By Kaylee M. King
DONALDSON, IN – Sophia Smith, daughter of Kraig and JoHannah Smith, signed her National LOI to continue her volleyball playing career at Mississippi College in Clinton Mississippi where she plans to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and her Masters in Nutrition.
Smith, a 2014 graduate of Zeeland East in Michigan, will graduate from Ancilla College in May 2016 with her Associates Degree in Exercise Science. She is a 5’9” Outside Hitter who has been a 6 rotation player for Lana Singleton’s Ancilla Charger Volleyball Team the last two seasons. Sophia has been involved in Leaders for Life and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She also participated in the Intervarsity Urbana Missions Conference in December of 2015.
Sophia, who was Co-Captain of her team this past fall, has made a significant impact on the program at Ancilla. She helped her 2014 team make their 3rd straight appearance in the Region Tournament and had several double doubles that season. In 2015, Sophia had 249 kills and 333 digs to prove her versatility. Both seasons she was recognized by the conference coaches and received Honorable Mention All-Conference both seasons with the Lady Chargers. This past season she was also honored with the Blue/Gold Award.
Ancilla Head Coach, Lana Singleton, is very happy for Sophia, “Sophia has worked so hard on and off the court day in and day out. She has been one of the hardest working kids I have ever had the opportunity to coach. I know with her work ethic and athletic abilities she will be an asset to her next volleyball family. I feel very fortunate and blessed that she has been a part of my program the last two seasons. We will miss her, I will miss her.”
Sophia commented, “I have really enjoyed and appreciated my Ancilla experience and I appreciate Coach Singleton’s help in bringing my game to the next level. Coach Singleton has made me play various roles and pushed me out of my comfort zone which has helped me to grow as a player. I am very thankful and excited about getting the opportunity to play with Mississippi College and I look forward to the challenge.”
Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 25 associate degrees, eight one-year certificates and 20 athletic programs. Since 1937, the college has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.