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Courtside Chat with Kelsey Robinson



Aug. 10, 2010



ROB PATRICK ON ROBINSON: "It's really neat to get someone like Kelsey into our program. She has played at an elite level over the past few years in both high school and club and has been a little bit of a marked person in that other teams really geared up to stop her. She's going to be able to come in and compete at a high level immediately because she knows how to adapt on the court and is a player that is used to touching the ball a ton for her teams. She passed the ball, has a rocket jump serve, can play middle-back and is a great defender, was set more than anyone else and can block effectively. She's been a workhorse in the past, but the good thing is that we don't need her to play that role this year. She can come in and concentrate on her defense and passing and just take whatever comes to her offensively."

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Was ranked No. 19 on the PrepVolleyball.com list of Top-100 Senior Aces...Also earned All-American status from the publication and second-team high school All-American honors from Volleyball Magazine...Was a three-year starter and two-year captain for perennial Illinois state power St. Francis High School...Helped the school achieve over 100 wins while playing for Hall of Fame coach Peg Kopac...Finished as the school's all-time leader in kills with 1,122...Also lettered in basketball during her freshman year...Was tabbed the Chicago Christian Conference Player of the Year following her senior campaign in which she lead her high school to the Sweet 16 of the state tournament...Also earned player of the year accolades from the Wheaton Leader News, as well as all-area honors from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times and all-state laurels from the Champaign News Gazette...Led St. Francis to the quarterfinals of the state tournament as a junior and a runner-up finish as a sophomore, garnering all-state and player of the year accolades from multiple publications those years as well...Was a four-time academic all-conference honoree during her time at St. Francis, maintaining a weighted GPA of 4.27...Took part in the 2009 Homecoming Court and was a four-year member of the Spanish National Honor Society...Participated in numerous volunteer activities, including Feed My Starving Children, homeless outreach, assisting at grade school camps, working junior high volleyball tournaments and helping at the St. Isidore Parish Thanksgiving Food Drive...Also helped sponsor two major events raising awareness for the environment (Go Green, Live Green) and breast cancer (Volley for a Cure)...Played club volleyball with Sports Performance Volleyball...Was the co-captain of the 18-Elite Team in 2010, leading the squad to the 18-Open AAU national championship where she claimed tournament MVP honors...Team also won tournaments at the President's Day Challenge in Chicago and The Showcase in Wisconsin en route to a final record of 65-7.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in broadcast journalism with a minor in Spanish...Lists her hobbies as water skiing, photography and playing beach volleyball...Former teammates playing college volleyball include Kristen Kelsay (Michigan State), Michelle Kocher (Texas) and Meghan Matusiak (Seton Hall)...Names Brett Favre as her biggest sports influence due to his passion for the game...Chose to attend Tennessee over offers from Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa State...Has one sister, Caitlin, 21, who attends Marquette University...Kelsey Marie Robinson, the daughter of Mike and Sue Robinson, was born on June 25, 1992, in Elmhurst, Ill.


 

 

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