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Volleyball: Broomfield’s Kaiser to add leadership to all-around skills

JEREMY PAPASSO
Broomfield’s Callie Kaiser is expected to take on a larger leadership role for the Eagles’ volleyball team under first-year head coach Jeff Larsen.

BROOMFIELD — Every school has at least one or two.

That boy or girl that is just an athlete. For Broomfield, that young lady is Callie Kaiser. Her exploits on the basketball court are well documented and will likely be where her collegiate athletic endeavors are take her.

But if the gymnasium door is open and there is something going on, Kaiser is likely not only to join in, but probably beat you.

Kaiser’s role on the newest edition of the Eagles volleyball team has greatly increased and the junior outside hitter will be asked to do a little bit more for new coach Jeff Larsen, who is more than happy to have a versatile athlete in the mix.

“She just gets in the gym and gets things done in both sports,” Larsen said. “She has a fantastic personality, she is always willing to learn and hold herself to a high standard. She has set some lofty goals for herself this season and I would love to see her accomplish them.”

At the top of that goal list has to be getting the Eagles back to the Denver Coliseum and the state tournament. Broomfield went last season but lost its only two games, and the Eagles left with a bitter taste in their mouths.

“We are definitely looking to go further,” said Kaiser, who was second on the team last year to Hanna Boyer with 180 kills. “Even though we are young, we still know what it is going to take and we are willing to work for that.”

Behind Boyer last season, Kaiser had several big statistical games, including a 17-kill, four-ace performance against 3A powerhouse University. The numbers will come, but it is the more vocal leadership role that Kaiser is working on and Larsen is hopeful for.

“I’m trying to work on that,” Kaiser said.

Added Larsen: “She is a leader by example right now, and she really hasn’t had a real take-charge role up until this year. I’m pushing her to take more of a vocal role this year and we will see if she takes the challenge.”

Staying active is just who Kaiser is and being on the court is never a bad thing. It could be argued that volleyball is more of a conditioning guide to basketball, but the will to win at both is strong and there are parts of volleyball that certainly translate to basketball and vice versa.

“Basic hand-eye coordination never hurts in either sport,” Larsen joked. “Jumping ability. She is one of our better leapers.”

Broomfield, coming off a 15-12 season, will start the 2013 schedule on Thursday at Legacy and will begin the Northern League grind on Sept. 9 at Centaurus.

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