For the third straight season, Douglass’ Katelyn Moore earned All-State honors as an outstanding outside hitter for the Bulldogs. This time, Moore was not only named first team All-State, but was also named the 3A Player of the Year by the Kansas Volleyball Association.
In her four years at the varsity level, the Bulldogs finished with a total record of 122-28 (.813) and made an appearance in the 2017 3A state tournament. “The highlight of my career was finishing fourth at state in 2017, my sophomore year,” said Moore.
Moore finished with 1,074 kills, 314 aces, and 1,094 digs. In her sophomore and junior season, Moore earned second team All-State honors.
According to Moore, the sustained success of the program can be attributed to Douglass head coach Leanna Braddy, and the drive she tries to instill in her players.
“Our coach, Leanna Braddy, pushes us everyday to be our best and won’t let us settle for good enough. The want and drive of the players every year continues to grow the program. We come into every season knowing just because we were good last year doesn’t mean anything. Every year is a new year and you’ve got to work if you want to be successful.”
Next fall, Moore will take her strong work ethic with her to the University of Central Missouri, where she will compete at the collegiate level. Last year, the UCM volleyball team finished 25-7. UCM is a NCAA DII university that competes in the MIAA.
“I practiced with the team on my visit and they were all so nice and welcoming but also competitive, and I’m a very competitive person so I really liked that. Their coaches are amazing. Coach Flip [Piontek] has developed a great relationship with my family, especially my cousin Reese, and it makes me feel like I’ll be welcomed and find a home while I’m away from home.”