Kight digs through school record

Dillon Sand, Staff Reporter

Senior libero Kaely Kight became Central’s all-time leader with 1,786 digs Saturday night, when the Wildcats beat Saint Martins University 3-0.

With the win, the Central volleyball team improved on the season to 14-5 overall, and 7-4 in the GNAC.

Since joining the team as a freshman, Kight has lead the team in digs every year she has played, becoming one of the most consistent players in  Central’s volleyball history.

Kight recorded 539 digs during her sophomore season. During her junior year she notched another 548 total digs. It was then that the possibility of breaking the school record became a reality. Kight went into last Saturday’s game with 1,764 career digs.

POISED - Senior libero Kaely Kight gets ready for the next play.
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POISED – Senior libero Kaely Kight gets ready for the next play.

“[Breaking the record] was a goal of mine and to do it at home in front of all the fans was really exciting,” Kight said.

Needing only 11 total digs to break the record, Kight worked quickly and secured the record-breaking dig midway through the second set. Kight would go on to total 22 digs by the end of the match. The previous record was 1,775 digs.

The Wildcats swept the Saints in sets of 25-18, 25-0 and 25-11, making it the team’s fourth consecutive  win. Central beat Montana State University Billings, Seattle Pacific University and Western Oregon University earlier this month.

Junior outside hitter Linden Firethorne got the Wildcats out to a quick lead with multiple kills in the first set and finished with 11 total for the match, along with two blocks.

The Wildcats also got help from redshirt junior middle blocker Kaitlin Quirk who added seven kills of her own, along with three blocks and an ace. Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Deming had six kills, along with 18 digs, second only to Kight in the match.

With the momentum of their wins carrying them into this week, the Wildcats will go north to play Alaska Anchorage University on Oct. 23, and the University of Alaska on Oct. 25.

“It will be a good challenge for us late in the season to see where we stand,” Kight said.