Montana State freshman Kennadie Clute currently leads the Big Sky Conference with 311 kills. To put that in perspective, she had 935 in high school and that was a school record.
"It's kind of crazy," said Clute. "It's weird to think that, because I haven't played that many games yet. We're not even halfway through the season and I already have that many. It's just a lot different than high school. The level of play is so much different, but it's exciting."
Clute is making a big name for herself, not just in the Big Sky but the entire country. She ranks 24th in the nation in kills per set and leads all freshman in the country in kills.
"I would never have pictured myself to be number one in the nation," she said. "There's so many players out there and to categorize yourself as number one is crazy but it's awesome."
Head Coach Kyle Weindel has an eye for talent as he scouted Kennadie for years. He mentioned her speed and ability to get to the ball as things that initially caught his eye. However, even he was surprised at how well she transitioned into the collegiate level of play.
"Honestly I had no idea what to expect," Weindel said with a smile. "The only thing I knew was we were going to be young this year. The things we are getting from her and the young group have been a surprise. I can't believe how well she's done."
Still only in her first season, Clute will continue to become a household name in the Big Sky for years to come.
"We have so many years to go," said Clute. "With our three wins, I think we're starting to pick everything up and I think over the years it's just going to get even better. I'm excited to see where it goes."
The lady Bobcats will hit the road this weekend as they face off against Sacramento State on Saturday night.