” she says.
UNC’s head volleyball coach, Ron Alexander, says he’s thrilled to have signed Shreeve.
“Our program takes a great deal of pride in recruiting solid students and solid people,” he says. “Kenzie is excellent in both areas. Her tremendous talent on the volleyball court is a bonus.”
The first thing Alexander says he noticed about Shreeve was how athletic she is for how tall she is. “She moves very well, but at the same time possesses the athleticism of someone much smaller,” he says. In Division I, that combination is critical for success, he says. He should know: Shreeve will join a volleyball team which, over the past three years, has posted an 88-14 record.
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