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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBKelsie Baus (right) will continue her volleyball career at Shippensburg University. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBKelsie Baus (right) will continue her volleyball career at Shippensburg University. Copyright - DonHerb

Hornets’ Baus will play at Shippensburg

Friday, June 12, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Emmaus High School senior Kelsie Baus may not have gotten the headlines of her classmate Macy Van Den Elzen, but she worked just as hard and loves the game of volleyball just as much. So when it came to continuing her playing career at the collegiate level, a few schools wanted her on their roster. Baus quickly fell in love with one and signed a letter of intent last fall.

“I chose Shippensburg because it has a great reputation as a school,” said Baus. “I will be majoring in biology and Shippensburg provides a solid biology program that will allow me to pursue graduate studies in either marine science or dental medicine.

“I took a tour of campus my sophomore year and really liked it. I attended their volleyball camp in the summer and after having a chance to stay on campus and be with the team and coaches, it felt like it was the perfect fit for me. I had interests from several other schools but felt like Shippensburg had all that I was looking for in a school.”

The Green Hornets ended their 2019 season at 22-9-2 overall, finishing as semifinalists in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, runners-up in the District 11 tournament and state playoff qualifiers.

Baus continued to better herself each season. Last fall, in 101 sets, she finished with career-highs in digs (348) and service aces (31).

“Every year since I was in seventh grade, I have played on a national club team with East Coast Power Volleyball in the Lehigh Valley and King of Prussia,” Baus said. “Playing club volleyball provided me with high intensity training with a focus on technique, discipline, conditioning and teamwork. I also played grass and beach doubles tournaments in the spring and throughout the summers and attended multiple training/college camps to constantly improve my volleyball skills.”

With club volleyball primarily taking place in the spring after the fall high school seasons, student-athletes have not been able to compete much due to COVID-19. Baus has done other things to stay active and ready for the fall.

“I have been keeping up with my fitness routine by doing an at-home program the Shippensburg athletic trainer has provided for the team,” said Baus. “I have also been taking advantage of the nicer weather by getting outside and practicing volleyball with my younger brother.”

Baus has recently become a graduate of Emmaus and she looked back on her time as a Hornet student-athlete with pride.

“My time at Emmaus High School as a student-athlete taught me how to manage my time well and how to balance practices and games while still being able to maintain good grades and participate in other extracurricular activities,” Baus said. “I was also able to keep physically fit while learning to be a good teammate and gaining valuable leadership skills as a co-captain of the varsity team this past season.”