Roosevelt's Maggie DeJong is closing out her illustrious high school career this year. Through 22 games, the senior has racked up 345 kills and 98 blocks.
"She has been tremendous this year as far as being a leader. She has had four years of experience as a varsity player and she has led this team tremendously," Roosevelt Head Coach Holly Lynch said.
DeJong has led the Riders to the state title game three consecutive years and finally captured the title last year. With a championship added to her 1,000 plus career kills, she caught the eye of perennial powerhouse Louisville. She will be a Cardinal next fall.
"I'm proud. I'm so happy for her and I think she made a great choice. Louisville has a great program and my family is from Kentucky, so I can go watch her play," Lynch said.
"It's going to be a big change, but I'll get use to it when I learn their defense and offense. I'm excited and ready for it," DeJong said.
But before she can begin packing for college the 6-foot tall senior has some unfinished business to take care of here in South Dakota. Her Riders will look to avenge their only loss in the state Tuesday night as they travel East on 41st St. to take on O'Gorman.
"I'm really excited and I hope we come out with a bunch of fire, get pumped up about, and celebrate after every point. We have to make sure that we are serving aggressively, get our passes, swing aggressive, and close out block," DeJong said.
Coach Lynch says if you are planning on attending tomorrow nights showdown that you get a seat early. Game time is set for 7:00 at O'Gorman.