Holt sets state mark for kills
JOHNATHAN BENTLEY Daily Mountain Eagle
Eagle Sports Editor
Published October 05, 2005 12:44 AM CDT
DORA -- Kimber Holt etched her name into the state record book
The Dora senior set the state record for career kills during the Lady
Bulldogs' win over Parrish. After her 19-kill performance, Holt moved
past Pelham's Jeni Jones for first on the list. Holt needed just three
kills to eclipse Jones' mark of 2,282 set between 1992-94. Holt now
has 2,299 career kills. Before Tuesday's match, Holt was given a ball
signed by Dora's players. Dora coach Brian Keeton said Holt's stats
will be added to the ball after the season.
"She's worked hard to get everything she's got. She hasn't had
anything given to her," said Keeton, who is in his first year
as Dora's volleyball coach. "She may not be the biggest middle
hitter, but she might be the smartest."
Holt has been playing for Dora's varsity team since she was a freshman.
She totaled 495 kills as a freshman, 695 as a sophomore and 626 her
junior year. So far this season she has 482 kills.
Keeton, who also has Holt on the softball and basketball teams, said
she is easy to coach.
"She's a joy to coach. She doesn't complain. If I ask her to
tip, she will tip. If I ask her to fake a decoy, she'll fake a decoy.
She'll do anything I ask her to do," Keeton added.
Keeton said a kill is defined as a ball that is hit across the net
and is not returnable.
"It can be a tip or a bump. If the ball is shanked or if it hits
the floor, it's a kill," Keeton said.
Holt led Dora to its 24th win on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs (24-8) beat Parrish 25-20, 27-25, 9-25, 25-12. Holt
had 19 kills, 11 digs and four aces. Kayla Twilley added 15 assists
and four aces, Kayla Smiley had seven kills and three digs, Takeyah
Alford had seven kills, Jessica Motte contributed 13 assists, Kiaundra
Spann had 17 digs and Ariel Haynes added seven digs.
Holt will look to add to her record-breaking total on Thursday when
Dora travels to Double Springs to take on Winston County and Hanceville
in a tri-match.