Kalee Vanderhorst has fit right in at Broughton.
The junior outside hitter transferred this year from Greenville Conley, and has already asserted herself among the Capitals’ volleyball team.
Against Enloe on Oct. 1, Vanderhorst reached 1,000 career kills – the second Broughton player to hit the milestone this year.
“It was a pretty remarkable moment,” said Vandershorst, who leads the team with 229 kills going into Thursday’s Wake Forest match. “Being a junior and getting a thousand kills is not normal, I guess you could say. Being with Katja (Ehlers), that was kind of exciting, too. She just got a thousand kills and we’ve kind of got the Twin Tower thing. That’s just exciting.”
Ehlers passed 1,000 kills in September and Vanderhorst became Broughton coach Jim Freeman’s fourth player ever to hit the mark – second on the same team.
The 5-foot-10 junior said she wants win. She certainly came to the right place, didn’t she?
“Yep, yep,” Vandershorst said. The Capitals are undefeated on the season and last year finished as the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Eastern Regional runner-up.
“Freeman is phenomenal and he has a lot of knowledge about volleyball,” Vanderhorst said. “I had a pretty good coach at Conley, but I came here and Freeman was a really good change. It’s nice knowing that when I came here, there was a good winning streak. We’re still a competitive team, and knowing that Freeman always likes to win is a good thing, too.”
Vanderhorst said she started playing volleyball in the fifth grade, and it stuck. It’s the only sport she plays.
Conley had success of its own last season with a 20-4 overall record, but Vanderhorst had to get acclimated to a new system with the Capitals. She’s been able to contribute right away.
“I think my teammates have definitely helped me out a lot,” she said. “Kati (Smith) has definitely helped me just by staying with me in practice. Just having her help me adjust to a different setter than where I came from has definitely helped.”
Vanderhorst echoed Ehler’s love for the competitiveness of the sport.
She said she’s still working on her swinging techniques, as she still has another season of high school volleyball left.
“It truly takes a lot of time,” Vanderhorst said. “I’m still perfecting it.”
Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan
School: Broughton High School
Sport/Position: Volleyball/Outside hitter
Fun fact: Broughton eliminated Vanderhorst’s Vikings from the playoffs last season.