BUTTE — Anaconda native Korey Krumm wore her emotions front and center when the final point was scored against her and the Montana Tech Lady Orediggers’ volleyball team, effectively ending their season and her career on the volleyball court.
Tech fought valiantly but fell 25-10, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21 to the No. 1 NAIA nationally-ranked Battlin’ Bears Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the Frontier Conference volleyball tournament on Kelvin Sampson Court in the HPER Complex. In the loss Tech became only the third team in the league able to take a game off Rocky this season.
Krumm came to Tech recruited by Marilyn Tobin in 2010 and redshirted her freshman year. Undersized at 5-foot-7, Tobin recognized Krumm’s ability to get off the floor and away from the net in a hurry. Going against the norm, Krumm would start to raise eyebrows at middle blocker — a position usually dominated by size — with her athletic ability. When current head coach Brian Solomon took over in 2013, he saw no reason to change that position.
Coming into her recruitment at Tech, Krumm was the all-time leader in kills for the Copperheads, amassing a school record 842 as a four-year varsity letter winner, an amazing 201 kills clear of second place. In 2008, she set the season-high record of 396 as well. But it was hardly all she was about in high school. A three-sport athlete, Krumm helped the Copperheads to four of seven-straight Southwestern A Conference basketball crowns including two Class A state titles in 2008 and ’09.
It’s been said by many Krumm learned to play against bigger and stronger opponents while on the basketball court as she was always matched up against posts and power forwards with her back to the basket. Despite her size, Krumm developed a keen sense for the bounce of the ball. And her speed and footwork, the most overlooked of all, always frustrated the opposition.
What many don’t know about Krumm is her work ethic was second to none. Being 5-foot-7 and never losing a starting spot from her sophomore year on requires a ridiculous amount of dedication. Krumm finished with three-straight Frontier Conference First Team awards and some conversation about All America honors being that she currently is ranked No. 4 in hitting percentage in the NAIA.
So not only is Anaconda’s Korey Krumm undoubtedly one of the greatest volleyball players ever to hail from the Smelter City — in the conversation with Stacie (Welch) Connors who is the only former Copperhead to play for a Division I volleyball school (Montana State) — her name could also be kicked around with the likes of Torry Hill, Ali Hurley and Kim Sullivan, among others, as one of the all time best girls’ athletes in the school as well.
Even if she doesn’t reach her goal of being on or near that All America team, Krumm has cemented her legacy in the annals of Anaconda High history. I wish the school were into retiring jerseys because there’s no reason for her prep No. 21 to no longer be in circulation.
Korey is the daughter of Tom and Jeanne Krumm of Anaconda.