INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball program has added four incoming standout players for the upcoming season. Stephanie Kranda, Kelly Kyle, Belle Obert and Jadyn Yarling will join the Bulldogs as freshmen for the 2011 season.
Kranda, from nearby Westfield, Ind., was a four-year letterwinner and three-time all-conference selection at Westfield High School. She led her team with a school-record 444 kills and 318 digs as a senior, leading the team to a 25-8 record and earning Indianapolis Metro All-North Player of the Year honors. She was named second team all-state, academic all-state and team MVP as a senior. The 6-foot-0 Kranda was also named to the Hamilton County Honor Team and Indianapolis Star Super Team. She played club volleyball for Indy Juniors and IVA during her younger years and recently played for Team Indiana.
Kyle, a native of Crawfordsville, Ind., was a three-time all-county player at North Montgomery High School. She was named second team all-state and academic all-state last year as a senior, leading North Montgomery to a 25-11 record. Kyle totaled 679 kills, 365 digs and 76 aces en route to being named Montgomery County Player of the Year. She was a first team all-conference honoree in 2009 when she had 340 kills and 192 digs during a 28-6 season. As a sophomore in 2008, Kyle led the team to a 31-4 record and was an all-county selection. Kyle played club volleyball in recent seasons for Circle City and Team Indiana.
The 6-foot-1 Kyle, who also was Montgomery County Player of the Year in tennis at North Montgomery, is a National Honor Society member and was 2010 National Honor Society secretary. She has a 4.0 GPA and will be her school’s Valedictorian.
Obert (pictured right) is a Loomis, Calif., native who was named her league’s player of the year after leading Del Oro High School to a 28-6 record. Obert totaled 418 kills and a .368 hitting percentage as a senior last season, earning second team all-state honors. She finished her high school career as a two-time all-league selection and a two-time all-metro honoree. She was once selected MaxPreps National Volleyball Player of the Week. The 6-foot-2 Obert played club volleyball for Force Volleyball Club, helping the team qualify for Junior Nationals. She was also league MVP in basketball and competed in the high jump in track.
Yarling, a libero from Greenwood, Ind., was an all-state and all-star honoree at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory. Yarling helped the team to a state championship as a junior in 2009 and a runner-up finish at 2010. As a freshman at Center Grove High School, Yarling was named All-Metro South Player of the Year and was Johnson County Player of the Year. The 5-foot-4 Yarling played for Team Indiana, leading the team to third place at U18 AAU Nationals.
Butler, a 21-10 team that won the Horizon League and played in the NCAA Tournament last year, returns five players from last year who played at least 50 sets.