Kathleen Baldwin looks to help set the offense for the Waldorf University volleyball team during the next chapter of her career.
Baldwin, a senior setter from Collins-Maxwell High School, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on Thursday.
“Kathleen helps our team a lot by giving us more depth at the setter position,” said Waldorf assistant coach Mady Van Metre, who recruited Baldwin. “She’s a great addition because she also has the versatility to fill the role of an outside or right-side hitter as well.”
A four-year varsity letter winner and three-year starter at Collins-Maxwell, Baldwin helped the Raiders to a 13-12 record during the 2016 season and dished out a team-high 431 assists while earning all-conference honorable mention recognition from the Heart of Iowa Conference (HOIC). She recorded 118 digs and racked up 36 kills with a .284 hitting percentage. Baldwin also turned in 19 ace serves and 12 total blocks during her senior season.
The chance to play at the collegiate level has Baldwin motivated to further develop her skills and be the best teammate she can be when joining the Warriors this fall.
“To have the opportunity to continue my athletic career at Waldorf means everything to me,” Baldwin said. “I hope to become a valued member of the team and become a stronger player.”
Baldwin, who’s a Mingo native, is the daughter of Tim and Jeanine Baldwin. She is currently undecided on her field of study and said she chose to attend Waldorf due to the university feeling like the right fit for her future.
“I received many offers from other schools, but Waldorf just seemed like the perfect fit,” Baldwin said. “I really feel like I’m going to be a part of something great by attending Waldorf this fall.”
Baldwin becomes the first member of Waldorf’s 2017 recruiting class and will play under Bri Ebenhoe, who was named head coach of the Warriors last month.
Throughout Baldwin’s high school career, she defined what it means to be a student-athlete while playing for coach Scott Ranck. Her competitive drive is expected to contribute to Waldorf’s success when she takes the court this fall.
“Kathleen’s high school coach had nothing but great things to say about her leadership and love for the game,” Van Metre said. “When I got to see her play, I was impressed by her energy and how well she communicates on the court.”