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Top outsider hitter Kadie Rolfzen defends volleyball

Smack Talk: Nebraska star says ultimate athlete is in her sport



Kadie Rolfzen (not pictured) says anyone who disagrees that volleyball produces the ultimate athlete should try the tip drill. / AP

Former Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.) volleyball star Kadie Rolfzen is thoroughly convinced that the ultimate athletes come from her sport.

“It just makes sense,” said Rolfzen, who graduated early in January to suit up at outside hitter for Nebraska’s volleyball team. “The other sports are tough, but you’ve got to be really athletic to play this one.”

Need more convincing?

Here is Rolfzen’s hard sell.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

“There are so many athletic plays that you have to make in volleyball. You’ve got to be quick, have fast reflexes and get your hand on the ball at all times. You’re running and jumping every play. You’ve also got to have great lateral quickness too. The list just goes on.”

For anyone who disagrees, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?

“Well, I would love to see someone who disagrees try the tip drill. Basically it’s you and your whole team in the gym scattered everywhere. Then your coach just throws the ball anywhere he wants to; it could even be three courts over and you have to get 20 balls up and your teammates have to catch it. You basically just do it til you stop. It’s very, very hard.”

What is the second-toughest sport behind yours?

“Boxing.”

What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

“I think it’s their ability to separate their mental and physical games. That’s big.”

Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?

“I would have to say Jordan Larson. She’s the best.”

What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?

“It was my junior year at states; I went and chased down a ball on the side of the court where the benches are and popped it over the net to the front row. Then I ran back to front row; they set the ball to where I was and I blocked it with one hand.”

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