Kendyl Sorge – UNI Volleyball senior, 2018

Eric: The group of seniors on the UNI Volleyball team are hungry for a conference championship as they look to get back to the NCAA Tournament. One of those seniors is Janesville, Iowa native Kendyl Sorgee. Brad Wells has the story on this team captain who is leading the Panthers back row defense this season. BRAD: A local product from
Janesville, Iowa, Kendyl Sorge continues to etch
her name into UNI’s record books. Ranking number 3 for
career digs, this senior is an electrifying
component to the UNI back row defense. KALANI: The Libero really brings, especially Kenyl, a settling component to what we are doing in serve receive and offense. She is just everywhere. She is fast and quick and sometimes you don’t know she is there and boom then she is there and she does a really good job of keeping the ball alive on the scramble plays. She brings a calmness that is important for this team. PIPER: When it comes game time she is serious and focused. She never wavers if she is having a tough match you would never know from her play because she is always so constant on the court and a great calming presence. BRAD: A year ago, Kendyl’s
calmness helped rank her 16th in the NCAA for Total
Digs and led a UNI team that set the NCAA record
for most team digs in a season. But it’s not just about
the numbers, it’s how she carries herself
on the court. KENDYL: So as a senior leader this year I am the captain of the back row and it is my job to lead the back row and lead the front row if there is anything I can see from my position and just take on that leadership role and get everyone pumped up and ready to go. BRAD: Kendyl’s leadership
may be just as important as her high
caliber skill set. As this senior season is
her fourth as a full time player for UNI, she knows
exactly where both her front row and back row
teammates need to be. KARLI: You know that if you miss an assignment she is going to be there to get your back every time and she doesn’t complain about it and she doesn’t yell at you. BRAD: This years
leadership role as libero is setting up Kendyl for
success after graduation. A Movement and Exercise
Science major, Kendyl plans to become an
Occupational Therapist. KENDYL: I think that helping people is something that I would be good at in my future. I think it is fun to see progress and in Volleyball you see progress and get better every day and I think with OT you can see progress every day when people come in and you get to work with them. So that is fun and exciting for me. Eric: The UNI soccer team has already competed in 10 games and is looking to get some momentum and string together some wins in Missouri Valley Conference competition. The month of October is HUGE for this team with some make or break games…we caught up with head coach Bruce Erickson for an update. The UNI soccer program faced a tough non-conference schedule with trips to Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and North Dakota. The goal was to get battle tested prior to conference competition. When you play teams I think the more that they cause you problems the better because you have to problem solve on the fly and I think the VCU’s of th world and most of our games were on the road. So you are playing better teams and you are playing them on the road and I think it helped us be a better road team. We were able to win at Iowa State, win at Colorado State, get a tie at Wyoming, to get a couple of wins at Iowa and Central Michigan that is going to help you in league play. A good mix of student athletes are working together to help this Panther soccer program score goals and lock down opponents defensively. You know we have a pretty senior group in the back with 3 of the 4 defenders and the goalkeeper are seniors so we need to rely on them a little more and make sure we are more air tight with our organization. You can catch the Panthers at home on September 29th, and October 1st at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex Eric: Still to come on this week’s show, we mic up a talented receiver on the Panther football team as he leads a group of kids at football camp, we feature an Academic All- -American on the track team, and we talk Valley football with head coach Mark Farley. This is Panther Sports Talk! The MidWestOne Bank, Where are they now, Panther is volleyball standout Beth Discher West. In 2010 she earned a 1st team All- -MVC honor and an academic All District honor after 8 semesters on the dean’s list. She was also a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year. Beth was recently promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for business at the University of Northern Iowa. West oversees the athletic business office and serves as a liaison to various campus departments regarding athletic financial matters.

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