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Decatur’s Satasha Kostelecky commits to Rice

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, January 20, 2018.
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Decatur junior Satasha Kostelecky announced her commitment to play volleyball at Rice University in a Twitter post Saturday evening. Kostelecky later confirmed her choice with the Wise County Messenger and said while she had interest from a host of Division I schools like USC, Clemson and SMU, Rice was ultimately the best fit for her.

“They have an amazing, competitive program,” Kostelecky said. “Their coaches are amazing. Their academics are phenomenal. They’re one of the top schools in the nation.”

Kostelecky helped the Lady Eagles to a 28-14 record last year, guiding Decatur to the third round of the playoffs. A huge net-front presence at 6’3, Kostelecky was instrumental during the Lady Eagles’ postseason run, notching 131 blocks and 212 kills on the season.

As a result, Kostelecky earned second-team 4A all-state honors, and was the All-Wise Blocker of the Year.

“She was one of our key players,” said Decatur coach Clark Oberle. “Offensively and defensively she was a factor for us. She’s one of those kids that other coaches when scouting us have to know where she is. They have to run their offense away from her.

“Not only the statistics she put up, but other coaches having to do things they’re not comfortable with trying to avoid her. [Those things] don’t show up on a stat sheet.”

In addition to her other accolades, Kostelecky was named the District 9-4A Co-Blocker of the Year and earned academic all-district honors.

Last summer, Kostelecky brought home a silver medal at the USA Volleyball Championships in Minneapolis, going 10-1 at the championships. The year before that as a sophomore, Kostelecky was the Wise County Defensive Player of the Year and a TAVC first-team selection, blocking 133 shots and tallying 337 kills.

After her senior year at Decatur, Kostelecky will join a Rice team that finished 21-9 last season before being swept in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) by Texas State.

“It means a lot to me just to be able to represent Decatur,” Kostelecky said. “Playing at a big school like this, being able to represent the town I grew up in — it definitely means a lot to me, getting to play at this high of a level.”

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