McPherson High School’s Paige Regnier has conquered the high school volleyball world and now she’s ready to take on the college ranks.
McPherson High School’s Paige Regnier has conquered the high school volleyball world and now she’s ready to take on the college ranks. Regnier signed her letter of intent Friday to play volleyball in the 2014-15 school year for Washburn University, marking the next step in an already successful career. She joins an Ichabods team that is 29-4 heading into Friday’s regular season finale and was ranked third in the NCAA Central Regional, with a possible birth in the NCAA tournament as well. Regnier felt at home as soon as she visited the school, as she was more comfortable with the smaller school atmosphere, and especially with head coach Chris Herron. “I really like coach Herron,” Regnier said. “He’s got a different coaching style and he’s definitely very intense and I like that about him. He’s always there for you. He thinks ‘school first’ and then sports.” Herron, in his 12th year with Washburn, has led the Ichabods to nine straight trips to the NCAA tournament and has produced 16 All-Americans and four MIAA titles. He only has missed the NCAA tournament his second year with the program and has racked up a 342-59 record with Washburn. MHS coach Christy Doile, who has coached Regnier all four years of her high school career, feels that Herron and the Ichabods are a good fit for Regnier. “She’s very competitive,” Doile said. “Coach Herron is very competitive in a high-level program. She’s worked out with him in the summer and we’ve done some camps since she was a freshmen with him. She’s excited, she feels like she fits great in the program. Her explosiveness, her power, her competitiveness is a good fit for them.” This past season, Regnier helped lead the Pups to a 39-4 record and a spot in the Class 4A Division I State Volleyball Tournament. Regnier led the team in hitting with a .375 percent mark, notched 433 kills and tied for serve-receive leader with a rating of 2.4. She was second on the team with 34 aces and third with 198 digs, 35 stuff blocks and 17 blocking errors. For her efforts, she was named to the Class 4A Div. I All-State tournament team, was picked for the All-AVCTL Division III First Team and was voted team the MVP. As for her Bullpup career, Regnier had a record of 125-12 as a three-year starter, racking up 908 kills out of 1,926 attempts with a hitting efficiency of .343. She had 150 aces, 166 blocks and 544 digs. She was named to the all-league and all-state first teams her junior year, when she helped the Bullpups to win the school’s first-ever state championship. Regnier was honored with her first all-tournament selection after the title win in 2012. Her talents have also been recognized on the softball field, where she was was picked to the all-league and all-state second teams her junior year and was named All-AVCTL honorable mention her sophomore season. More than her stats, however, Regnier has contributed her leadership both on and off the court. “She’s helped out program to get to the next level consistently,” Doile said. “As she’s gone through the years, she’s gained more and more responsibility and she stepped right into that starting role right in the middle. She didn’t take her genetics for granted. Always in the weight room, always in the gym, doing everything extra. Leading by example. She’s exactly what you want a gifted, talented athlete to be.” Regnier, the daughter of Randy and Joni Regnier, plans to major in athletic training while at Washburn. Contact Chris Swick by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.