DIAMOND — Diamond senior volleyball player Paige Dresslaer signed with Kansas City Kansas Community College on Thursday to continue her academic and athletic career.

DIAMOND — Diamond senior volleyball player Paige Dresslaer signed with Kansas City Kansas Community College on Thursday to continue her academic and athletic career.
Dresslaer will be joined by fellow Diamond senior Zoe Renfro next week. Renfro will sign with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M for volleyball at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Dresslaer’s high school career began with a position change early on and her three years on the varsity included her senior season leading the team in assists.
“I had always been a hitter,” Dresslaer said. “I started as a middle hitter, because of my height. She (Diamond head coach Karla Gaines) moved me to a setter because we needed one and I had good hands, so I transitioned to a setter.”
“We’re really proud of you Paige,” Gaines said on Thursday. “I know that when you were a freshman, you didn’t believe this could happen. We talked about it several times and you worked hard, and you made the changes you need to become a setter. It’s paid off for you now.”
The Blue Devils of KCK (not the Blue Dragons of Hutchinson) play in the Jayhawk Conference, one of the toughest conferences in the NJCAA. KCK put together a 19-15 overall and 4-5 conference mark last season and the Blue Devils’ season ended with a loss to Neosho County
“I looked at three schools,” Dresslaer said. “With the first two, I just wasn’t feeling it, but I went to Kansas City, tried it and really liked the atmosphere and the school. I just got along well with the team, so I chose Kansas City.”
The Blue Devils are coached by the tandem of head coach Mary Bruno and assistant coach Dee Bruno. Mary is the daughter and Dee is the mother, and the daughter-mother coaching duo has been together at the helm of the Blue Devils for six seasons.
The Blue Devils’ recent success includes a NJCAA Division II national title in 2012 (32-8 final record) and that was the school’s first national tournament appearance. KCK finished ninth in the nation in 2014, finishing with a 32-10 record.
“She (Coach Bruno) told me that being a freshman or a sophomore doesn’t matter,” Dresslaer said. “As long as you work hard, she’ll have a spot for you.”
Dresslaer — the daughter of Scott and Amy Dresslaer — said that she will pursue a nursing degree in college, with KCK the first collegiate stop.
“I haven’t decided yet,” Dresslaer said about pursuing volleyball after KCK, “but it’s a possibility.”