Created on Saturday, 23 February 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
A standout defensive player on the volleyball court at Bellefontaine High School, Shelbi Kauffman hopes to now have similar success at Bluffton University.
Kauffman, who was twice named the Chiefs’ defensive player of the year, recently decided to accept an offer to play for the Beavers.
“I really liked their coach and their facilities,” said Kauffman. “It is a nice school and they offered me a nice academic scholarship.”
She also was intrigued by the opportunity to get some immediate playing time as a defensive specialist or libero.
“They have two seniors graduating and I feel like there is a good chance to play as a freshman,” said Kauffman.
Kauffman was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Chiefs and earned first-team all-Central Buckeye Conference honors as a junior and senior.
In her final season for BHS, she piled up 428 digs en route to being named a District 9 second-team selection.
A tireless worker, she has also played club volleyball for the past five years.
“Shelbi’s love for the game and dedication is amazing,” said Bellefontaine head volleyball coach Tara Zedeker. “She puts in 100-percent effort at all times and continues to work on her skills year-round. She is constantly seeing what she needs to improve on and is determined to do her best.”
Kauffman is already trying to get herself prepared for what she will face when she gets to Bluffton in the fall.
“I want to become more consistent and keep up with the speed of play that I will see at the college level,” she said. “I am playing club volleyball and I think that will help prepare me, too.”
Bluffton competes at the NCAA Division III level. The Beavers finished 17-14 last fall and have had five consecutive winning seasons.