She was the floor leader for a very talented Mater Dei volleyball team last season, and now, Avoynna Kampwerth will take her talents to Kaskaskia College in the fall.
Kampwerth was a vital cog in the Lady Knights’ 33-4 season that ended in the Class 3A Triad Regional title game against Central.
The 2-year starter was a huge strength at the net for MD with 169 kills for second best on the squad to go with her team-leading 104 blocks.
“It’s nice to have somebody come in that I know who can step on the court as a freshman and really be a big part of our team next year,” said KC head coach Kim Rahar. “I’m definitely looking for her to play at middle for us.”
Her senior campaign also saw her register 11 serve receives, 68 defensive digs and 10 service points.
“I’m really proud of Avoynna,” said Mater Dei head coach Chad Rakers. “She has come a long way in her four years here. And she’s not done, I think this year she started reaching her potential and there is a lot more to come from her.”
Kampwerth was also a big part of the Lady Knights as a junior finishing with 66 kills and 73 blocks for the 36-4 MD squad that fell to Columbia in the heartbreaking Murphysboro Sectional.
“It’s great to get kids from this area because you know the programs are good,” said Rahar. They are taught the right things and their knowledge of the game is so high.”
Kampwerth chose Kaskaskia over Quincy University and plans to study accounting.
KC is coached by Kim Rahar who will be in her sixth season at the college. The Blue Angels finished last season with a 17-19 overall record and 4-4 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
“I really expect her to move on after her two years at KC and play at the next level,” added Rakers. “There’s more power for her to gain and I can see her potentially playing all around the court.”
Kampwerth will join fellow Mater Dei graduate Chelsea Crocker on the roster.
“It’s really exciting to know a couple of the other players on the team,” concluded Kampwerth. Coach Rahar is a very good coach and I know I can learn a lot from her”.
Pictured is Mater Dei star volleyball player Avoynna Kampwerth (Center) with her parents Terry and Tina. Standing is Mater Dei head coach Chad Rakers, KC head coach Kim Rahar and Mater Dei principal Dennis Litteken.
*Story written by Jeremy Chawgo of the Breese Journal