May 23, 2006

GNA’s Malshefski to play for King’s
TL Player of the Year will be student-athlete at school that is perennial MAC power.

For most high school seniors, joining a program that has enjoyed the type of success that the King’s College women’s volleyball team has encountered might seem a little intimidating.

But for Greater Nanticoke Area’s Kaitlyn Malshefski, the 2005 Times Leader Player of the Year, winning is nothing new.

Malshefski was a four-year starter for the Trojans volleyball team and led them to the District 2 Class 2A championship this past season. On Monday, the 5-foot-11 outside hitter announced that she will continue her volleyball career at King’s, a perennial power in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

“I just really liked the school and coach (Bernie) Kachinko,” said Malshefski, 17. “King’s has been really successful over the years, and I’m excited to be part of that.”

Truth is, Malshefski is a major recruiting coup for the Monarchs. She’s the complete package--a spectacular hitter with the ability to dominate a match.

She’s a fantastic scorer who hits with power and accuracy. She is also an excellent shot blocker and possesses a rocket serve. Malshefski has an uncanny ability of being at the right place at the right time on the court.

“Kaitlyn is definitely somebody we recruited hard throughout the process,” Kachinko said. “She is one of the most athletic volleyball players to come out of the Wyoming Valley Conference in some time.”

In her senior year, Malshefski posted 200 kills, 56 digs, 26 blocks and 34 aces. Her clutch hitting propelled Nanticoke (19-2) to a 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Crestwood in the district championship match.

Malshefski played on a deep and powerful team that included Aly Byorick, Sarah Acker and Ashley Makarczyk.

“It was the best year,” Malshefski said. “We were like a family, and winning the districts was a dream come true. We had so much fun together.”

Malshefski was a three-time all-star. She also is an outstanding basketball player. Malshefski was a three-year starter for the Trojans (29-1), who won the district championship and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs last season. She averaged eight points and six rebounds.

Malshefski, who sports a 3.8 grade point average, is the daughter of Leonard and Susan Malshefski of Nanticoke. She turned down a chance to play basketball at the college level in favor of volleyball.

Kachinko said Malshefski has the potential to be a star player for the Lady Monarchs.

“Kaitlyn has a winning personality and a winning attitude. I expect her to come in and make an immediate impact this season, and look to have a great career at King’s.”

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