Pictured left to right: Rachel Steinhoff, Kelsey Pecaut, and Taylor Covington.
Photo by Quick News student intern Taylor Goad.
--Kelsey Pecaut, Taylor Covington, and Rachel Steinhoff not only were the 2012 volleyball team’s top players in their respective positions, more importantly they are among an elite group of student athletes in Missouri.
While excelling on the court they exceled more so in the classroom, which has earned them the highest award any student athlete can receive. Earlier this month Pecaut, Covington, and Steinhoff were announced to the Academic All-State Team for volleyball.
There are three criteria a student athlete must achieve in order to receive this prestigious award.
- 1. They have to be a varsity player. (Any grade level)
2. Player must have competed in at least 75% of the team’s total variety matches.
3. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above after the first semester of the school year
Pecaut was a three year starter, finishing her career maybe not exactly how she dreamed of by winning state, instead she displayed her inner strength and will power to let nothing stand in her way by over coming obstacles and still finding a way to succeed. She did more than express her desire to win, she showed the type of person she is and what it takes to be successful in life.
In New Haven’s last regular season game Pecaut severely injured her left shoulder, which appeared to be a career ending injury. However, everyone under estimated Pecaut’s unwilling desire to finish her career the same way it began four years ago, on the court.
New Haven would end up losing the district championship game however Pecaut was able to finish her career with no regrets.
Aside from being successful students, Covington, Pecaut, and Steinhoff also put up some impressive numbers during this past season.
This was sophomore Taylor Covington’s (pictured below) first year playing at the varsity level. Covington played middle blocker and finished 161 kills and 30 blocks. Covington has a bright volleyball career and it should be fun watching her play over the next two years.
Junior Rachel Steinhoff (pictured below) started for the second straight year on the varsity team. Last year as a sophomore she was the team’s libero. This past year Steinhoff was an outside hitter, finishing the year with 119 kills.
Over the past two years Steinhoff has compiled an impressive state sheet, scoring 265 points off a total 491 serves and a 94% average. She was second in serve/receive with 611 and 305 digs.
The graduating senior Kelsey Pecaut is an all around great player, leading her team in serving, scoring 435 points on 708 serves and an impressive 126 aces during the past two years. (Career numbers unavailable.) Peacut has been the team’s number one server in fact in the 2011 season she finished with the 11th most points across the St. Louis area. (242)
Pecaut led this year’s team with 165 kills, 329 kills over the past two years, and number one in serve/receive with 556 while digging 510 balls.
Pecaut was also apart of the Class 1 All-State team all three years playing at the varsity level.
Congratulations on receiving Academic All-State from QuickNewsNow. Best of luck to Kelsey in all her future endeavors.