Kaleigh Conger, a 2016 graduate of Stephenville High School and former record-setting volleyball player for the Honeybees, is now a senior outside defensive specialist for the Tarleton State University TexAnns.
Conger, a 5-8 junior, transferred to TSU after notching two all-conference seasons playing for North Central Texas College in Gainesville.
She lettered in volleyball three years for SHS under former head coach Fran Metzger, and earned first-team all-district and academic all-district honors each of those seasons. During her junior year at SHS, Conger established a school record for kills in a single season. She also lettered in track and field for the Honeybees.
Conger’s older brother Maddux played baseball for three years at Vanderbilt University, and is now a professional pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization. Conger’s dad, Bryan Conger, is TSU’s head baseball coach, and played that sport for the Texans. Bryan and Melanie Conger also have another son, Jacoby.
The E-T talked with Conger recently to get her take on a few topics.
E-T: What is your favorite sport, behind volleyball?
Kaleigh: “Track. I did high jump (in high school) and I made it to regional and got fourth place. I like (volleyball) because it’s a team sport. I think I have more fun in volleyball.”
E-T: What is your favorite hobby?
Kaleigh: “I like to draw — sunset things, shadows, abstract stuff.”
E-T: What is your college major?
Kaleigh: “Kinesiology. I’ve wanted to get into radiology for like 10 years.”
E-T: Do you set goals for yourself for each volleyball season?
Kaleigh: “Yes, I do set goals. I do more team goals. I sat down with the team, and we wanted to make it to regionals. My personal goals, I keep to myself.”
E-T: What do you enjoy the most about volleyball?
Kaleigh: “I think it’s really important (to me) to be around so many girls here, with the same mindset. And it’s not just about volleyball — it’s off the court, too.”