With family members and teammates gathered around her, Smith-Cotton senior Courtney Koetting on Monday signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit.
Koetting, a four-time Academic All-State honoree, set Lady Tigers career records for assists (1,471) and aces (207), and season records for assists (458, 2014) and aces (70, 2013). She was selected to the All-West Central Conference team in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and made the all-district and all-region teams in 2014 and ’15.
Koetting, who was the Lady Tigers starting setter for four years, was team captain in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, S-C won both the WCC and Class 4 Central District titles. During her time at S-C, Koetting has been active off the court as well, serving as a class officer, Student Council representative, National Honor Society member and officer for FCCLA.
Robert Kaleikau, head volleyball coach at Longview, said Koetting provides the complete package as a student athlete.
“(Her) academics were good, her volleyball skills are very strong,” Kaleikau said. He also praised Koetting’s vast experience on school and club teams, her versatility on the court as a setter and hitter, and her competitiveness. With the Lakers’ top setter graduating, Kaleikau expects Koetting to compete for that role right away.
Koetting said Monday’s signing ceremony “is one of the most memorable moments of my life.”
“This is something I have worked so hard for – it has been my dream since I was a kid,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being a family with my team, spending a lot of time with them, playing at the next level and getting that college experience as an athlete.”
Kaleikau also is looking forward to having Koetting in a Lakers uniform.
“We’re excited for the full package that she brings,” Kaleikau said. “She is going to be a very strong addition to our team.
COURTESY OF SEDALIA SCHOOL DISTRICT 200