Shelton: Holy Family s Johannsen proving to be one of postseason s biggest hitters

Kassy Johannsen, it is a name that gives most blockers the chills.

The Holy Family (20-5) hitter has become one of Class 3A’s most dangerous attackers, entering Friday and Saturday’s state tournament with the second-most kills in the classification. The tall and powerful senior has 393 kills, averaging 15.72 kills per outing in the fifth-seed Tigers’ 20-5 campaign this season. Impressive as her overall statistics are, it has been Johannsen’s most recent play that has turned heads.

Johannsen found an extra gear Nov. 3, pushing the Tigers to the Region C Tournament championship game and into runner-up status. The hitter finished the three-game stretch at defending 3A state champion Valley with 67 kills. Her best showing came in the finals, when she collected 23 kills in Holy Family’s 3-2 loss to Valley.

The Tigers’ top hitter setting a positive postseason tone has the potential to spark pyrotechnics at state.

Holy Family’s second pool-play game 2 p.m. Friday, at the Denver Coliseum pits Johannsen against 3A’s most productive offensive player. Maggie Sherrill of top-seed Colorado Academy has 438 kills to her name this season, producing nine outing with 20 or more kills. But the Mustangs’ offensive juggernaut is a known commodity to the Tigers.

Colorado Academy delivered Holy Family its only Metro League loss, beating the Tigers 3-2. The opposing hitters did not disappoint in the Sept. 30 meeting. Johannsen had 20 kills in the match, Sherrill 26.