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Krupp headed to Division III college to play volleyball

Darrell Moody

Kendra Krupp visited Methodist University during her sophomore year and fell in love with the beautiful North Carolina area.

Now, she will call the state home for the next four years after being accepted at the Division III USA South school. Division III schools don’t offer athletic scholarships, but offer a package based on the student-athlete’s GPA and test scores.

Krupp, the Senators’ starting setter and assist leader last year, chose Methodist over Chesnut Hill College, King State College, Concordia and South Abilene College.

Krupp said that the school’s Environmental Management major was what put Methodist in the driver’s seat in terms of selecting a school.

“I want to work with sea life and stuff like that,” Krupp said. “They have a simulator at school which helps you learn how to deal with natural disasters. Once they offered, I couldn’t turn them down.”

Krupp said she worked with Rocco Pelino of the National Scouting Report. Pelino sent a video from Krupp’s time at Carson and with the Capitol City Volleyball Club to schools all over the country.

Methodist was 19-11 last season under coach Eddie Matthews, who because of NCAA rules, isn’t allowed to talk about Krupp.

Krupp expects to compete for playing time at setter with Kayci Miller, Methodist’s only returning setter from last year.

“They have a junior (to-be) setter, but she also plays libero,” Krupp said. “We’ll have to see what happens when I get there and we start practice.”

Carson volleyball coach Justin Malley said that Methodist should be a good fit for the 5-foot-8 Krupp.

“Kendra is fairly athletic, and that can make up for a lack of height,” Malley said. “If they play a 6-2, she can put up a decent block, too. Her coach will have a lot of options when Kendra gets there.

“I thought she played very well at the end of the year. She was in a new role, and she got better and better as the year went on. She made tremendous strides the past year to improve her game and mental toughness.”