Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Hibbing native Kate Lange recorded her 1,000th career kill on Saturday night as the #6-ranked University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) beat Minnesota-Crookston in straight sets at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth.
Lange led the Bulldogs with 14 kills in the match, with her 1,000th coming in the third set for UMD. She becomes the 16th Bulldogs player to reach that 1,000-kill plateau.
"I was going through the list, and those are some of the names I grew up watching," Lange said. "Just knowing how great they were and now to be a part of it, it's an amazing feeling."
Lange is a junior at UMD this season and still has a legitimate shot at the school's all-time kills record, which stands now at 1,843.
"She's reached [1,000] a lot earlier than a lot of them have," Bulldogs head coach Jim Boos said. "Given the pace she's on, she's got a chance to do some pretty special things in our program. I think she'd be the first to tell you that all that stuff is great, but ultimately she's here to do things as a team. That's what also makes her great. She's a team player, and that's what comes first."
Lange was named most valuable player of the 2012 UMD Volleyball Classic, and she was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Kalli Lochner, Julie Rainer, and Monica Turner.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to (9-0) so far in the 2012 season. The team will next be in action on September 14 when they host Northern State.