WATERLOO — The Cedar Valley’s pipeline of youth talent continues to pay dividends for the University of Northern Iowa volleyball team.
Waterloo West junior Kaylissa Arndorfer recently announced her verbal commitment to head coach Bobbi Petersen’s program.
The 6-footer is a two-time All-Metro selection, landing on a first team loaded with some of the state’s top talent last fall.
Arndorfer led the Wahawks with 2.76 kills per set on .309 hitting and finished her most recent season with 140 blocks at an average of 1.59 per set.
Wanting to stay close to home, her decision ultimately came down to UNI and Iowa State.
“It’s just amazing,” Arndorfer said.
“The program I’ve watched, and now I get to be a part of it. It’s just a really cool feeling.”
Among the traits Arndorfer says she’s noticed following UNI’s program throughout her childhood in Waterloo is the manner in which the players value hard work.
The Wahawk standout has invested plenty of time herself in a sport she’s always enjoyed, but didn’t come to her naturally.
Arndorfer credits time in the CIA club program co-directed by UNI setting coach Kalani Mahi and his wife, Chris, as keys to her growth.
“They’ve helped me get a lot better,” said Arndorfer, who joined CIA as a freshman.
“In seventh grade when I first started, I made ‘C’ team. I think moving to CIA just really helped me progress, not only as a volleyball player, but as a person.”
While recruited as a middle, Arndorfer is versatile enough to train as a right side or outside attacker once she steps foot on campus.
The junior has set a goal of working to become an even more dynamic athlete this upcoming year.
“I want to get a little more conditioned and increase my vertical,” Arndorfer said.
“Blocking is one thing I just want to keep improving, and trying new sets.”