Reaching 1000, Twice: A Look at Courtney Wensel’s Volleyball Feat

Reaching 1000, Twice: A Look at Courtney Wensel’s Volleyball Feat

PHILADELPHIA – Junior Courtney Wensel of the Jefferson volleyball team reached 1000 career kills and digs last Saturday, Sept. 23 when the squad traveled to play Dominican in Orangeburg, N.Y. The Rams won the conference match in three sets to remain a perfect 4-0 in CACC play. Behind the scenes of the matchup, Wensel entered the match needing 14 kills and seven digs to reach 1000 in each category on the same day.

The junior tallied four kills in the first set and five in the second, needing just five more to reach 1000 kills.

With two kills through the Rams' first 19 points in the third set, time was running out for Wensel to reach the 1000-kill mark before Jefferson swept the match. Having already reached 1000 digs, she got her 998th career kill to make it 20-15 and then her 999th to get the Rams to match point. The Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania native clinched the set and the match with her 1000th career kill as Jefferson won the match, 25-14, 25-13, 25-18.

She ended the afternoon with 14 kills and nine digs, bringing her career totals to 1000 kills and 1002 digs. It also came as Wensel's 11th-straight match with a double-digit kill total, having reached at least 12 kills in 12 of the 14 matches on the season thus far.

On the season, her 193 kills tops the squad and her 192 digs puts her in second on the Rams. The figures place her second and fifth in the 14-team conference, respectively.

Wensel joins Emily Krauss (1601 kills, 1354 digs) and Celena Rendon (1146 kills, 1306 digs) as the only other Rams to achieve 1000 career kills and 1000 career digs. Krauss played with the Rams from 2004-07 while Rendon played from 2006-09.

In their careers, Krauss played in 431 sets and Rendon in 430 sets. Wensel has played in just 274 in her 76 career matches.

Wensel still needs 602 kills and 363 digs to take over the No. 1 spot in each category. But just midway through her junior campaign, she will have time to pursue each record.

RAMS WITH 1000 CAREER KILLS
1. Emily Krauss – 1601 (2004-07)
2. Celena Rendon – 1146 (2006-09)
3. Ashley Colantonio – 1098 (2002-05)
4. Chelsea Hughes – 1083 (2012-15)
5. Nicole Berkstresser – 1001 (2006-09)
6. Courtney Wensel – 1000 (2015-present)

RAMS WITH 1000 CAREER DIGS
1. Cassandra Peck – 1364 (2004-07)
2. Emily Krauss – 1354 (2004-07)
3. Morgan McCarthy – 1331 (2010-13)
4. Celena Rendon – 1306 (2006-09)
5. Brittany Olson – 1293 (2010-13)
6. Allison Manley – 1289 (2012-15)
7. Michele Chai – 1221 (2013-15)
8. Courtney Wensel – 1002 (2015-current)

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