WHY LEHIGH? "Living in the Midwest, Lehigh was not on my radar at first. But after getting to know the coaching staff, I planned a visit and fell in love with Lehigh. The campus was gorgeous and the school offered a perfect balance between athletics and a quality education."
ON THE STUDENT-ATHLETE EXPERIENCE: "Being a student-athlete at Lehigh is a great experience. You develop a closer bond to all the other student-athletes at Lehigh and your teammates really become a second family."
2012 (JUNIOR SEASON)
Collected four kills and two digs in two sets against Rider…Played four sets against Delaware and recorded five kills and two digs…Registered a seven kills in four sets against Princeton and Bucknell…Had a season-high nine kills in her start at Villanova.
2011 (SOPHOMORE SEASON)
Breakout sophomore campaign, finishing second on the team with 236 kills…Owned a .198 attack percentage…Posted 44 digs and 56 blocks…Nine matches with double-digit kills, led by 19 in a big win over Princeton (9/17)…Most in league play came at Army (10/22) when she had 16…Season-best attack percentage (.467) came as part of huge 3-0 win over American (10/15)…Also posted season-high nine digs against the Black Knights…Named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2010 (FRESHMAN SEASON)
Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Paige Kruse is a 6'0" right side from St. Ignatius High School and First Alliance Volleyball Club. Kruse was a three-year varsity starter who holds the school records for block assists with 77 in a season and 164 for her career. In her three years on varsity, Paige was a three-year member of the GCAC All-Academic Team. She was voted first team All-Conference her senior year, and was selected to the Under Armour pre-season All-American watch list. Kruse's teams finished runner-up in their conference all three years and were Class 4A Regional Champions in 2008 and 2009. In her senior season, Kruse received the Coaches Award and led her team to the Sweet 16 in Illinois Class 4A, St. Ignatius finished with a record of 32-7 in one of the toughest volleyball regions in the country. During the summer of 2009, Paige's club team, First Alliance, won the JVDA National Championship in the 17 year old age group in Louisville, Ky. Kruse was a member of National Honor Society and received first honors or higher every semester at a very prestigious college prep school.