Dierker to take southern path for college volleyball

Bryan Veginski
Morton High School senior Kayla Dierker, center, signed Jan. 28 with Lincoln College, where she will participate on the women's volleyball team for the Lynx. With Dierker in the main office were, in front, from left: her parents Rich and Lisa Dierker; second row: MHS volleyball head coach Jen Saylor and Lincoln volleyball head coach Mark Tippett.

Kayla Dierker will be a college athlete.

The Morton High School senior signed Jan. 28 with Lincoln College, where she will play women's volleyball for the Lynx.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity I'm getting to play volleyball," said Dierker.

After seeing older sister Kristin play women's soccer at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Kayla decided she wanted to do the same in her top sport.

The small class sizes at Lincoln appealed to Dierker, who prefers that type of learning environment.

Dierker knows some of her future teammates from club volleyball experiences.

"I think I will connect well with the team," she said.

LC is a two-year college. The Lynx, directed by head coach Mark Tippett, play at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division-II level.

Dierker will be a defensive specialist for LC. She said she aims to keep improving her skills and get quicker to prepare for the higher level of play.

Dierker, who also plans to keep in shape by lifting weights and running, has played volleyball since fifth grade when she began on the club circuit.

At Morton, Dierker was one of the key defensive players the last two seasons for head coach Jen Saylor. She also was the team co-leader with 33 aces last season.

Dierker is undecided on a major with a likely focus on general-education classes. She intends to eventually pursue a course of study in the medical field.