SIUE senior Kristen Torre, a 2012 graduate of Highland High School, was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Team for a second straight season.
Torre’s name will be sprinkled among the all-time greats in SIUE volleyball history.
Torre, a 6-foot, 2-inch middle blocker, broke the school record for hitting percentage in a season at .375. She completed her collegiate career No. 5 all-time in kills with 1,256, which also is the most amassed by a Cougar during the Division I era. Torre also sits second all-time in hitting percentage at .315, which is also the best in the Division I era.
She also ranks among the top 10 in many other career statistical categories, including block solos (68, which is tied for fourth all time), points (1,256, which ranks fifth), sets played (443, which is sixth), attack attempts (2,945, which sits seventh), block assists (268, which ranks seventh), total blocks (336, which is eighth), points per set (3.48, which sits ninth) and kills per set (2.84, which ranks 10th).
“It has been an amazing experience that I would do over again in a heartbeat if I had the chance,” Torre said. “I have loved every minute of it. And getting honored by the conference is awesome. We gave everything we had this season, I couldn’t have gotten (All-OVC award) without the support of my team. Everyday I went out and wanted to be a better player than I was the previous game. And it’s an honor to be recognized for all of my work. I came in four years ago with a goal to leave a mark on this program and I think I was able to accomplish that goal.”
And unlike the majority of players, Torre got to experience a win in her final collegiate match as an SIUE volleyball player. To make it even sweeter, Torre’s final taste of victory came at home at SIUE’s Vadalabene Center with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-27, 25-20, over Belmont on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Torre led the Cougars Saturday with 16 kills and a .464 hitting percentage.
“That’s just an awesome victory for us to give them (Torre and fellow senior Kaitlyn O’Reilly), a senior win and a highlight match to end on with a great fan base here. It’s a special night,” said SIUE head coach Leah Johnson.
Torre, who plans to graduate from SIUE this spring with a degree in elementary education, said she was so happy she and her teammates won their last game.
“I told all the girls in our huddle, ‘We have an opportunity that many other teams don’t have. Sure we are not in the tournament, but eventually their season will come to an end with a loss and unlike them we get to end our season with a win. So we have a chance to be proud and end our season on a high,’ ” she said.
“And we did just that.”