Mac's Kite earns major honor

By Steve Sell
November 28, 2017

Lexi Kite’s junior season for the McPherson College volleyball team has been honors-laden.

Kite, earlier named All-KCAC first team, now has been named NAIA All-West Central Region Honorable Mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Kite, who was a full-rotation player, set a new single-season program record with 410 kills while ranking second on the team in digs with 493. She also had 33 blocks (6 solo), 15 service aces and 15 assists.

Kite achieved a pair of milestones this season, recording her 1,000th career kill against Bethany during pool play of the KCAC Tournament and her 100th career block in the semifinals against Tabor. 

She currently ranks third on McPherson's career kills chart with 1,052 behind Erica Alvarez (1,196; 2000-03) and Jessica Miller (1,143; 2004-07) and, with 946 digs entering her senior season, is expected to join Alvarez and Miller as the only three Bulldogs with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career assists.

Kite is only the second player in program history to be recognized by the AVCA. Kory Hiebert earned All-Region honorable mention honors as a junior in 2010, then was named to the All-Region team and was an All-America honorable mention the following season.

Kite helped the Bulldogs to a 22-12 record and 15-7 KCAC finish. Both marks are school records. Coach Jessica Cleveland has led Mac to the KCAC Tournament semifinals in each of her two years after the team had been in last place the year before her arrival.