COLUMBUS, Neb. – One of the top high school volleyball players in Columbus will be staying home to begin her college career.
Rylee Kwapnioski of Columbus High signed to play setter at Central Community College on Monday.
Kwapnioski played the final two years of her high school career at Columbus, after moving to town from Norfolk before her junior year. She joined CHS Head Coach Jeri Otten, who also arrived to Columbus in 2016.
“Having Coach Otten coming in the same year as me, has really helped, building a relationship with her and building a relationship with all the other coaches. She helped get on a club team which has helped me tremendously,” says Kwapnioski.
Kwapnioski will be going to a Raider program that is nearly a powerhouse in junior college athletics. She’ll also be at least one of three setters on a very deep team, still Head Coach Mary Young thinks Kwapnioski will get playing time.
“She’ll want to play and usually competitive athletes that have the skill level, they’re going to find their way on the court,” says Young.
Kwapnioski said that she already has a very good relationship with Coach Young and Young also agrees the it is a good fit.
“She watched a lot of our games, I think she has been really interested in what we’re doing, I think she knows what our program is all about, so I think she’ll just be a really nice fit,” says Young.
Still, Kwapnioski knows she has plenty to work on before next season.
“Just working hard, doing stuff offseason, making sure I’m jump-setting everything, going after everything, doing a lot of offseason as well,” says Kwapnioski.
She’ll be studying business at CCC with intentions to go to cosmetology school following her stint as a Raider.