Kylie Nothnagel closed out her volleyball career Tuesday night at home against Leander with a certain amount of emotion and anticipation.
“I have decided not to play volleyball in college but will instead focus on my education,” said Nothnagel, who plans on attending either Texas A&M University or Baylor University next fall.
Nothnagel has played volleyball ‘for as long as she can remember’ and is excited about life after volleyball.
“Between, school, training, practice, playing and club in the off season, I had about two weeks off in the summer and maybe a couple of weeks at Christmas, it will definitely be a different world,” she said laughing.
Despite the rigors of her year-round volleyball engagement, Kylie carried a strong academic load, being in the National Honor Society and sporting a predominant A-level report card.
“While I might not miss the actual sport as much, I will carry forever the friendships that I developed. We did not have as good of a year as we might have liked but we were together as friends and that really counted the most,” Nothnagel said.
Kylie’s older sister Kelsey was a volleyball player at Vista Ridge before graduating to Baylor and the four year letter winner has a younger brother, Payson in elementary school.
“We have pretty much lived here our entire lives, Vista Ridge is a great school and a wonderful experience,” she
On the court, Kylie chalked up two seasons as a varsity starter, recording 533 career kills and 208 digs. The 5-9 standout had a solid season as the Rangers rebuilt their offense.
After Tuesday night, the next volleyball experience for Kylie may be intramurals or recreational but she will always carry part of her team experience.
“I will keep the friends I have met in volleyball for life,” she said.