Ensing Becomes Eighth Active Member of 1,000 Kill Club

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 17th, 2018 | News

Long Beach State junior outside hitter Kyle Ensing tallied his 1,000th career kill in the 49ers Saturday road match with No. 4 Hawaii.

Ensing’s career tally now stands at 1,001, making him just the eighth active Division I player to reach the 1,000-kill milestone.

Ensing also becomes the second LBSU player this season to join the elite group, following fellow junior TJ DeFalco.

Of the eight players on the list, five are seniors, while Hawaii’s Stijn van Tilburg is the third junior alongside Ensing and DeFalco.

Two more players are within striking distance of the 1,000 kill milestone.

  • Jake Arnitz, UCLA – currently has 991
  • Robert Poole, Mount Olive – currently has 974

Current Division I Players with 1,000 Career Kills

Name, School Sets Played Kills
Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State 428 1,599
TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State 309 1,244
Tanner Syftestad, UC San Diego 336 1,202
Stephen Braswell, Saint Francis 427 1,194
Jeff Sprayberry, King 352 1,189
Brenden Sander, BYU 360 1,079
Stijn van Tilburg, Hawaii 272 1,042
Kyle Ensing 304 1,001


Including the Division III ranks, there are 19 total players nationwide with 1,000 career kills. Of the 11 Division III players, three are juniors: Quinn Peterson (Juniata), Landon Shorts (Stevenson) and Jon Smallpage (Marian WI).

Current Division III Players with 1,000 Career Kills

Name, School Sets Played Kills
TJ Wiechecki, Marmount (VA) 377 1,439
Gabe Shankweiler, Stevens 439 1,343
Brannon Perdicho, Wells 382 1,312
Matthew Knigge, Vassar 427 1,278
Lake Merchen, UC Santa Cruz 351 1,133
Ryan Guyton, Sage 381 1,117
Bailey Cecchi, Sage 386 1,106
Luke Spicer, Dominican (IL) 359 1,099
Quinn Peterson, Juniata 297 1,054
Landon Shorts, Stevenson 318 1,034
Jon Smallpage, Maian (WI) 281 1,001


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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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