6-5 Kaitlyn Hord garnered a lot of awards and accolades in 2017, starting with her selection to the USA Girls’ U18 World Championship 2017 team. But she injured her right shoulder during the summer, and missed the 2017 season. Which makes her selection as PrepVolleyball.com’s #3-ranked Senior Ace all the more remarkable. (PrepVolleyball.com is a pay site, but in our opinion, well worth the price.) And Kaitlyn ranked #4 on VolleyballMag.com’s 2018 Fab 50 list (fellow Penn State recruits Jonni Parker and Serena Gray ranked #5 and #6, respectively, while Gabby Blossom, Jenna Hampton and Amanda Phegley — also members of Penn State’s great 2018 recruiting class — also made the list!).
As reported by her club team — Lexington United (one of her teammates was fellow-2018 Penn State signee Allyson Cathey) — Kaitlyn signed her LOI with Penn State on November 8th:
But can she jump?
Accolades are fine, but can Kaitlyn jump? And is she mobile? Well, Kaitlyn had the best “measurables” of any player on the U18 USA team:
OK, she has great measurables, but how would she do against top-flight competition? Well, here’s a video from the 2016 season, where Kaitlyn blocks 6-2 Paige Hammonds — the #7 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace in 2017 and current Florida OH (about whom Florida Head Coach Mary Wise said “She is one of the best six-rotation hitters in the country, and knows how to win. Her talents and competitive play will help us immediately.”)
Kaitlyn Hord with what I’d guess is a rare block of Sacred Heart star Paige Hammons. 16-15 Henry Clay. pic.twitter.com/EBA46tgq60
— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) November 6, 2016
For another video showing Kaitlyn in action in 2016, Click Here (video is at the top of the page). She’s #23.
Here are selected career high school statistics for Kaitlyn through her junior year (for full stats, go to MaxPreps.com).
Kaitlyn Hord clearly is a very talented player who will be in the mix for significant playing time in 2018. Penn State is lucky to have her. Welcome Kaitlyn!
- Photo of Kaitlyn Hord courtesy of the Lexington Herald Leader.