Volleyball Position Preview: Outside Hitter

Aug. 21, 2014


Redshirt freshman Kristel Moor looks for a breakthrough season in 2014 (Zach Bland photo).
 
With the 2014 volleyball season around the corner, AuburnTigers.com takes a look at each spot on the floor. The final installment takes a look at Auburn’s outside hitters.

 
AUBURN, Ala.
– Auburn’s biggest spots to fill heading into the 2014 season will be on the outside as the Tigers look to replace graduated seniors Katherine Culwell, Camila Jersonsky and Kathia Rud with a mix of returners and newcomers.
 
Last season, Culwell joined the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club along with posting 3.08 kills per set to lead the club. Jersonsky finished her career as Auburn’s all-time leader in career hitting percentage, while Rud started all 30 matches and finished third on the team with 278 kills, averaging 2.57 kills per set.

Auburn returns Emily Klitzke and Stephanie Campbell for 2014 and the pair both earned extending playing time on the right side for the Tigers a year ago. Heading into the regular season, Campbell will look to play exclusively at middle blocker, while Klitzke could see playing time once again on the outside due to her versatility.
 
When it comes to newcomers, freshman Courtney Crable (Louisville, Ky.) will look to join Auburn’s rotation in its offense after putting up stellar numbers coming out of high school. Crable was named Kentucky’s Miss Volleyball and was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American after leading Mercy Academy in Louisville, Ky., to four-straight district titles.
 
“Courtney has a lot of experience and we’re going to need that,” Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. “She’s got a well-rounded game. She can pass and obviously attack, but I think she’ll have a big role for us. Sometimes it’s tough for a freshman to step into that role, but I think she’s ready for it.”


Freshman outside hitter Courtney Crable looks to make a major impact in Auburn's offense this year. (Zach Bland photo)
 
The Tigers also bring back left-handed redshirt freshman Kristel Moor, who could provide the club with a different look from the right side.
 
“Kristel is a very physical lefty. She’s another person that can play multiple positions all through her career. Before she got here, she was middle and she has that experience. She’s worked mainly on the right (side) and she can fly and attack. Throughout her first year, she’s learned a lot when it comes to our system and blocking schemes, which I think will pay for her this season.”
 
Next week:
Season preview
 
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