Hill to be a Muskie

Kristen Hill wants to play volleyball at the college level.

The Marietta High senior student-athlete recently announced that she will be attending Muskingum University to continue her education and play VB after prep graduation this spring.

“I know the Muskingum coach through Ron Kidder (MHS head volleyball coach), and I like her a lot,” said the 5-foot-8 Hill. “Plus, I’ve visited the campus and met three of the players. They’re very nice.”

Muskingum, an NCAA Division III school, is coached by Dr. Elizabeth “Bea” Zicha, the fifth winningest active college volleyball coach in D3 as of last season.

The Fighting Muskies, who play their games in New Concord, compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), which also includes Marietta College. Last season, the Zicha-coached netters posted a 15-17 overal record and were 3-6 in the OAC.

“Muskingum is far enough away that if I want to come home to Marietta, I can,” Hill said.

Hill, the owner of a 3.0 GPA in the Marietta High classroom, said she is undecided on her major at Muskingum.

Hill will make No. 5, the number of Kidder’s Marietta Tiger volleyball players competing at the college level next season. Currently playing are Betsy Schramm (Rio Grande) and Felicia Zartman (Ohio Valley University). Signed up to play are Lexi Walsh (West Virginia Wesleyan) and Haley Bonar (OVU).

An outside hitter at MHS, Hill was instrumental in helping the Tigers go 19-5 last season.

Stats-wise, she finished with 198 kills, 278 digs, 22 aces, 22 blocks, and had an 86 percent serving percentage.

“Kristen worked very, very hard, and dedicated herself to the team,” Kidder said.

“She’s an all-around player and was a big hitter for us last season.

“I believe she’ll do well at Muskingum.”

Hill is the daughter of Bill and Joanne Hill of Marietta.