Katja Ehlers had no idea she was so close to reaching a volleyball milestone.
Broughton continued an undefeated season with a sweep of Wake Forest on Sept. 15, when Ehlers reached 1,000 career kills for the Capitals.
“It was a shock,” said Ehlers, who recorded a match-high nine kills against the Cougars. “I had no idea it was coming. It was a big accomplishment, but I owe it all to my team and my coaches.”
Ehlers, a senior outside hitter, said she loves playing with her team and that the Capitals can be really effective when they’re in sync.
She relies on her setters and the team’s defense in order to finish an attack.
“I’m an aggressive person,” Ehlers said. “I just like going after it. I’m competitive.”
Such a nature drew her to the sport six years ago. She said she started playing at Triangle Volleyball Club camps and “just fell in love with it and have been playing ever since.”
Ehlers was awarded a game ball in the match following her milestone. Her landmark kill came in the third set against Wake Forest, giving the Caps an 8-5 lead.
Broughton remained undefeated on the season after downing Millbrook, 3-0, on Tuesday. It hosted Sanderson on Thursday.
The Capitals have big goals this year after their only loss in 2014 came in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship game.
“We want to get to the state finals,” Ehlers said. “We have to keep working and just keep pushing in practice.”
Ehlers has committed to College of Charleston in South Carolina and wants to use her last high school season to prepare for college and club.
For now, she’ll enjoy what’s left of her successful high school volleyball career.
“I love my teammates, every single one of them,” Ehlers said. “They push me and they make me want to come to practice and play harder.”
Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan
School: Broughton High School
Sport/position: Volleyball/outside hitter