NAME: Kelsey Niesen
SCHOOL: Roger Bacon High School
GRADUATING YEAR: 2024
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: High school state finals; AAU National 16 Open finals
HEIGHT: 5'9"-130 lbs.
RESIDENCE: Springfield Township
PARENTS: Iggy and Ann
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: "My siblings."
FUTURE GOAL: Play volleyball after college on a professional team
One of Cincinnati's top volleyball players is Roger Bacon senior Kelsey
Niesen, a star on the court and in the classroom. She already holds the
all-time career record for kills in Spartans' volleyball history..
Kelsey is coming off a junior campaign when she registered 280 kills
(third in the MVC), 365 digs (second in the MVC), a league-leading 905
pass points and 57 aces. She was named first-team all-MVC and first-team
all-Southwest Ohio District for the second straight year. She was also
second-team all-city (Enquirer) and was nominated as the Cincinnati High
School Sports Awards' Volleyball Player of the Year. The team was the
district champs and regional runners-up.
Her sophomore year, Kelsey and the Spartans went 22-7 (11-1 in league
play) and won the MVC co-championship and made it to the Ohio Div. II
state finals. Kelsey led the league that year with 354 kills.
A great student who is active in community service, Kelsey also plays
for the Tri-State Elite club team. She will take her game to the next
level next year as a member of the Xavier University volleyball
Her favorite athlete is Morgan Hentz, favorite entertainer is Taylor
Swift, favorite book is The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard and
most-like-to-meet are Zendaya and Tom Holland.
COACH'S QUOTE – "Kelsey's dedication to excellence makes her a
fantastic student-athlete. She holds herself and her teammates to a high
standard, consistently staying after practice to work on a specific
skill or even staying after to shag for her teammates who are putting in
extra work. Kelsey is also able to communicate with her teammates
effectively and compassionately, which makes her a great leader and
someone that her team can rely on and trust.
— Alyssa Flading, Varsity Volleyball Coach