CHARLESTON, S.C. - Kylie Klein, a 6-3 middle blocker from Highlands Ranch, Colo., is starting her senior season with the Buccaneers. Coming off her junior year, she led the Bucs with a .238 hitting percentage, 127 blocks and was third on the team in kills with 216.
Not only did she dominate on the court but she also shined in the classroom. Klein was named the 2016 Big South Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a 2016 Big South Volleyball All-Academic Team selection. Klein is excelling on and off the court, but her stats may not be the most surprising thing about her.
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Favorite professional sports team: Colorado Rockies
Favorite professional athlete: Nolan Arenado
When you're not playing volleyball, what are you doing? Anything creative. I draw, paint, make jewelry and sew clothes.
Plans for after graduation: I have several different paths. I could play professional volleyball in Europe, model or work for a magazine doing graphic design.
Strangest nickname: Ky-Ky or random guys I don't know will call me Kylie Jenner at games
Favorite Class: Digital Illustration
Best advice you've ever received: Always be confident and do the unexpected
Guilty pleasure: I keep reading. I could read a book in a day. This summer I read 25 books.
Favorite pre-game meal: Pasta, but I like to end it with something sweet.
What's the most surprising song on your playlist? A Korean pop song called "Bubble Pop"
Dream vacation spot: All around Italy
Favorite moment from playing volleyball at CSU: We played Radford and were tied for first in the conference and we won the game, but every block and kill is super exciting.
Hidden talent: Juggling
Biggest role model: My mom. She's got it together and has always been there. She's my rock.
If your teammates had to use one word to describe you, what would it be? Confident, competitive or fierce.
If you used one word to describe yourself off the court, what would it be? Easy going
What will you miss most? Charleston and all my friends. There's a real connection and family feel. I also like the Charleston vibe, everyone is different here.
Despite the rough start, Klein says the team has set high goals for the season; one being conference champs. Klein has also set personal goals for her last season as a Buc. "I want to be a two-time scholar athlete and all conference first team." She also wants to be the top blocker on the team and in the conference and have the highest kill efficiency.
The Bucs will be in North Carolina this weekend for the Elon Tournament where they will face Elon, Norfolk State, and N.C. Central. You can follow live stats on CSUsports.com.