HOLLAND, Mich. -- She is Cal Lutheran’s all-time leader in kills. This season though, she also leads the Regals in digs and is a two-time first-team All-American.
But to her CLU volleyball teammates, senior Kylie McLogan is simply, “Grandma Ky.”
A self-proclaimed “child wrangler,” McLogan earned the moniker by being the oldest player on the team, by one day.“Off the court, my role, as the girls call me, is Grandma,” McLogan said Thursday evening, after the Regals beat Clarkson 3-1 in NCAA III quarterfinal action at Hope College’s DeVos Fieldhouse. “I am the oldest on the team, by a day. Jackie [Russell] is one day younger than me.
“My job is, mostly . . . I’m a child wrangler,” McLogan said. “I make sure that everyone is where they should be and I try to keep the focus; but sometimes I’m the one creating the distraction, and sometimes I am the one trying to rein them back in. Off the court I’m known as ‘Grandma Ky.’ Just the oldest broad on the team.”
On the court, McLogan has led the No. 3-ranked Regals (34-1) to 28 consecutive victories.
“On the court I just do what I can,” she said. “I am aggressive after ball I can be and I play all out for every point.”
CLU is scheduled to in the second national semifinal at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday.
“Unfortunately I have lost all my grandparents so I texted all the kids to make sure they texted their grandparents on Grandparents Day,” Cal Lutheran head coach Kellee Roesel said. “They texted me,” McLogan quickly noted. “They text me and said, ‘Happy Grandparents Day Grandma Ky.’ How did this happen at 22?”
Despite two weeks of airplanes and hotel rooms, the Regals have not lost their sense of humor.
“We like to have a good time“ Roesel said. “We’re a pretty intense team on the court; these kids work tremendously hard, but once we get off the court, it‘s just kind of ridiculous how much fun we have.
“We know that life’s too short and we are so blessed for what we have. At the end of the day, it’s just a game and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got all the time, but as soon as we get off the court it just a constant joke.”