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Penn-Trafford graduate Kajder inducted into Allegheny Hall of Fame

| Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 10:08 p.m.
Courtesy of Allegheny College athletics
Vicki Kajder, a 2000 Penn-Trafford graduate, will be inducted into the Allegheny College Hall of Fame in October 2014.

Vicki Kajder knew she had a strong volleyball career at Allegheny College, but she still wasn't expecting the letter she received this spring telling her she'd been selected for induction into the Allegheny Hall of Fame.

Kajder, a 2000 Penn-Trafford graduate, will be inducted into Allegheny's Hall of Fame in October during the school's Homecoming Weekend Ceremony.

“I was surprised,” Kajder said. “It has to be 10 years from graduation before you're inducted, and my 10-year reunion was in May. I was kind of shocked that it happened the first year I was eligible.”

The former volleyball standout, who played setter, is one of six inductees in the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 and one of two who were inducted in their first year of eligibility.

In her career at Allegheny, Kajder was a four-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection, including three First Team nods. She was named All-Region and All-America in her senior season, when she helped lead Allegheny to the NCAC semifinals.

“I was an intense player, to say the least,” Kajder said. “I was given an opportunity by the coach to lead (because) I was captain my senior year. We had a young team. It was fun, for sure. I remember after tournaments, sitting with coach, analyzing play-by-play and getting ready for the next game, or the next day, or the next tournament.”

Kajder holds Allegheny College's career records for assists and service aces and ranks third all-time in digs. She also has two of the top three single-season marks in aces.

“They don't give records for missed serves, but I probably would have gotten that as well,” Kajder joked.

Kajder said she originally didn't want to play volleyball, but somebody signed her up before she entered seventh grade at Trafford Middle School.

“(The coach) told me I was going to be a setter, and I was like, ‘I don't even know what that means,'” Kajder said. “I was (a setter) every day from that point on. I've never done anything but be a setter for my entire career.”

Penn-Trafford advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals during Kajder's senior season. She was named to the All-WPIAL second team that season.

Kajder said the best part of her induction was the opportunity to remember her teammates and the successes they had at Allegheny.

“As a setter, I don't really get a lot of the glory,” Kajder said. “Usually, the hitters get the kills and everything. I can't win the game without them. It's an honor to receive this, but this is definitely about the team. We accomplished a lot in those years.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830, via email at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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