Kuenning Is Set With St. Francis

By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

 

Natalie Kuenning has accomplished much as a St. Marys Roughrider.

 

She was named to the Western Buckeye League's All-Academic team for the 2015-16 season, she was crowned Homecoming Queen in October, oh, and she was a pretty good volleyball player too.

 

The senior middle hitter will be taking her accomplishments as a Roughrider to Fort Wayne as she officially signed her national letter of intent to play at the University of St. Francis next season.

 

St. Francis is a liberal arts university with an enrollment of 2,381 students. The Cougars compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the Crossroads League.

In 2015, St. Francis finished 13-22 overall and 7-11 in the Crossroads League for a seventh-place finish.

 

The program is under the direction of Scott Haddix, who is in his fourth season as head volleyball coach.

 

This season — which ended in another regional appearance for the Roughriders — Kuenning played in 80 games, racking up 260 digs, 22 kills, one solo block, 19 block assists, 728 assists and 43 aces. That all culminated to a first-team All-Western Buckeye League selection.

 

Kuenning finished her career with the school record for most assists with 2,332, shattering the previous record of 1,606 set by Brandi Dicke in 1996-99. She also tallied 807 digs, 146 kills and 127 aces — which is also a school record, breaking Emily Schnarre's 89 aces from 1998-00.

 

The Fort Wayne-bound volleyball player also owns school records for most assists in a match with 52 and most assists in a season with 766, breaking her sophomore record during her junior season.

Kuenning has one first-team All-WBL selection, a second-team all-league selection, a two-time All-District 8 selection as a second-teamer in 2014 and first-teamer in 2015 and earned Honorable Mention in the WBL her sophomore season.

 

She was also on the District 8 All-Star team this past year and concluded her accomplished career as a four-year letter winner.

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