MORRISTOWN – It’s always nice to have options.
Whether it was school or even sports, Union Local senior Torre Kildow had plenty of opportunities.
In the end, however, it all came down to which school she liked best, and coincidentally she wanted it for her favorite sport, volleyball.
Kildow recently signed her national letter of intent to pursue her volleyball career at Ohio University, where she is expected to be an underdog for the Bobcats, one of the top programs in the Mid-American Conference.
“Out of all the schools I’ve been to, OU really stood out and they wanted me to play volleyball.” Kildow said. “This opportunity means a lot and I’m really excited.”
Kildow put the finishing touches on one of prep volleyball’s finest careers this past weekend at the Division II State Tournament.
“It was really exciting to come to the state,” Kildow said. “Being able to play in a state tournament twice in less than a year was great.”
Kildow was a big reason the Jets extended their season through last weekend. After all, she launched a campaign where she racked up 658 kills and an impressive hit rate of .410. However, she didn’t stop there. She recorded 289 excavations.
The number of kills is the second-highest in Ohio history for a single season.
For her career, Kildow also engraved her name in the Ohio record book. She ended up with 1,820 kills, which is the fifth highest for a career.
“It was definitely one of my best seasons,” Kildo offered. “I’m really proud of what I’ve done.”
Kildow brought the Jets more than just kills. She finished the tournament with 124 blocks, 166 aces, 962 digs and 656 assists.
These kinds of numbers generated a lot of interest in college and earned her a variety of awards. She was named First Team All-Ohio that season along with All-Buckeye 8, All-OVAC, All-District 12 and was District 12 Division II Player of the Year. She played the District 12 All-Star Game last weekend and will compete in both the OVAC and OHSVCA State All-Star Games in Wooster this weekend.
Kildow believes she can bring more than just her on-court skills to the Bobcats.
“I want to bring energy and work ethic” Kildow said. “I feel like I really fit into their culture and the coaches are super fun and I can say the girls (on the team) are fun to be there.”
Before Kildow makes her way to Athens, she has a full basketball season ahead of her. Kildow, who played first-team All-Ohioan a season ago, has amassed more than 1,300 points in her career. Included was a 2021-22 campaign in which they scored 18.3 points per game.
“It’s nice to have the college decision out of the way and I can just focus on the basketball season and the rest of the school year.” Kildow said.
In addition to basketball and volleyball, Kildow has also written for several years in softball with the Jets.
Kildow becomes the fourth member of her family to play collegiate sports. Her brothers Ty and Cal played baseball and football, respectively, in Waynesburg. Her sister Casey is a volleyball player at Mount Union.
Torre is the daughter of Todd and Julie Kildow, who is not yet sure what she will study.
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