Getting to know: Rose Hill volleyball’s Kylie Pfaff
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Pfaff, a senior outside hitter, has helped lead the Rockets to a 29-8 record heading into Saturday’s Class 4A-Division I sub-state. She has 415 kills and 135 digs.
How have you progressed through your high school career?
“When I was a freshman, I think I was good, but I wasn’t as confident as I am now. I wasn’t very strong; I was tiny. I’ve grown and gained muscle. My strength and size and my confidence have improved. And I’ve played with such great playerse through high school. I’ve been fortunate to play with Katelynn Slade and Kynnedy Myers, who are some of the best setters to come through Wichita.”
You have a ferocious swing on hits, how do you do that?
“As you can see, I’m not the biggest player. I’ve lifted a lot over the past two years, and that’s helped.… I’ve learnd to maximize my arm strength to the best of my ability and create the most powerful hit that I can.”
You head into sub-state play on Saturday at Mulvane, the first year for two divisions in Class 4A. What do you think of the split?
“Honestly, I don’t really like it. At first I didn’t think it affected the upperside of 4A. It’s still the same good teams, but there are still really talented teams in the bottom half of 4A. You think you’d want to keep the good teams away, but I think it waters it down a bit.
“It makes it less competitive. Even with a smaller sub-state, we could have Trinity (Academy) or Clearwater and Andale. They’re good teams that we don’t have to think about at all. I think it increased our chances of going to state, but I want competition.
“It sounds weird, and we still have to take care of business, but remember (when we played at) Maize South two years ago? That was the best experience ever (to upset Maize South). It was because of the high competition, and we had to step up to take it. Let’s play all the good teams and see who the best team is.”
You have committed to play volleyball at MidAmerica Nazarene. Did you choose the college because your sister, Kalyn, plays soccer there?
“It’s not why I’m going there. I knew I wanted to go to a private Christian school, be around Christian students and that environment. Having family there was big, too, but it’s not the reason why. The coaching staff is awesome, the team, it’s a perfect fit for me.”
Aren’t you extremely close to Kalyn and your younger brother, Ryan?
“We are really, really close. My parents forced us to be friends when we were little, made us get along. I’m so blessed that they did that because now I have two best friends I can always count on.
“Really, they’re my best friends. When I have free time, I want to play video games (Black Ops) with my brother and watch Netflix (One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars) with my sister. I’m really blessed.”