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MCC signs Loveland Libero for fall volleyball season

Loveland, Colo. native McKenna Crews signed her letter of intent Friday afternoon to play volleyball later this fall at McCook Community College.

“I chose MCC because it felt like home as soon as I walked in. I love the team and coaching staff, and they work hard,” she said. “McCook is a second hometown for me, and I can’t wait to play here.”

She said her family spends a lot of time in the Culbertson area for summers and during hunting season. In addition to signing her letter of intent this weekend, McKenna plans to spend the rest of the weekend filling her Nebraska doe permit.

MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said McKenna brings a lot to the libero position and while a couple current freshmen have played well as defensive specialists during the extensive preseason, the coach said she has no doubt Makenna will come in and give everybody a run for their money.

“I do like to have competition within our team because we end up being better because everyone is pushing each other,” she said.

Crews is a 5-6 libero/defensive specialist from Thompson Valley High School and is a four-year letter winner in volleyball as well as competing in the throwing events in track and field. During her junior year of volleyball in 2019 she played in 84 sets and had 274 digs, as well as 50 kills, 40 service aces and 33 set assists. As a serving specialist she was at 92 percent during her junior campaign.

When asked the secret to a wicked serve she said “I guess moving lots of hay bales starting when I was younger.”

While Colorado High School delayed volleyball in the fall, she is playing club volleyball for Rocky Select Elite and hopes to play her senior season this spring, but will not be able to compete in track if both seasons are allowed.

She said she played all the ‘boy’ sports growing up but finally decided to do something her brothers didn’t do. So she tried volleyball and has loved it ever since.

Off the court she is a four-time winner of Colorado Academic All-state, Student Council President, two-year member of National Honors Society and a four-year member of the Spanish National Honor Society.

She plans to study science at MCC with an eye toward Veterinary Science and hopes to continue her volleyball career after McCook at a four-year school.

Her favorite quote is “Cowboy Up.”