Kenna Burman digs her way into Volleyball record books

Senior Libero becomes all-time digs leader, as well as first Grenadier to record 2,000 career digs


Brandon Miniard

Senior Libero Kenna Burman (#6) sets for Outside Hitter Delaney Nichols during a home match against Asbury on Sept. 25, 2020. Burman finished her Grenadier career with a program-record 2,126 digs, as well as placing second in program history with 5.09 digs per game.

Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor

While the IU Southeast Volleyball team extended its losing streak at the hands of Lindsey Wilson in four sets on Thursday, Oct. 22, a bright spot helped ease the pain of their third consecutive defeat. Senior Libero Kenna Burman finished the match with a season-high 31 digs, giving her a career total of 2,008, surpassing Bobbi Malott’s 1,993 for the all-time program record. Not only is she now a statistical leader in the program, but she is also the first Grenadier to record over 2,000 digs in her collegiate career.

“Coming into my Freshmen year, I never would have thought I would end up beating the record,” Burman said. ” I was really happy that I was able to break it.”

The historic night adds to a prominent list of accolades for Burman, especially on the defensive side of the court. Burman was named River States Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-RSC Second Team in 2018, as well as All-RSC First Team in 2019. She has also been named RSC Defender of the Week five times over the course of her career.

“Before each match, I always tell myself to just go for any ball,” Burman said of how she focuses before every match.” Even if I don’t get a touch on it maybe someone else will be able to get it up, but as I always say, ‘you don’t know what you can get to unless you try.’ ”

A product of Hamilton Heights High School, the Arcadia, Indiana native also had a successful high school career. As an outside hitter, she helped the Lady Huskies to the Mid-Indiana Conference (MIC) Championship while also earning an All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman in 2013. She was named to Hamilton County’s All-Conference 2nd and All-County 2nd Teams as a junior and All-Conference and All-County 1st Teams as a senior. During those two years, she was also invited to the Indiana North/South All-Star tryouts.

“Kenna is such a unique and relentless competitor,” Head Coach Eric Brian said. “She is probably the most consistent player I have ever coached because her attitude, effort, and performance is always the same, every day. No matter what, she always has a good attitude, gives her best effort, and supports her teammates. She is an amazing kid.”

Burman currently ranks second all-time with 5.07 digs per game, second only to Jodi Wessell, who averaged 6.92 during her two years with the Grenadiers in 1992-93. She is also tied for second all-time with Whitney Maymon (2000-03), Shannon Heazlitt (1996-98), and Taylor Sutton (2014-16) with a 94.7 percent reception percentage.

Author’s Note: Kenna Burman’s listed career statistics are accurate as of Oct. 23, 2020