Vanessa Kuffner, Staff Writer
Rebecca Mitchell, the starting senior and outside hitter on the women’s volleyball team, recorded the 700th kill of her career this season, with two more weeks of the season left.
Mitchell started playing Volleyball for Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Ore. In 2013, she was named first team all-conference and captain of her squad. Mitchell helped lead her squad to back-to-back trips to the 6A state playoffs. Mitchell played club for Portland Volleyball Club, where they were ranked in the top eight for the Columbia Empire Volleyball Association region. While in high school, she recorded 100 kills; now in her senior season of her college career she has already hit a career high record of 700 kills.
Mitchell put on her first jersey for SMU in 2014 against California State University where the Saints took the win, 3-1. This year against the Cougars, Mitchell had a career high of 21 kills, helping the Saints take the match, 3-0. During the tournament Mitchell was one of 3 Saints to be honored to the 2017 California State University San Marcos All-Tournament team with 57 kills, 64 points, and 4.07 kills per set. The girls who were named all received honors for their achievements over the duration of the tournament.
In 2015, Mitchell started seven matches out of the 28 she played. This year, so far she started in all 22 of her matches for the season. Mitchell started her first year as a Saint with 100 kills her first season. She has already reached 283 kills this season. Mitchell is now a top hitter for SMU in her senior year. Overall this season, Mitchell has a total of 313.5 points. In a recent match against Montana State University Billings (MSUB), Mitchell was one of the top hitters for the match. She had 20 of SMU’s 60 kills, one ace, four blocks and 18 digs. This was her fourth 20-kill performance of the season.
Mitchell has helped lead SMU to victory against the University of Alaska in four sets to tie the school record in wins for the NCAA DII. Mitchell had 15 kills with a .389 hitting percentage, plus four blocks and aces and ten digs against Alaska Fairbanks. After a loss against MSUB, the Saints played Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) on Nov. 2 on the road. In the last match that SMU played against them, Mitchell had a 14-kill performance to help force the forth set. In the third set, Mitchell had delivered five kills, but the NNU Crusaders proved worthy opponents and took the set 25-16. In the end the Saints fell, after fighting back to 16-15 against the Crusaders, who won the set 25-19 and taking the match 3-1. Mitchell however, hit her 200th kill of the season to tie with Megan Vernoy. Mitchell has had a great season so far and is close to breaking the school record in kills (1,129). The women will end their season on the road Sat., Nov. 18 at Western Oregon University.