The Lee volleyball team has been a powerhouse for over a decade. Every class of Wildcats has had its star player, and the current group may have the brightest star yet.
Kendra Williams led Lee to a 19-2 record, helping the Wildcats earn their seventh Berkshire County title in the last eight years and a trip to the Western Massachusetts Division III final. Her stellar junior year earned the MVP selection from the Berkshire County coaches.
Williams led Lee with 264 assists, putting her at 1035 for her career. She also led the team with 82 aces and with a 92.5 serve percentage. She was third on the team in kills with 82. She's making her third appearance of the All-Berkshire First Team to go along with her second straight MVP selection.
"Never in my 19 years as coach have I had a varsity player accrue 1000 assists," Lee coach John Warner said. "It's the first time I had a player go over 1000 and that speaks to the caliber of player she is."
Warner added her knack for the assist makes her the perfect teammate.
"She's a force to be reckoned with and she makes players around her better," he said. "No matter the pass, she'll get to it and get it setup. If you're a hitter, you better be ready to hit, because she's going to deliver a hittable ball."
Williams already had the reputation as a dominant setter, but this season she expanded her arsenal even more.
"Kendra had a decent offensive swing, but I wanted to incorporate her arm in the offense," Warner said. "It was reflected when we moved to a 6-2, she proved she could do more than set. It took her out of her comfort zone, but was instrumental in the way she was successful."
Williams' development into an all-around player is a scary thought for the rest of Berkshire County. She'll return for her senior year along with key players Shenna Tyer and Anna Wang. Warner said Williams hasn't even reached her full potential. With another year of progress, a collegiate career is possible.
"Kendra could go and play collegiate volleyball," Warner said. "She has the skill-set to walk onto a Division III school and set. She'll need to diversify her offense with slides and shoots and improve on her verbal skills. ... Work on becoming a loud, verbal leader,"