BUFFALO — From the wilds of northwest Kansas to the lake shores of northwest New York State, Newton High School graduate Kyndal Bacon has become the latest Railer volleyball grad to reach the NCAA Division I ranks.
Bacon has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Buffalo in the fall.
Bacon is a 5-foot-8 sophomore setter for Colby Community College. In two years at Colby, she played in 62 matches, covering 212 sets. She had 295 kills, 2,058 assists, 75 service aces, 576 digs and 141 total blocks.
Bacon was a first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Division I selection this season.
She helped lead Colby to a 24-7 season, 13-3 in Jayhawk Conference play. Colby fell to Seward County Community College in the NJCAA Division I, Region VI finals.
As a sophomore, she helped lead Colby to a 27-4 season, 14-2 in conference play. Colby fell in the Region VI semifinals.
"Kyndal made a big impact on our program right when she stepped on campus, and we knew she would continue to do great things after Colby," Colby coach Carey Jones said. "She worked hard to get the job done in the classroom, on the court, and was involved in many extracurricular activities at the college and in our community."
Bacon is third all-time in career assists at Colby. She was named Jayhawk Conference Setter of the Week seven times. She was 20th in the nation (NJCAA I) in assists per set as a sophomore.
At Newton, Bacon was a first-team All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I selection as a junior and senior. She was a first-team academic all-state selection in volleyball, basketball and softball.
She helped lead the Railers to four straight Class 5A state tournament berths, including a fourth-place finish in 2015.
The University of Buffalo is part of the State University of New York system. The Bulls are members of the Mid-American Conference East Division.
The Bulls were 13-17 this fall, 8-8 in MAC play. Buffalo fell to Bowling Green State in three sets in the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament.
"Kyndal is a great addition to the UB family this spring," Buffalo coach Scott Smith said. "She had two strong seasons running a 5-1 offense at Colby CC. She attacks and blocks well for her size, but what is most impressive is her speed to the ball and defense."