Local lass will play tennis at Penn State-Behrend

Kaitlyn John Klein, Wallenpaupack Area Class of 2019, has announced that she will be continuing her academic and athletic career.

Klein recently signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Behrend Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. There, she will major in sociology.

“I hope to continue on to law school and become a human rights attorney,” Kaitlyn said.

Buckhorn Home

Unlike many Paupack players, Kaitlyn didn’t grow up playing tennis near the shores of the Big Lake.

She began her career on the court at Pleasant Valley and joined the Buckhorns at the start of her sophomore season.

“Everyone was very welcoming, and I immediately liked the team,” she said. “I felt at home. That was great coming from a different school.”

During her time in Purple & White, Kaitlyn was a two-year varsity starter and then moved up to playing as a part of the first-doubles team last fall.

As a senior, she served as one of the Lady Buck captains.

“Kaitlyn came to us as a sophomore transfer student from Pleasant Valley and we recognized her athletic ability right away,” said Coach Chris Doty.

“Kaitlyn worked very hard and by the time she reached her senior year, she'd settled right into the starting line-up.”

Klein has been an honor student as well as a member of Future Business Leaders of America where she qualified for the National Leadership Conference.

Lions Bound

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College also known as PSB is located in Erie and is a four-year university.

As an NCAA Division III school, Kaitlyn could play tennis there for all four years or opt to move to University Park sometime in the future.

For now, those plans are in flux. She likes Behrend and the Lake Erie area. Her older sister Kylie also attends college there.

“Tennis is a year-round sport,” Kaitlyn said.

“Because it’s a four-year campus, I could stay there the whole time and play. We play against a lot of other Division III schools fromm Pennsylvania and New York.”

Coach Doty believes she has a real shot to contribute at the college level.

“Kaitlyn is a great kid,” he said. “She works hard and improved tremendously during her time at Paupack. I don't see any reason that she couldn't become a key contributor is she stays with it.”

PSB competes in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and some expected rivalries exist between them and PSU Altoona, as well as the Pitt campuses of Bradford and Greenberg.

The Lady Lions struggled to a 1-7 record this past spring, but have been a bona fide title contender for many years. In fact, PSU-Behrend posted a combined record of 27-5 in the previous four seasons.

“I was a little unsure at first if I wanted to continue playing,” she said.

“After I spoke with the coaches and got to learn more about the program, I decided to accept the offer to join the team.

“I like to play competitively and very excited about having the chance to continue at the collegiate level.”

At the Net

Wallenpaupack Area's girls varsity tennis team battled its way to a 6-8 record last fall in the always-rugged Lackawanna League.

The Lady Bucks finished up tied for ninth with arch rival Honesdale in the final overall standings.

Coach Doty's squad earned an invitation to the District Two Class AAA tournament, but was ousted by Williamsport Area in the opening round 4-1.

The Millionaires went on to win the district title, defeating Abington Heights 3-1 in the subregional championship match.