DONALDSON, IN – The Ancilla College volleyball team is returning four key players, as they gear up for a promising 2014-2015 season. They look to continue and build upon the success of last season, where the team qualified for the post season Region Tournament with a 15-20 record.
Returning Lady Chargers include: Amber Redinger (Plymouth High School), Suzanne Grimm (Lakewood Park Christian School), Mackenzie White (Southmont High School), and Mariah Kinney (Jennings County High School). Redinger was selected to the All-Conference 3rd Team and posted 320 kills, along with105 blocks throughout the season. Grimm was selected as an Honorable Mention All-Conference. She was a solid contributor; leading the team in both assists and aces. With 479 digs, White was the Lady Charger’s top serve receiver. Selected as an Academic All-Conference and an Academic All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) player, in addition to receiving the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Achievement Award, Kinney was second on the team in blocks and kills with 60 and 224 respectively. Not only did each of these players achieve athletic success, but they all earned Dean’s list honors for the spring semester.
Joining the sophomores are seven incoming freshmen. Sophia Smith (Zeeland East) and Hannah Kistler (Northridge) are athletic and push themselves to get better, which are qualities of a work ethic Ancilla coach Lana Singleton enjoys coaching. Homeschooled student Maddie Korra has been working hard and has improved her passing skills.
According to Coach Singleton, “She is quick and always goes hard.” Gabby Castillo (Eastern) has a lot of court awareness and quickness at the net; “she has been a very pleasant surprise,” commented Singleton.
Westville graduate, Samantha Albers has also been working hard with a positive attitude, as she vies for a position on the team. South Central graduate, Kaitlyn Jackson and Madison “Grace” Ashcraft (Liberty Christian School) have also signed with the Lady Chargers.
This year’s schedule will consist of 23 games, fourteen of which are MCCAA conference contests, and five tournaments. The Lady Chargers will travel for the first time of the new season, as they participate in the College of DuPage Tournament on August 22-23. The first match is set for 6:30 p.m. against the College of Lake County.