It may not be her primary sport, but Kyla Irwin is still one of the state’s best in volleyball.
The State College junior has been named to the Class AAA All-State team by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.
The 6-foot-2 middle hitter was the lone Lady Little Lion, and the only athlete from District 6 in Class AAA, named to the 50-player team after helping State College to the District 6 title and a berth in the PIAA tournament.
“It’s pretty cool because I never really thought of that happening,” Irwin said. “It is my second sport, so I really don’t spend nearly as much time doing it, but I think it’s awesome what I can do in three years of playing.”
It is Irwin’s first all-state honor in volleyball after capturing second-team all-state accolades as a sophomore in basketball. Irwin is on the verge of scoring her 1,000th career point and has already given an oral commitment for a scholarship with defending national champion Connecticut.
Aside from a few open gym sessions, the only time Irwin usually devotes to volleyball is in-season, from mid-August to November, picking up the sport for the first time in eighth grade. Otherwise she is focused on her main sport.
“I do have a lot of fun with the girls, and I do like to play volleyball,” she said. “It’s also nice to get a break (from basketball).”
For this past season Irwin tallied 258 kills, 83 blocks and 68 aces as the Lady Little Lions closed the season with an 18-3 record. She had nine kills and seven blocks in a four-set loss to North Allegheny in the PIAA opening round.