When Texas State outside hitter Jordan Kohl rises up for a kill attempt next month at the 2016 World Deaf Volleyball Championships, she won’t be able to hear the thud made as her hand strikes the ball or the crowd’s applause if the shot results in a point.
Kohl, who is legally deaf, must play without her hearing aids as mandated by the rules governing the competition. It will be the first time outside of practices for this event that she will play volleyball without hearing what’s happening in the world around her. The tournament runs from July 6-15 in Washington, D.C.
A junior-to-be, Kohl has been a force for the Bobcats in her first two seasons in San Marcos. The Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year in 2014, she has racked by 523 kills in 198 matches for Texas State, posting a kill percentage of .236.
After meeting some of the Austin-area coaches and players involved in the World Deaf Volleyball Championships, Kohl traveled to Florida to prepare with other hearing-impaired athletes. She’s known about the event since her freshman season at Texas State.
“One of our assistant coaches talked to me about it,” Kohl said. “I was interested … but I wanted to wait one more year to get a little bit more college playing time and experience.
“After that, I was just like, ‘I would not mind doing this. It’s a good opportunity, and why not take it?’ ”
Kohl, who is from San Angelo, has lost approximately 65 percent of her ability to hear. This past year was the first time in three or four years that her condition didn’t worsen, according to her mother, Lori Kohl.
“The doctors can’t tell me whether gradually every year the loss is going to be worse until she’ll have to (do sign language) and read lips,” Lori Kohl said, “but as of right now, she’s doing well.”
This will be the first international competition for Kohl, who’s also planning to participate in the 23rd Deaflympics, which will be July 18-30, 2017, in Samsun, Turkey.
Mile relay falls short of NCAA final: The Texas State men’s 1600-meter relay, composed of Anthony Johnson, Dexter Lee, De’Marcus Porter and Lincoln Warren, finished seventh in a semifinal heat at the NCAA track and field championships on Wednesday night and did not advance to Friday’s final.
Johnson, Lee, Porter and Warren’s clocking of 3:08.69 was almost six seconds slower than the top qualifying time posted by Florida (3:02.78).
The Bobcats’ other two participants at the meet in Eugene, Ore., high jumper Chelsie Decoud and triple jumper Mylana Hearn, will compete on Saturday.
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