Kelly Ricketts, who just finished her first season as a member of the Prairie Fire volleyball team, is not in the business of making predictions.
But she is in the record-breaking business.
Ricketts, a sophomore, is now the school record holder for kills in a season, 449, and kills per game with 4.36.
Kristine Bjork previously held the kills in a season record (359), which was set in 2002. Julie McFadden set the kills per game (3.12) record in 1995.
“It’s nice but [senior] Karen [Frost] helped a lot with that,” said Ricketts, who also finished fourth all-time for highest hitting percentage, .236, in a season. “She is pretty amazing. It is important to have a good setter.”
Ricketts, a Galesburg native who played volleyball at the University of St. Francis, located in Joliet, Ill. last season, was named to the 2009-10 All-Midwest Conference Volleyball First Team on Tuesday. She led the Midwest Conference in total kills (149) and kills per game (4.66).
“It’s definitely an honor but I feel like all the team should get a lot of recognition,” said Ricketts, who sits in 13th place in all of NCAA Division III for kills per game. “I would not be able to do it without them.”
Ricketts’ selection to the team makes it two years in a row that a Prairie Fire volleyball player has been honored as an All-Midwest Conference First Team member.
Last season, Katarina Schulte, who led the Prairie Fire in kills, kills per game, total attempts and tied for the team lead in service aces, was named to the team.
“It is a well deserved-honor for a great player. It’s good for her and it’s good for our team,” volleyball head coach Kim Schrader said. “It is evidence that we are going in the right direction.”
Ricketts led the Prairie Fire in kills, kills per game, total attempts and hitting percentage. She finished the season second on the team in digs, digs per game, and service aces.
Back on Sept. 26, Ricketts was named an All-Tournament Team member for her efforts in the Kohawk Invite, which was hosted by Coe College and held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In the tournament, she had 73 kills.
On Sept. 5, she was named an All-Tournament Team member of the Illinois College Blue Brawl, held in Jacksonville, Ill. In the tournament, Ricketts led the team in kills — 51 total, 12.75 per game average — and finished third on the team in digs — 30 total, 7.5 per game — in the four-game tourney.