Sept. 12, 2012
Larson and ‘Cats ready to hit MIAA action
By David Boyce
Whenever Northwest Missouri State senior outside hitter Kelsey Larson tells someone where she is from, she knows the follow-up question.
Fargo, Larson says to whoever asks.
Oh, the movie Fargo was made there.
Larsen hears it all the time. She laughs and has a quick response.
“It was actually filmed in Brainerd, Minn.,” Larson said. “Everywhere I go they say Fargo, like the movie.
“I’ve actually never seen the movie because of that. Maybe someday I will watch it. I do get that a lot, unfortunately. My parents think it is hilarious.”
Larson, a part-time starter for the Bearcats, has every reason to be upbeat in her final season of competitive volleyball.
She is already benefiting from the education she is receiving at Northwest. Larson, majoring in public relations, recently signed a contract to work at Cerner next summer after she marries her fiancé, Luke Lavicky on July 13, 2013.
To some, the No. 13 signifies bad luck. Larson is too upbeat to think in those terms.
“My fiancé played baseball here and he wore the No. 13,” she said. “We are all about the 13s.”
Larson freely admits she is ecstatic about her upcoming summer.
“It is really exciting. Now, I do not have to worry about finding a job. I can relax. It leaves me time to focus on other things like volleyball and wedding planning,” she said.
Volleyball is still very important to Larson. She wants to do whatever possible to help the Bearcats return to a NCAA regional. She got a taste of it her sophomore season.
“It was a really good experience,” Larson said. “I definitely would like to go out my senior year with having that experience again and for the underclassmen to experience that so they have something to reach for when they are going into their senior years.”
Larson is one of three seniors on the team. The other two are Tori Beckman and Alicia Watson.
Larson and Watson though, are the only two who has been in the program all four years. They are playing for her third head coach.
“It is definitely a lot of change,” Larson said. “You face a lot of adversity like the second you prove yourself to a coach, you get a new one.
“I think the biggest thing is supporting whoever your new coach is and buying into what they have to say. That is the sacrifice you have to make for your team.”
And that is exactly what Larson has done. Whether she is on the court trying to get a kill for the team as an outside hitter or standing on the sidelines, Larson is energetic.
Interim head coach Amy Phelps uses the word commitment when describing Larson.
“From day one, she has stepped up and supported me and put that support to the team. Those are the big things,” Phelps said.
“She is starting off and on. We are still trying to find the combination for our offense to flow. She has put time in and done a good job the times she has been in.”
Tuesday evening was a perfect example of Larson contributing in the Bearcats’ conference-opening 3-1 victory at Missouri Western. Larson had four kills in a match that saw sophomore Brooke Bartosh have a career-high 21 kills for Northwest.
Northwest, which is 5-4 overall, has the talent to be one of the better teams in the MIAA. Larson sees it.
“We are still in the beginning of it from our first two tournaments,” she said. “We have seen some high points, but we have seen some low points, too. We are working on the chemistry of the starting six.
“We all want it so we will figure it out.”
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