Sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Weynand’s Texas State roots date back to when her older sister, Jessica, played on the volleyball team from 2006 to 2009.
Jessica’s experience with the program allowed Kelsey to become familiar with Coach Karen Chisum and the team environment.
While Jessica may have played before her, Kelsey is anything but a follower. Kelsey said her sister inspired her volleyball career in high school, but the decision to come to Texas State was made all on her own.
Weynand started her volleyball career at 10 when she made it onto a club volleyball team for 12-year-olds.
“I took one vacation in the summer,” Weynand said. “Other than that, it was pretty much all about volleyball.”
Weynand also played softball, but in high school she made volleyball her primary focus. Weynand’s high school team, the Brenham Cubs, was runner-up in the state championship her freshman year, and she was named District MVP for her junior year.
Weynand comes from an athletic family—her dad played every sport in high school, and her mom played softball.
Weynand’s athleticism is clear when one looks at her accomplishments, which include her role on the Texas State volleyball team that defeated UT-Arlington to win the 2013 Sunbelt Conference Championship. Weynand tallied eight digs in the victory against UT-Arlington and a team-high 15 digs in the Bobcats’ 3-0 loss against the University of Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
“Getting to play as a freshman in that match and all year is just something I never even thought I’d be able to do, so getting to experience that was just priceless,” Weynand said.
Weynand’s passion for sports explains her major in exercise and sports science with a minor in math education to give her the option of coaching and teaching simultaneously. Her dream job is to become an academic athletic advisor.
Weynand is focused on becoming a leader within her Christian faith. She is a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and she encourages teammates to attend FCA meetings. She said her next step is to create a Bible study group for the girls on her team. Weynand credits her faith as the source of her motivation, and she is eager to share that with her teammates.