Vassar senior middle hitter Matthew Knigge put his name in the school’s record books as the eighth member of the 1,000 kill club.
Knigge notched a season-high 20 kills in the team’s four-set win over Nazareth College on Sunday, bringing his career tally to 1,014 and season total to 144.
For the year, Knigge is averaging 3.89 kills and 1.19 blocks per set, while hitting at a .370 clip.
The New Egypt, New Jersey, native garnered his second straight AVCA Division III First Team All-America honor in 2017 as well as the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) Player of the Year accolade and All-UVC first team honors after posting 344 putaways as a junior, while hitting at a .425 clip.
As a sophomore, Knigge put down 302 kills, while hitting at a .502 clip and adding 1.25 blocks per set, both of which ranked third nationally.
As a rookie, Knigge got off to a great start with 224 kills and a .388 hitting effort, including seven double-digit kill efforts.
All told, Knigge has notched 45 double-digit kill performances and has put up five or more kills 43 times.
Knigge also excels at the net defensively as the Division III active leader in blocks, coming into the season with 404 stuffs.
Vassar won the match over Nazareth College 26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 25-13 with Knigge notching his historic kill in the opening stanza. The Brewers are currently 8-3 on the season and have won three straight.
MVB | @VassarMVB senior star Matthew Knigge earned his 1000th kill today in a four-set win over Nazareth, now sits with 1014 kills in his career. Congratulations on yet another amazing feat by the two-time All-American middle hitter. #TheNewBrew pic.twitter.com/xSI9Hk1Nb4
— Vassar Athletics (@VassarAthletics) February 11, 2018
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