The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 2, 2013

College Heights' Kirsty Green signs with Oklahoma Baptist volleyball

By Ryan Atkinson
Globe Sports Writer

— Kirsty Green said she wasn’t sure what sport she wanted to play in college.

That changed when the three-sport star from College Heights took a trip recently to try out for Oklahoma Baptist’s volleyball squad.

On Monday, Green made it official by signing to play for the Bison.

“I really liked the environment. It’s loud and everyone gets into it,” said Green, who plans to study nursing at the Shawnee-based school. “Everything about the school felt right. The program was the right fit and they had my major.”

Green is a four-year letterwinner for College Heights and was the Cougars’ starting libero the last two seasons. She earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors as a senior, leading the team with 226 digs.

She split her time between the volleyball and softball programs and was a four-year starting pitcher on the diamond.

“As good as she is at volleyball, she’s only played half as much as every other kid because she was the starting pitcher on the softball team,” College Heights volleyball coach Mary Colin said. “Her potential is unlimited heading into college and being a full-time volleyball player.”

Green, the daughter of Lyle and Pam Green, said she started volleyball in seventh grade. Colin coached Green for the first time the next year.

“I had the privilege of coaching her in the eighth grade, and the minute she stepped in the gym she knew the court, she knew the game, she was a step ahead of the ball at all times,” Colin said, noting that Green’s absence was always felt when she was tending to her softball duties. “ There was a definite difference between when she was in my practice gym and when she wasn’t. When she was there the intensity level was higher. Her competitive nature is contagious so the girls she played with stepped it up a notch.”

Oklahoma Baptist is coming off its best season, finishing with a school-record 35 wins and a its first trip to the NAIA national tournament.

Green said she feels she can help the Bison continue their recent success, which includes three consecutive conference champions.

“I’ll bring a lot of enthusiasm. I love to play,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot at College Heights about team unity and commitment to the team and I’ll take that with me.”