TIOGA – Williamson senior volleyball player Kaylee Sargent signed her National Letter of Intent here on Monday, June 6 to continue her volleyball career at Division 3 Keystone College for the Lady Giants.
“Coaches contacted me, and I went there and it was fine with my gut,” Sargent said of his decision to attend Keystone. “It’s a bit bigger than this school so I can expand my friendships and stuff, but it’s still small so I still have a nice little volleyball family.”
Sargent has been a key cog in the machine that was the Williamson Warrior volleyball program over the past few years, and in her senior year she enjoyed a level of success that she believes will help her pursue his academic career.
Williamson finished the year 12-7 and a berth in the District 4 playoffs, and despite being injured throughout the year, Sargent was still able to contribute heavily to their success with 62 kills, 12 aces, eight blocks and 155 recoveries in just 45 sets played.
For her career, the Lady Warrior would rack up 76 kills, 13 blocks, 12 aces and 296 digs in just 86 sets and will be a nice addition to the Keystone program going forward.
She has shown steady improvement on the court during her time at Williamson and plans to step things up further as the competition toughens to the next level.
“We have a summer training coming up next week that I’m going to start doing to get ready,” Sargent said. “I studied some things and tried to improve my striking skills, my blocking and prepared myself mentally for the challenge.”
While Sargent has been stellar for Williamson on the court, she knows creating a starting roster in college is a whole new challenge, and while she’s unsure if she’ll see a lot of playing time her freshman year, she is ready to put in the work to save this time and show what she is capable of.
“I’m probably going to have to work on it,” Sargent said of his expectations of seeing the floor in his freshman year. “I’ve watched a lot of films from my teammates and the competition is strong. But I think if I work hard enough, then I’ll see some time.
During his senior year at Williamson, the Lady Warriors were a close group that showcased family and team mentality. Sargent felt a similar sentiment during his visit to Keystone and thinks it will be a key part of not only the transition to the college game, but also his success.
As her high school career draws to a close, Sargent looked back with great fondness on the time she spent with coaches and teammates during her time at Williamson. From camps to training, he will miss these experiences and the time spent with his team.
“I’m going to miss how close we all were and how much we encouraged each other,” Sargent said. “I’m going to miss the offseason when we all worked together and went to camps, and I’m just going to miss my coaches, but I’m looking forward to the future.”
In addition to playing volleyball, Sargent plans to pursue a career in chiropractic and is excited to begin the next chapter of her academic and athletic career while at Keystone.
“I’m nervous, but I’m excited,” Sargent said. “But mostly I’m ready to take the next step and see what Keystone has to offer.”