Kayli (Schumacher) Altepeter – Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Kayli was born on April 6th, 1989 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She is the daughter of Brad and Jodi Schumacher and has one sister, Abby, who graduated from Sacred Heart in 2013. Kayli attended Sacred Heart from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated in 2007. She attended the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. After returning to Grand Forks, Kayli received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 2015.
Kayli was a multi-sport athlete at Sacred Heart. She lettered four years in volleyball and three years in both basketball and softball. During her junior and senior seasons, Kayli was named MVP and made the all-conference team in both volleyball and basketball. She was a three-year starter in softball and was a member of the 2007 Section 8A championship team. Kayli was named the “Grand Forks Herald Female Athlete of the Year” in both 2006 and 2007. She also was the valedictorian of her graduating class in 2007.
Kayli was most dominant in the sport of volleyball where she was known for her vicious kill shot. She ended her high school career with over 800 kills and amassed an amazing 330 kills during her senior year. In basketball, she led the team by averaging a double-double during her senior season with 14.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Kayli took her volleyball skills to Saint Benedict’s and had an outstanding career. During her freshman season with the Blazers, she made a big impact on the team. With no juniors and only one senior on the team, Kayli, along with two other freshman hitters, made big waves in the MIAC during their first year. They finished the regular season with an 8-3 conference record and headed into the playoffs as the #2-seed behind only St. Thomas who was the #6-ranked team in the nation. Kayli was voted as the “Most Improved Player” during her first year.
As a sophomore, Kayli helped the Blazers achieve a 26-5 overall record and a 9-2 conference record. She was voted as St. Ben’s “Athlete of the Week” and led her team to the NCAA Division III Elite 8 national finals for only the second time in school history. They were eliminated by the eventual national champion, Emory College, in the first round.
The Blazers were ranked #10 nationally at the start of Kayli’s junior season. The team achieved many of their goals during the year and Kayli made key contributions. They finally beat their arch-rival and #9-nationally ranked St. Thomas and won the conference championship as they finished the season with a 26-5 overall record. After that victory, Kayli was named the “National Volleyball Player of the Week” by the AVCA, which is the first time any St. Ben’s player had earned that award. She followed up that award with “Conference Player of the Week” honors in the MIAC. Her team finished with a 26-6 overall record and won the conference playoffs. They were knocked out by Luther College in the first round of the regional tournament. Kayli earned many postseason honors and was named “Top Offensive Player of the Year” on a very successful Blazers team. She was also all-conference and all-region honorable mention.
Kayli had many highlights during her final season at St. Ben’s. As team captain, she led her team to an 18-12 overall record and eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark midway through her senior year. Kayli finished her career with an impressive 1,105 kills, which ranked her 11th all-time at CSB. After leading the team with 368 kills and an average of .260 kills per set, she was named her team’s MVP and “Offensive Player of the Year.” In addition, Kayli was named to the all-conference team and received all-region honorable mention for the second straight year.
The Sacred Heart community is very proud of Kayli and all of her accomplishments at Sacred Heart and at the College of Saint Benedict. Her story is a great example of what you can achieve when you work hard to reach your goals.