Koolman rewrites volleyball defensive record books

Mount Ida College senior libero Kelcey Koolman, of Bedford, has put herself in the women’s volleyball record books this year by becoming the all-time leader in career digs for the Mustangs.

Koolman accomplished the feat earlier this month during a 3-1 victory over UMass Dartmouth, collecting her 1,381st dig to eclipse the seven-year old record of Blair Canan, who played for the Mustangs between 2004 and 2008.

Since then, she now has 1,477 digs in her career, and looks to be on her way to her third season in which she records over 400 digs. Koolman already holds two spots in Mount Ida’s top 10 in single-season digs, recording 441 digs in 2013 and 425 digs last year, after tallying 310 as a freshman.

This year, Koolman is averaging a career-high 4.18 digs per set and has tallied double-digit kills in 18 matches, including 31 in a four-set win over Eastern Nazarene on the same day in which she set the career mark.

Last season against the Corsairs, Koolman recorded a personal best 39 digs in a four set match.

The defensive expert is also making a name for herself among the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), as she has catapulted herself into the conference record books in career digs, the first Mount Ida player to make an appearance in that category. Koolman currently sits in eighth place in career digs among all players ever to compete in the GNAC, and she has the ability to climb higher, as she is just forty digs behind the next closest student-athlete.

There are now five Mustangs who have over 1,000 career digs, the NCAA-recognized gold standard for defense in a women’s volleyball career. Joining Koolman and Canan are Christina Nikolaidis (2002-05), Chelsea Darnell (2007-10), and Jacquelyn Kenel (2003-05).

Koolman also is in the top ten among Mustangs in digs per set and service aces in a career, and second all-time in service attempts (943).