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November 7, 2013

All-around King

Crum excels in three sports for Lewis Cass

With both of her parents being coaches, Claire Crum was raised around volleyball and her knowledge and love of the game showed throughout her career.

The Lewis Cass senior’s career culminated by earning All-Mid-Indiana Conference honors this season.

Standing in at just 5-foot-4, Crum finished third on the Kings in kills (145), second in digs (200) and tied for first in aces (48).

“Claire brought a lot of energy to they gym every practice,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said. “Aside from being her mom, as a coach I appreciated the fact that she brought a lot of energy. She very clearly loved volleyball. She was a team player and got the team fired up and talked to the kids and encouraged them. Her enthusiasm was catching.”

Crum’s father, Denny, is the volleyball coach at Carroll.

Crum was one of three seniors that led the sophomore-heavy Kings (10-18) this season.

“I thought it was really fun. I really enjoyed my senior year,” she said. “Our team got along great. We all improved a lot individually. It was a good season and I really enjoyed it.”

Crum said the biggest win of the season was against Kokomo in four games on Sept. 12.

“It’s always close with them and it was a nail-biter. Everybody was really excited about that one,” she said.

Not only is Crum an all-around standout in volleyball, she’s a three-sport standout as well.

Her best sport might be swimming. She was the MIC champion in the 100-yard freestyle a year ago with a time of 58.48 seconds.

“I’d like to win that again, be MIC champ. I’d like to move on from sectional this year, that’s my big goal, and get the 200 free school record,” Crum said.

Crum said that Jade Sarver set the school record in 2009 with a time of 2:05 and that she will have to cut three seconds this season to break the record. She added she’ll likely have to cut two seconds in the 100 free to make the state finals in that event.

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