DUBOIS, Pa. – The Penn State DuBois Women’s Volleyball team has brought in a 2020 recruiting class that has a heavy District 9 flavor to it.
All four new recruits – Sydney Kaschalk, Cate Gregory, KK Girvan and Megan Baumcratz hail from District 9 schools with Kaschlak and Gregory both members of the 2019 District 9 Class 3A champion DuBois Lady Beavers, Girvan a member of the 2019 District 9 Class 1A champion Clarion Lady Cats, and Baumcratz a member of the North Clarion She-Wolves.
“This is an extremely talented group of ladies we have signing,” PSU DuBois head coach Dave Alberts said. “All of them come from strong local programs that I follow. I’ve seen what they have done for their previous teams and I can’t wait to see them in action for PSUD Volleyball.”
Kaschalk was a first-team All-District 9 performer in 2019, a PVCA All-State selection, and a District 9 Class 3A All-star First-team selection after also earning D9 3A All-Star first-team honors in 2018.
In 2019, she ranked first in District 9 Class 3A in hitting percentage (.474), and she finished her career with a .571 hitting percentage, 721 kills, and 232 blocks while leading DuBois to three District 9 Class 3A titles.
Gregory was a second-team All-District 9 performer in 2019, a PVCA All-State selection, and a D9 Class 3A All-Star first-team choice. She was also a D9 Class 3A All-Star selection in 2018.
Finishing her career with 1,696 set assists, 292 digs, and 112 service aces, Gregory helped DuBois to three District 9 Class 3A titles.
Girvin was a first-team All-District 9 choice in 2019 as well as a PVCA All-State selection, a first-team District 9 Class 1A All-Star, and a KSAC First-Team All-Conference choice. She was also first-team All-KSAC in 2018 and a D9 Class 1A second-team All-Star selection and a PVCA All-State choice that year as well.
Girvin helped Clarion to a pair of District 9 Class 1A titles and finished her career with 578 digs and 72 aces.
Statistics for Baumcratz, who is transferring to PSU DuBois this year, were not provided, but Alberts told ClarionSportszone.com that he was “impressed that she was a four-year varsity starter and that she had played very hitter position.”
“Being a versatile hitter, she will have multiple opportunities to assist our offense,” Alberts said.
Alberts is entering his sixth season with the program, which is a member of the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and the United States College Athletic Association (USCAA). In 2018, Penn State DuBois qualified for the PSUAC playoffs for the first time in 10 years and advanced to the USCAA National Championships in Virginia Beach.
Over the past four seasons, the team has gone 59-37.
The Nittany Lions’ Assistant Coaches are Liz Snell of Dubois (seven years as an assistant coach) and Andrea Clark of Clearfield (one year as an assistant coach).