Makayla Keffeler named Gustafson Builders Athlete of the Week

Keffeler delivered a big season for Sturgis volleyball team
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 7:46 PM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) -The Sturgis Volleyball team came up short in its quest to reach the state tournament. but Makayla Keffeler did help the Scoopers earn eight victories this season.

When you think of what you would want in a senior leader Makayla Keffeler is just that. The Sturgis Scooper was a role model for her team this season and everyone looked up to her.

“I try to lead by example more than anything probably,” Keffeler said. “I’m not the most outspoken person so and I try to be as encouraging as I can. hoping that they can pick up on that and encourage their team as well.”

Coach Debbie Cano believes Keffeler adds to their team’s edge.

“You know she has really been a great leader on and off the court. she does a great job getting the girls ready for matches. she leads by example. and just does a great job taking care of what she needs to do on and off the court,” Coach Cano said.

It’s not just that she is a great person, but her game speaks for itself. Keffeler is a competitor and does everything she can to win.

“She is very competitive I would say the most on the team,” teammate Brinley Pickett, senior, said. “She just has like I don’t know she’s really aggressive and that’s like her goal so she is super.”

“Pretty competitive for sure. I really yeah. I really like to win so I mean yeah,” Keffeler said.

Nothing makes Keffeler happier than celebrating with her team on the court.

“Yeah probably getting a good hit and seeing how the whole team gets excited or getting a block getting to experience other people’s successes too is super fun,” Keffeler said.

Keffeler led her team this season in many categories on the stat sheet.

“You know she can jump she has a really good vertical,” Coach Cano said. “She can hit well. She can place the ball when she hits. you know she is leading the team in kills this year. and has our highest positive hitting percentage.”

The Scoopers season has come to an end and so has Keffeler’s high school volleyball career, but she will always remember playing with her teammates.

“It’s been good I mean we have played together for such a long time. got to grow some really great friendships and yeah,” Keffeler said.

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