Katelyn Selensky proved to be quite the quarterback for Century in her senior season, just not in football.
The Patriots’ setter in volleyball and point guard in basketball, Selensky was an integral part of Century’s state championship sweep in the two sports. She still enjoys reliving both.
“It’s fun to still watch film from the beginning of the season to the end and see the difference,” Selensky said of the volleyball championship. “We improved so much throughout the course of the season.”
The Patriots won a thrilling five-setter over Jamestown at the Fargodome to win the state volleyball title. About four months later, and again in Fargo, Century topped Mandan for the basketball championship.
Headed to MSU-Moorhead to play volleyball, her first summer after graduation has been different.
“It’s weird not getting up at 6 a.m. to go lift or go to open gyms,” she said.
Before she officially closes the book on her high school career, Selensky will play in the Optimist Volleyball All-Star series with many of the other top players in the state. Monday’s game will be played at West Fargo Sheyenne. Tuesday’s contest is at Century. Play begins both nights at 7.
Selensky will have familiar faces both on the floor and on the sideline in Century coach Jamie Zastoupil and teammate Megan Anderson, an outside hitter.
Bismarck High’s Lexus Mosbrucker also is on the West roster.
Selensky spent only one season as the Patriots’ setter. She was an outside hitter for the Patriots as a sophomore and junior, earning varsity time both seasons. Zastoupil said Selensky’s blocking skills were strong, but her transition to setter was pretty seamless.
“She has very good hands and we did keep her in setting drills the last three years,” Zastoupil said. “She has a setter mentality. She’s very smart and has a really good understanding of the game. She’s like a quarterback out there.”
Zastoupil also said she has all the intangibles.
“Katelyn’s good on and off the court. She leads in the community. She has very strong faith and strong morals,” her coach said. “She’s a natural leader, not necessarily in being really loud or boisterous, but in leading by example.”
Whether the ball was white or orange, Selensky enjoyed having the offense run through her.
“Just being able to touch the ball on every play and having that responsibility to make the right decision, I enjoy that,” she said.
Her position at MSUM has not been determined, but she was recruited to play both. She shouldn’t have much trouble getting comfortable in Moorhead. Her sister Kourtney is a basketball player for the Dragons and former Patriots Ali Hasche and Madison Klein are on the volleyball team.
Before any of that she’s looking forward to teaming up with some of the top seniors in the state.
“I don’t really know any of the Class B girls. I know a lot of the Class A girls because we’ve been playing against each other forever, but we’ve hardly ever talked so it will be fun to get to know them,” she said. “I’m excited.”