KX Sports has been covering volleyball all season. Couple of weeks ago, we noticed how fast the attacks were from some of the players. We decided to go around find out how fast the attacks came.
First let’s set the parameters for this experiment.
1. We went to the five Class A Volleyball schools in the Bismarck-Mandan Area.
2. We asked each coach for at least four hitters. I recorded at least three times for each athlete.
3. We stood on the court where the 10-foot line and the out-of-bounds intersect. I recorded readings as volleyballs came toward my direction.
Here’s what we found.
Let’s start with the defending state champs. Century had five girls participate. Sophomore Hattie Fitterer recorded the top kill at 37 miles per hour. She also had the highest average at 34.
Over at Legacy, Jen Astle also had five hitters. Senior Kaitlyn Emmil put a ball down and 41 miles per hour. She also had the top average at 40.
At St. Mary’s, five players also went through the experiment. Senior Taylor Gerving hammered one down at 38 miles per hour. She also had a team best average of 35.
Down the street at Bismarck High, junior middle hitter Olivia Dickerson registered a 35 mph strike, tops on the team. Junior outside hitter Macy Wetsch had the best average at 32.
Finally, the Mandan Braves sent six hitters to be tested. The Braves had a tie for the fastest attack. Senior Megan Zander and Senior Sydney Walters both topped out at 35. Mandan’s most consistent hitter was junior Laken Darras.
As we look at the team results, Legacy registered the top team average at 34 miles per hour.
The Sabers also had the top hitter with Kaitlyn Emmil at 41 mph.
One interesting note, I did find that balls further away from the radar gun recorded lower readings than balls closer to the radar gun.