Student athlete profile

Jakobi Lange



What's your earliest memory of playing volleyball?

In middle school we were playing a conference game and I remember hitting a ball down the line and it went straight into this kid's face.

When did you realize it was a sport you wanted to pursue?

It wasn't until after freshman year because I was still also playing basketball. But I was missing a lot of basketball because of volleyball practice, so I had to choose. And people were saying I might be able to get a college scholarship in volleyball.

How have you improved since freshman year?

I'm much more athletic and able to jump a lot higher. My passing is so much better than what I was when I was younger. That's been something I've worked on the past couple years.

How would your teammates describe you?

Intense. I just want to win. I also hope they think of me as a good leader.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

During warmups, the first or second ball I hit in the hitting line I'll sail as far as I can. It helps keep me loose and have fun.

What's your goal for the season?

I want to make it to state. We've made the sectional championship the last two years but haven't been able to win.

Who inspires you?

My dad really inspires me. He's a hard worker and gives our family everything that we need.

Any siblings?

I have an older brother, Josh. He's a big reason I'm so competitive.

Where are you heading after Central?

I'm going to play volleyball at USC. Freshman year I never would have thought playing Division I volleyball was a possibility.

Why does head coach Tom Gilbert like having Lange on the squad?

Kobi brings the highest intensity into every match and practice. He does his best to make sure his teammates bring the same type of energy. Even in preseason, Kobi leads our team in all activities without having to be asked. This type of work ethic is the type every coach wants. He leads by example with his integrity, grit and respect which all of his teammates follow.

- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff