Cabrini's Steph Judkins a volleyball standout

The sophomore is also serving as a team captain.

Matt Leon
October 19, 2018 - 3:40 pm
Cabrini sophomore outside hitter Steph Judkins

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Steph Judkins has established herself as one of the top Division III women's volleyball players in the country. 

The Cabrini University outside hitter leads the Atlantic East Conference with 401 kills and that number places her in the top ten nationally. She leads the conference in points and is fourth in hitting percentage. She has been named conference player of the week 10 times during her career and she is serving as a team captain here in 2018.

Not bad for a sophomore.

The high level play of Judkins, a Perkasie native, has helped the Cavaliers to an 18-8 record (5-0 Atlantic East).

"This season has been a blast," Judkins said. "It has been great having the incoming freshmen have such an impact on our team. The seniors have been great with helping all of us (and) lead the way this season with the tough schedule that coach put (together) for us."

Judkins arrived on campus in 2017 and made an immediate impact, earning AVCA National Division III Freshman of the Year and AVCA All-America third team honors. She was also named conference player and rookie of the year.

"Coming in, we knew she had potential, but she's exceeded all of our expectations to tell you the truth," Cabrini head coach Eric Schaefer said. "This year she came in even better than last year. The sky's the limit." 

"She carries herself like a senior, on and off the court," he added. "She's one of our captains this year and that's not something that we do often is have a sophomore as a captain. But she's definitely been a great leader on and off the court for us."

Judkins talks about hitting the ground running last year as a freshman.

"I knew coming in it was going to be hard because, you know, new team and everything," she said. "But I think what really helped me was the support system that we have here at Cabrini. Coach Schaefer was really positive and really supportive of me coming in and I feel like that really helped me get where I am now and push myself to be an even better player."

Judkins has obviously received a lot of attention and earned a lot of accolades already in her career, but she says it is all about team success.

"Because without my team I couldn't have gotten the freshman of the year (and) All-American, because volleyball is a team sport and you can't really do anything without your team," she said.

Judkins and the Cavaliers play Keystone and Marymount on Saturday.

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