SF State women's volleyball player Kelly Ostello boosts team spirit

SF State Volleyball Gators
SF State Gators' Kelly Ostello, left, and teammate Katie Judd, right, celebrate after their volleyball victory against Cal State East Bay Sept. 14. Photo by Godofredo Vasquez.

The ball flies high into the air, spinning slowly above the net. She starts her approach by locking and loading her right arm, waiting for her moment to spring into the air and attack. All eyes are on her as she slams the ball across the court; Kelly Ostello goes for the kill.

Starting her second season for the SF State women’s volleyball team, outside hitter Ostello is pre­pared to put away any competition that stands in her way.

This season has been a success for Ostello as she leads the team with 118 overall kills.

She was named to the All-Tournament Team during the Route 92 Showdown tournament.

Ostello attributes her early success to a beneficial spring train­ing. She worked hard getting in shape and increas­ing her cardio so she could last longer in rallies and finish strong.

Head coach Michelle Patton is looking forward to the rest of this season and is impressed with Ostello’s ability to find ways to keep improving.

“All we can ask for is that she comes in every day with a mindset to get better; the sky’s the limit for her,” Patton said. “If she keeps putting in the work and working hard, she’ll continue to help our team. Consistency is key.”

The Gators’ conference is stacked with a host of powerful teams, but Ostello believes that this year will bring a lot of victo­ries if the girls can work together.

“No game is guaranteed for us. We have to work hard in every game because everyone is good this year,” Ostello said. “We have to perform in every game and work hard.”

Coming in as a freshman last year, Ostello competed in 26 of 27 matches for SF State and completed 130 kills averaging 1.94 kills per set.