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Mackenzie Koester an integral part of volleyball success

Koester AOTW

Mackenzie Koester is blocking her way to an enormous junior season.

Koester, a junior, has played varsity volleyball in all three of her years at O’Fallon and has made a huge impact for the team. In the last two weeks, Koester helped the Panthers finish third in the Edwardsville Tiger Classic, and win the Lincoln Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. Koester’s strong play earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team in both tournaments.

Mackenzie, the daughter of Deana and Wade Koester, wasn’t originally a setter until needing to fill the spot this season. Head Coach Melissa Massey says the spot wasn’t an easy one to fill, but Koester took the challenge head on.

“When I told Mackenzie she was going to be the setter for the team this year, she never looked back or questioned it,” said Massey. “She had the greatest attitude going into it and took the challenge head on.”
Aside from her new found skills as a setter, Koester has also been an impressive blocker for the Pant
hers.

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“I can honestly say Mackenzie is one of the best blockers I’ve coached in my entire career,” said head coach Massey. “You always know what you’re going to get from her when she is on the court. “

So far in the 2015-16 season, Koester has 30 total blocks, 20 block assists and 10 solo blocks. She also averages 2.3 blocks per match.

Koester has helped lead the defense of O’Fallon to multiple wins the season.

“She gets us far with our defense. She is always doing something, involved in the play, and coming out on top. She is a dominant player,” said Massey.