ELK MOUND, Wis. (WEAU) - It takes instincts, timing and precision to execute a kill and for Elk Mound’s Morgan Radtke she’s pretty much gotten it down to a science. The senior middle hitter and blocker eclipsed 1,000 career kills in the opening weekend of the prep volleyball season at the UW-Stout Sprawl.
“My mentality is if I’ve hit it somewhere and I know that’s open I’ll try to go there or if I see something that’s open I’ll go there,” explained Mounders senior Morgan Radtke. “Once they’ve blocked the ball or something or gotten that spot I try something new because my rule is like three tries and if it doesn’t work, try something new.”
Radtke has racked up 113 kills through 23 sets so far this year as she continues to dominate the front row for the Mounders. It’s been her ability on the attack that offers the rest of the team a boost of confidence.
“I think that overall energy-wise, Morgan provides it,” said Elk Mound head coach Sam Stelter. “She goes up and puts a ball down and that’s a spark for every kid on our team.”
It isn’t just that she stands 6-feet tall or that her spike could put a dent in the court, Morgan Radtke has been like a sponge over her varsity career learning how to become the force that she is today.
“I’ve got to know the game a lot more and see the court a lot more,” added Radtke. “I think a big thing is to know the open spots and be able to put the ball there because if you don’t they’re going to pick it up and I think that’s something I’ve really built upon.”
Radtke hasn’t just excelled at attacking in her prep career; she’s closing in on 300 total blocks as well.
“We’ve just seen her grow so much more dynamic in being able to hit angles, find the holes – really see the court a lot better than she did even last year,” detailed Stelter. “She knows tendencies. She can pick up, read hitters, get herself in position and we’ve really seen her blocking game grow over the last couple years as well.”
With Morgan Radtke leading the charge the Mounders hope to finish this season as champions of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference for the first time since 2012.