Hailee Kuske, a sophomore at New England Public school, has loved playing volleyball ever since she was in the fourth grade. Her hard work and dedication to the game awarded her a place on the All-Region volleyball team for the Region 7 tournament in November. There was a total of 15 lady athletes from Region 7 who were nominated to be on the 2015 All-Region 7 Volleyball Tournament Team.
By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter
“It (volleyball) always has been my favorite sport. I like how it’s a team sport. I like how it forces you to have such great chemistry with your teammates,” Kuske said.
The 5-foot 11-inch middle blocker has been playing varsity for the Lady Tigers volleyball team since she was only an eighth grader. Driving Kuske during a match is her desire to get the most blocks and kills that she can during, which is her favorite thing to do when playing volleyball. Her statistics showed that this season, as the sophomore achieved some impressive stats with 409 kills, and 83 blocks.
Kuske gives credit to her fellow teammates for her accomplishments this past season, because they were the ones who kept encouraging her along the way.
“They were a really fun group to be with this year. They definitely help make me better like in practice, games, stuff like that. So they definitely deserve the credit,” Kuske said.
Another person that has helped Kuske with improving her volleyball game, and has been a big part of her young success, is her head coach Taylor Hafner.
“She (Hafner) is always pushing me in practice, and in games. Every time I come out she is telling me what I did wrong or right, helping me and teaching me, “Kuske said.
To stay in shape during the off season, Kuske plays basketball for the Lady Tigers, and runs track and hurdles during the spring. She also attends open gyms and team camps also during the off season.
Despite losing four of her teammates to graduation, Hailee Kuske is excited for next year’s season and can’t wait to help some of her new younger teammates improve themselves and get them prepared for a different level of volleyball.
“We’re going to be getting a lot of younger girls coming up so that should be fun to work with them and bring them up to this varsity level,” Kuske said.