Feb. 15, 2012 — Congratulations to 17 Lehigh middle blocker Kelly Robertson and setter Taylor Krause who have both committed to play for Pennsylvania State University.
Robertson and Krause are both juniors and teammates at Parkland High School in Allentown, where they helped their team win the 2011 AAA state championships.
In 106 sets last fall, Robertson amassed 449 kills while adding 92 blocks and 154 digs. She was named State Tournament MVP and received All-State Tournament honors. She was Lehigh Valley Conference League MVP, All- State and Morning Call Player of the year.
Krause led the Keystone state in assists and was one of the top 10 assist makers nationally, never losing a best of five match setting a 5-1 offense in high school. She also received All-State Tournament honors. She was named to the Lehigh Valley Conference 1st Team, District XI first team, and was the Morning Call Area First Team Setter and a finalist for Gatorade Player of the Year.
Both girls were recently named Prep Volleyball National Junior of the Year finalists and High School All-Americans.
After Robertson and Krause attended Penn State’s volleyball camp this past summer, Krause committed to play for Penn State starting the 2013-14 school year. This month, Robertson, who had been contacted by numerous colleges representing the Big Ten, SEC, Big East, Colonial Athletic Association and the Patriot League and received multiple scholarship offers, accepted Penn State Coach Russ Rose’s offer to join the 17-player roster.
“Kelly has been the offensive mainstay for both high school and Synergy Lehigh teams,” said 17 Lehigh Coach Mike Krause. “Kelly is a very deserving, humble, hard working young lady. She is a teammate who values team success ahead of individual accomplishment.”
The cousins began playing together their freshman year of high school, and their instinctive play earned them the nicknames “Batman and Robin.” “They think alike,” said Coach Krause. “They can read each other over the course of a match. Their timing is so instinctive, regardless of pass location, they feel they can connect on every play. The synergy created between the two is contagious on the court and off.”