South metro volleyball player of the year: Arapahoe senior made net gains
Whitney Krantz feels comfortable any place on a volleyball court.
Krantz can play in the front row or the back row. Her versatility is one of the reasons the 6-foot Arapahoe High School senior was selected as the Colorado Community Media South Metro Volleyball Player of the Year.
“I'm what they call a six-rotation outside hitter, which means I play in the front row and also in the back row,” explained Krantz. “Outside hitters don't play in the back row, they just go and hit.
“I really enjoy the back row. It's something I used to struggle with a lot but I think back row and defense takes a little bit more confidence than the front row because you really have to push yourself to go for a ball, you can't hesitate because the second you hesitate you are not going to get the dig. I played all the way around, got a lot of court time, so that was fun.”
Krantz, who along with Grace Marlow were key players in leading Arapahoe to a runner-up finish in the Class 5A state tournament, finished the season with 295 kills (3.2 per set), 229 digs (2.5 per set), 47 blocks and 27 service aces.
“Generally the people that play in the back row are a little bit shorter and they are quick on their feet and always low and moving,” said Krantz. “When I first started playing volleyball I didn't really understand how to get low to the ground.”
Krantz was Arapahoe's 2013 Most Valuable Player and coach Cara Seyers boasts about how Krantz was able to adapt wherever she was playing.
“She played all around,” said Seyers. “She was as important to our defense as she was to our offense.”
However, Krantz confessed she adores the offensive aspect of the game and executing a successful spike.
“As an outside hitter, kills are one of my favorite parts of volleyball,” said Krantz, who has signed a letter of intent to play next season at Lehigh. “I worked a lot with my coaches on just mixing up my shots. There's always room for improvement to become a better player.
“Overall it was a really fun season. I worked on improving my game, which my teammates helped a lot because it is a big team sport. They helped me not only work on my physical game but my mental game. It was probably the best season I've had in my high school career. Part of that was because of experience and learning the game a little better.”