When an outside hitter records more than 25 kills in a volleyball match, it’s something to take notice of.
But Shelton outside hitter Jarrett McCurdy totally obliterated that number during the 2018 spring boys’ volleyball season with 47 kills in the Gaels’ 3-2 victory over Oxford on May 10.
You read that right – 47 kills.
That number is almost unheard of. There are no state records kept, but it is easily the Shelton High record.
“It was a game that went to five,” McCurdy recalled. “I was really into that game. The manager who was taking stats told me and I couldn’t believe it.”
It’s one of numerous statistics that seem crazy, but McCurdy finished his senior season at Shelton with 350 kills, 219 digs, 56 assists, 18 blocks and a .450 hitting percentage. That was enough to earn him a ton of honors, including Southern Connecticut Conference, All-SCC and Coaches All-State pick and a Junior and Senior All-Star. He was also the Mizuno East Volleyball Club Most Valuable Player.
Take all that into consideration and he is the choice for the Register’s Area Most Valuable Player for the 2018 campaign.
Shelton coach LeAnne Bianchine remembers when McCurdy would come to practice with his brother and tell her he would play for her soon.
“I remember when he was in sixth and seventh grade and I told him he would,” Bianchine said. “The next year he came in as an eighth grader and he was taller than me. I wondered where the little man was.”
As a freshman, he didn’t play much for the Gaels.
“We were pretty stacked, but I was the only freshman on the varsity roster,” McCurdy said. “We had six seniors on the court.”
In his sophomore year, he began to start at outside hitter and did so for his final three years.
“He represents Shelton Gaels volleyball more than anyone I’ve ever had,” Bianchine said. “He’s alive, vocal and is encouraging. He’s constantly trying to bring everyone up his level of play and bring this program to life.”
At just 6-foot tall, McCurdy had some obstacles along the way as opponents would put their tallest player across from him to try and block him from making kills.
“When people know we were setting for Jarrett, he had to spike through it or get over the top of it,” Bianchine said.
McCurdy plays for Mizuno East, a team that plays a national schedule, with the best players in the Northeast.
“It’s way more competitive,” McCurdy said. “You see a lot more skills and organization than the other teams.”
McCurdy plans on continuing his family tradition and will attend Brigham Young University. His father, Scott, played club volleyball at BYU and his mother lived in the area. His older brother went to BYU and his sister is about to graduate from there.
As for volleyball at BYU, playing there would be a tall order. The Cougars were ranked third in the country this past year. McCurdy may try to make the team as a walk on but being an outside hitter would be impossible as college hitters are usually five to six inches taller than he is. He could try as a libero or defensive specialist. More likely he’ll follow in his father’s footsteps and play club volleyball.
“They aree always looking for height and even their liberos are 6-foot-2,” McCurdy said. “It would take a lot of hard work and be very difficult for me to make the team.”
If not, his volleyball career won’t end as he plans on playing club volleyball just like his father as the McCurdy tradition at BYU continues.