With the graduation of Natalie Kennett, Jenna Dumstorff, Breanna Smith and Sophie Rickhoff, the Kaskaskia volleyball team will be losing four Clinton County graduates.
Kennett, Dumstorff and Rickhoff all graduated from Central Community High School, while Smith was a Carlyle High School graduate. While the volleyball coach Kim Rahar will be losing four Clinton County graduates, she recently added another one for next year.
Carlyle High School senior Hannah Hoffmann signed her letter of intent to play volleyball and softball at Kaskaskia on Jan. 17.
“Hannah is just an all-around great player and will really help our team,” Rahar said. “She plays with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and that will make her fun to coach. You can see that she has a passion for the sport.”
Hoffmann, who plans to major in education, said she is excited about playing two sports at a college close to home.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to play volleyball and softball at Kaskaskia,” Hoffmann said. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play them both a couple of years ago, but during my junior season I decided that I wasn’t ready to give up on either sport. I’m excited to see where these next couple of years take me.”
With the graduation of Kennett, who was one of Kaskaskia’s setters, Rahar looks for Hoffmann to take over a setter role next year.
Hoffmann was a four-year setter at Carlyle. She was named all-Cahokia Conference and to the all-tournament team at Benton her junior and senior seasons.
Hoffmann had 447 assists during her senior season at Carlyle. She also had a team high 161 digs and tied for a team high with 123 service points.
Hoffmann’s high school success didn’t stop with volleyball.
Hoffmann was named all-state in softball last year. As a pitcher, she finished with a 6-6 record and had 78 strikeouts in 90 2/3 innings pitched. She had a 3.18 ERA. She had a .472 batting average with 50 hits, including 11 doubles and three triples.
Kaskaskia coach Torey Crowell said she is excited to have Hoffmann join the Blue Angel program. Kristen Eversgerd, another Carlyle High School graduate, will be a sophomore on this year’s Kaskaskia team.
“She is someone that we have been going after for the past couple of years, so we are very excited to have her,” Crowell said. “She is someone that can help our pitching and our offense, so we are excited that she is coming to Kaskaskia. And she has the time management that she can handle playing both volleyball and softball.”
Hoffmann still sees some areas she needs to make in softball before heading to Kaskaskia.
“I need to get stronger and continue to work on my speed,” Hoffmann said. “I also need to continue to work on mixing up my pitches, because it won’t be as easy to fool batters in college.”