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|Sophomore Ricketts Right at Home at Knox College
|The Knox College volleyball team has struggled this season to win matches, but the future looks bright with the addition of a Galesburg native who transferred to the school and is putting up big numbers.
Knox (3-20, 0-5 Midwest Conference) has lost nine straight matches ahead of Tuesday night's league contest at Lake Forest College (4-14, 1-1 MWC). One of those defeats was last Saturday at home against Ripon College (9-13, 3-1 MWC). The Prairie Fire won the first two sets (26-24, 25-18) before dropping the last three (14-25, 15-25, 11-15) and the match to the Red Hawks.
Knox got solid performances from sophomore middle hitter Kelly Ricketts and senior setter Karen Frost. Ricketts, a multi-sport standout at Galesburg High School who spent her freshman year at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, had 27 kills and 10 digs for the Fire and Frost - a Texas native - recorded 39 assists, seven digs and one kill.
Frost is 7th in the Midwest Conference averaging 7.11 assists per game. Ricketts leads the conference in kills per game, averaging 5.0. Ripon's Anna Alvin, who had 21 kills in the victory against Knox, is 2nd in the conference behind Ricketts with an average of 4.06.
Ricketts is also among the NCAA Division III leaders in kills per set. She was ranked 12th in the nation with 4.37 as of October 4th.
Next up after Lake Forest for Knox is rival Monmouth College (8-10, 3-4 MWC) Thursday night at 7:00 at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Fighting Scots have one of the conference's best players in Chelsey Widdop. Widdop is 9th in the league in kills per game (2.67) and 6th in digs (4.50). Teammate Alicia Yeakey is 8th in hitting percentage (.245), Alexis Keller is 4th in assists (8.53) and Jenna Bean is 10th in service aces (0.38).
Monmouth as a team is 2nd in the MWC with 20.50 digs per game, 2nd in blocks (1.93), 4th in assists (10.07) and 5th in kills (10.60).
Kelly Ricketts during a match earlier this season for the Prairie Fire
(Photo courtesy of Knox College Athletics)