T-D HS Volleyball

Richland's Roush selects Red Flash for volleyball

By: Mike Mastovich

Richland High School senior Kelsey Roush signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I women’s volleyball at St. Francis University in Loretto on Tuesday.
“I love the campus,” said Roush, a 6-foot outside hitter and setter with the successful Rams program. “They have a great occupational therapy program, and I’m excited about that because that’s the program I want to go into in college.”
Roush’s career statistics include 963 kills, 485 assists, 115 blocks and 135 aces.
She earned Class AA All-State status in 2012. Roush was a three-time District 6 first-team pick as a sophomore, junior and senior, as well as an all-district second-team choice as a freshman.
“Kelsey has the basic skills that are very solid, which is going to be an attribute with her furthering her skills and playing at a higher level of competition,” Richland girls volleyball coach Don Civis said. “She has a very fundamentally sound game.”
This season Roush helped the 16-3 Rams reach the District 6 Class AA championship.
Richland finished runner-up to Philipsburg-Osceola, which fell to District 7 runner-up Indiana in the PIAA tournament.
“Our volleyball program really helped me to take the next step,” Roush said. “We did a lot of training. I was able to interact with a bunch of people. I learned more about people just by having that team experience.”
Roush will play at St. Francis under sixth-year coach Chuck Mullen, who led the Red Flash to a 5-22 mark this season, including a 5-9 record in the NEC. In 2012, St. Francis went 14-16 with a program-high 10 conference wins.
“I love their coach. The team seems really nice too,” Roush said. “I was there for a camp and I was able to interact with them.”
“Chuck (Mullen) has brought new life to the program,” Civis added. “It’s a Division I school and it’s very competitive.”
Roush also participates in the Keystone Volleyball Club based in Greensburg and plays basketball at Richland.
She is the daughter of Barb and Ron Roush of Richland.