Kent State has made a splash in the transfer market out of the Big 12 with the addition of former Kansas State setter Alex Haffner for 2018. Haffner will be a redshirt freshman in the fall with four years left of play and is set to be immediately eligible.
Standing at 5’10”, Haffner spent the 2017 season redshirting at Kansas State for a team that went 10-19. Prior to that she prepped at Lee’s Summit North High School in Missouri where she won countless accolades including two-time all-state and four-time all-conference selections. After finishing fifth in the area in assists, she was also a finalist for the Evelyn Gates Award, which is given to the top high school volleyball player in the Kansas City area.
“We were fortunate to have another opportunity to recruit Alex after having her be one of our top recruits out of high school,” Kent State head coach Don Gromala said in the team’s release of the signing. “She is a very dynamic setter that can do everything well, in addition to distributing the ball very smartly. She has a knack for making those around her better she and will impact our program immediately as she gains a better understanding of our systems.”
Haffner joins just one returning setter for Kent State in 2018 in sophomore Natalie Tagala, who started 22 matches as a freshman and led the team with 8.76 assists per set. It appears both will compete for playing time with a 6-2 not out of the question.
Kent State finished the 2017 season at 5-22 overall and 3-13 as a member of the MAC, just one year removed from a 15-win season.