Crest High’s Strickler signs to play volleyball at Bethel

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Crest High senior Amanda Strickler signs a national letter of intent to play volleyball for Bethel College, North Newton, next year. On hand for last Friday’s signing were her parents (seated) Garret Strickler and Shelly Strickler, who is also the CHS head volleyball coach, and standing is Bethel head volleyball coach Chad Schilling.

COLONY — Volleyball is her sport. Crest High senior Amanda Strickler will tell you that straight up.
So it was natural for Strickler to sign a national letter of intent last Friday to play volleyball for Bethel College in North Newton. No indecision about maybe basketball or track.
“Volleyball is the sport I love. I really liked the Bethel campus and atmosphere. The volleyball players welcomed me when I went on my visit,” Strickler said.
Strickler has been a four-year starter for the Lady Lancers’ volleyball team. She finished with 228 ace serves as a 92 percent server.
Strickler played outside hitter and setter for Crest. She had 660 career kills, 58 blocks, 691 assists and 506 defensive digs.
“Amanda is a good player with a good skill set. As a setter, she has good hands and a strong knowledge of the game,” said Bethel head volleyball coach Chad Schilling.
“She fits in well with team and her learning curve will be a lot less than most true freshmen. There will be some adjustment from high school to college volleyball but Amanda should do fine.”
Schilling has been with the Bethel volleyball program 17 years. He just finished his fourth season as head coach. Bethel is a member of the KCAC and an NAIA (small four-year colleges) program.
Strickler has earned Class 1A state honorable mention the past two seasons from the Kansas Volleyball Association. Strickler was a three-time unanimous selection to the Three Rivers League first team.
Strickler played Heart of America Volleyball Club volleyball for nine years.
She is the daughter of Garret and Shelly Strickler, Colony.