Niccum signs to play volleyball at IWU

By Joseph Slacian

Southwood High School senior Kelsey Niccum will continue her volleyball career next year at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Niccum signed a letter of intent to play at IWU in Marion on Wednesday, Feb. 28, during a ceremony at the Southwood library.

“I really like the volleyball program,” Niccum told The Paper of Wabash County following the ceremony. “It has my major that I want to go into.

“I like, if you need help, someone is there to help you, no matter what. And, I really like that it’s close to home.”
She plans to pursue a career in nursing.

“All my club experiences have helped develop me as a player, so I’m hoping that I will be a rotation player, at least my freshman year,” Niccum said of her goals at IWU. “If not, I’m hoping that next year I will get some playing time, but I really want to make a goal for playing my freshman year.”

The Wildcats, which finished the 2017 season 28-12 before bowing out of pool play in the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship tourney, are coached by Kandice Moats.

“I like Kelsey in that she has a lot of energy and a lot of scrappiness,” Moats said. “I’m looking for her to come in and be a really strong defensive force for us.
“She’s a good serve receiver and is obviously scrappy on defense. I’ve watched her play for a while and she doesn’t let a ball drop. I love that intensity in her, that grit that she has.”

Niccum played four years for the Lady Knights, three years on the varsity level. She received Three Rivers Conference honorable mention this year, and was named to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s North All-Star Squad.

In addition to volleyball, Niccum played one year of tennis and was a student manager for two years for the Knights wrestling team.

She is he No.5 player in defensive digs in school history, recording 840 digs.

Posted on 2018 Mar 06