Sports / The Prairie Fire / October 29, 2009

Senior setter reaches milestone on Senior Night

Senior Karen Frost, a setter from The Woodlands, Texas, reached a milestone in her last volleyball home match.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 — Senior Night — Frost needed 25 assists to move into third place for career assists. In the match, versus the Red Devils of Eureka College, she had 36 assists, which put her 12 assists ahead of Alicia Young ‘02 (1489 assists), who now sits in fourth.

“I love my teammates,” Frost said. “If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have this. I would not have gotten third. It is all because of them. It’s a team sport. Without a pass, I cannot get a set and without a kill I cannot get an assist.”

Frost has had several major injuries throughout her 12-year volleyball career and thought one would prevent her from placing third in career assists.

“My freshman year, I broke my foot and I didn’t think I would ever make the top three,” she said. “Somehow it worked out in my favor. It just sort of happened. It was pretty surprising, but I am pretty excited about it.”

Frost is thrilled she now ranks third on the career assists list, but admits it feels strange.

“It’s kind of weird,” she said. “I play only for the team and I played all four years for the team.”

Volleyball head coach Kim Schrader reiterated Frost’s focus on her teammates.

“She has worked hard to improve herself and her teammates. She is an important part of why we are a better team,” Schrader said. “As a coach, it is great to see a player who deserves recognition get recognition. She is our primary setter this year and people see that in matches, but they don’t see that every other day in practice and as our primary setter she is working 100 percent of the time in practice. People alternate in and out of drills, but she is pretty much a part of every aspect of the game.”

Frost is part of every facet of the matches she plays in and feels no pressure.

“There is really no pressure. I just go out there and play my game,” she said. “I get in a zone and have no idea who is in the crowd — what is happening besides what is happening on the court. For me, I never really feel pressure just because I have been conditioned not to.”

Someday, Frost may condition others to not feel pressure.

“I love coaching,” she said. “I love that aspect of the sport, but I am not sure it is in the cards for me. I enjoy specializing in something, so if I was to be a coach I don’t want to be a head coach. I would want to be a setter coach or a defensive coach.”

Even if she does not coach, Frost will not walk away from the game after her career at Knox is over.

“I play volleyball every summer and every winter break with my dad at the Y,” she said. “It is a competitive adult league so I’m not giving up volleyball completely.”

Frost currently has 1,546 career assists and has her work cut out for her if she is to move into second place. She has only one match left on Halloween — in Dubuque, Iowa against the University of Dubuque Spartans — and Allison Yasukawa, ‘01 is in second with 1,764 career assists.

Matthew Wheaton

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