Sports: Katy Dudzinski has her college choice out of the way, making a verbal commitment to Wichita State University Shockers volleyball last week. File Photo
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland volleyball fans won’t be shocked that outside hitter Katy Dudzinski will be competing at the next level after graduating from high school in the spring of 2012.
As for Dudzinski, she’ll be joining a program full of them.
Last week, the 6-foot-2 junior made a verbal commitment to play Division I volleyball for the Wichita State University Shockers program in Wichita, Kan.
The Shockers, coached by Chris Lamb, get a premier player in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference and the area, while Dudzinski gets piece of mind after making her college choice.
“Basically, I’ve been playing competitive volleyball since freshman year and I had always liked University of Arizona, but I wondered if I would click there. Once we visited (Wichita State), I fit in with the program and it clicked,” Dudzinski said.
Dudzinski, who also competes with the Kane County Juniors club volleyball outfit, is doing her best to tear up the softball diamond this spring.
The junior had also considered University of Northern Iowa, Missouri Valley Conference-mates with the Shockers, during the recruiting questionnaire stage.
“They had already signed outside hitters, so I checked Wichita State out, and it’s such a great program and I get a full-ride scholarship,” Dudzinski said.
Dudzinski’s older brother Dave just completed his freshman basketball season for the Division I Holy Cross Crusaders.
Now Katy will get a chance to experience differences in the volleyball game.
“It’s tremendously fast and you can feel a little over your head right now. The girls are all in good shape, and it’s a fast sport at the college level,” Dudzinski said.
Dudzinski’s junior volleyball season featured many kills for the Lady Knights in a 19-14 season.