Ed. Note: This week’s Summer Series feature athlete is Kyndall Berner of Northwestern. This concludes the series and fall sports coverage begins next week in the New Carlisle News.

As the high school fall sports season is now officially underway with the start of practice this week, one area volleyball player is gearing up for what she hopes will be a big run for her Northwestern Warriors this season.

Junior Kyndall Berner is coming off of an eight-win volleyball season last year with the Warriors, and with a solid group of seniors returning, she hopes they can all come together for a turnaround season this year.

“My team goal this upcoming season is to improve more each game and to become closer as a team,” she said. The first day of practice for the Warriors was yesterday, and while the team improvement is first on her list, she also wants to be a better contributor with improvement on her own game.

“My individual goal this season is to improve my skills in the back row but also to improve on placing my hits in the front row.”

Berner participates in both volleyball and basketball for Northwestern, and she credits her family as the ones who led her to the direction of participating in sports growing up.

“I stared playing volleyball when I was in fifth grade and basketball in seventh grade,” she said. My family influenced me especially my sister Korynne, because she is my biggest role model and I have always aspired to be like her.” The older Berner played on the Wittenberg womens’ basketball team last year after a stellar career at Northwestern.

While she looks forward to a good basketball season in the winter, right now the focus is on the task at hand, getting the Warriors volleyball program back on top. She has had many good memories with her team in the past, including a very special game last season.

“One of my favorite memories from volleyball was the Bump for Becky game last year against Kenton Ridge,” she said. “This volleyball game is one of my highlights because there was wo many people who came out and supported the volleyball teams, also we fundraised to help fight against cancer. I have so many highlights with both of my teams it is difficult to choose.”

Berner has participated in Club Sharks volleyball to improve her game, while also getting involved in off-season workouts, scrimmages and camp in both sports to increase her skill level.

“In volleyball, I am working on becoming a better back row defender, and working on recognizing where the ball is being hit to and bettering my passing form,” she said.

“In basketball I am working on becoming a better outside shooter. With my height, it’s very difficult to post up against other girls. With the ability to shoot outside, I can then improve my game.”

For now, she is just enjoying her time playing with the Warriors, but she has thoughts of playing at the level.

“I would love to play volleyball in college, but I would still be happy without the opportunity to play volleyball,” she said. In college, she wants to pursue the medical field.

In addition to sports at Northwestern, she is also involved in FFA, SADD and active in her church.