LAMAR, Mo. – In April, the Stephens College volleyball program received a letter of intent from Kelsey Taffner, a four-year starter for the Lamar High School Tigers.
The 5-7 athlete played a variety of positions including middle hitter, outside hitter, rightside hitter and libero, but considered her primary position to be outside. At Stephens, she expects to play primarily libero.
This past year, Taffner guided the Lamar Tigers to a 19-11-3 finish, 11 more wins than the previous season. In addition to high school ball, Taffner was instrumental in helping start a club team (Lamar Slam) in her hometown three years ago.
The Stars will be inheriting a strong student-athlete in the classroom as well. Carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA and ranking first in her class, Taffner has earned several academic accolades including Academic All-State in volleyball four years in a row, top overall art student, and first place at the State SkillsUSA competition in advertising design.
Kelsey, daughter of Kevin and Shelby Taffner, plans to major in Fashion Marketing & Management at Stephens.
|Kendahl Adams||F||5-8||Columbia, Mo.||University of Missouri - St. Louis|
|Chalee Britt||F||5-9||Callao, Mo.||Macon R-1 High School|
|Makenzie Jemes||G/F||5-9||Macon, Mo.||Macon R-1 High School|
|Kiana Homan||-||5-4||Lebanon, Mo.||Lebanon High School|
|Lindi Congour||-||5-5||Montrose, Colo.||Montrose High School|
|Sierra Green||-||-||O'Fallon, Mo.||Fort Zumwalt North High School|
|Katelyn Bartels||-||5-3||Osage Beach, Mo.||Camdenton, Mo.|
|Ellie LaPosha||-||5-2||St. Peters, Mo.||ort Zumwalt South High School|
|MaCayla Montgomery||-||5-1||Eldon, Mo.||School of the Osage|
|Chloey Cavanaugh||D/F||5-1||Juneau, Alaska||Cottey College|
|Maeghan Ely||GK||5-4||Lenexa, Kan.||Shawnee Mission West High School|
|Stephanie Ivanoff||D/MF||5-3||River Forest, Ill.||Oak Park & River Forest High School|
|Sophie Taube||MF||5-2||Boonville, Mo.||Boonville High School|
|Kendall Williams||MF/F||5-5||Mesa, Ariz.||Skyline High School|
|Becca Johnston||3B/C||5-3||Columbia, Mo.||Battle High School|
|Emma Kelly||P||5-10||Hartsburg, Mo.||Southern Boone High School|
|Allex Looper||-||-||Beaver, Okla.||Beaver High School|
|Samantha Knaust||MH/RS||6-1||O'Fallon, Mo.||Fort Zumwalt North High School|
|Rose Carter||OH/MH||5-8||Carrollton, Mo.||Carrollton High School|
|Sydnee Poindexter||OH||5-7||Boonville, Mo.||Boonville High School|
|Kelsey Taffner||L/OH||5-7||Lamar, Mo.||Lamar High School|
|Shelby Wood||S||5-4||Rogers, Ark.||Rogers Heritage High School|