Kennedy Schritenthal officially signed with University of Missouri- Kansas City on Friday, Nov. 16.
The senior setter has been approved for early graduation and will report in January where she will begin classes and training with the team.
Schritenthal stated, “I’m looking forward to the bonds and new friends that will come along with being a part of a new team and moving up in the intensity of the sport.”
Schritenthal began playing volleyball when she was 11 and when she started playing club volleyball, she knew she wanted to play in college.
Schritenthal put in time outside of required practices to make this dream a reality by taking privates, staying after practices, and studying the ways of the game.
“It’s been what feels like a forever, long journey to reach this goal, but it’s a journey I wouldn’t change for the world. From my teammates, to my coaches, to my friends and family, without them, it would have been impossible to do this. So, a big thank you to them is well deserved,” declared Schritenthal.
Schritenthal has made an impact on a successful DeSoto Central volleyball program. She set the record for most career kills, most career aces, and most season kills.
During her four years as a varsity starter, she received numerous awards: Mississippi Volleyball Coaches All-State First Team, North-All Star player, All-District First Team, All-County First Team, Clarion Ledger Female Athlete of the Week, and Scott Sims Shelter Insurance Scholar Athlete of the Month.
During Schritenthal’s time as a Lady Jag, she has helped the team claim a district championship for the past five years, DeSoto County championship for the past four years, a state title in 2015, state semifinalist in 2016, and Runners-up in 2017 and 2018.
Coach Margaret Falatko said, “Kennedy has been a huge part of this program for the past four years. During practices and matches, she pushed herself to accomplish her goals as a DC volleyball player, but also to continue her career at the next level. I’m so proud of her and happy for her that her hard work has paid off.”