Grace’s volleyball team under head coach Andria Harshman is thrilled to announce its freshman class for 2013.
Kaitlin Kerrigan (Muncie Central HS), Megan Johnson (Tri-County North HS, Ohio), Taylor Baird (McCutcheon HS), Grace Woolsey (Fort Wayne Snider HS) and Gabby Dunlap (Pioneer HS) will help the Lady Lancers reload in the always-competitive Crossroads League for the 2013 season.
Kerrigan is a 5-foot-8 outside hitter for volleyball powerhouse Muncie Central. She is a versatile and athletic player who helped the Muncie Central to the state championship match as a sophomore.
As a junior Kerrigan contributed 174 kills, 22 service aces and 224 digs. She increased her offensive production as a senior with 225 kills on only 69 attack errors, winning her second straight Second Team All-North Central Conference honor in the process.
During her time at Grace, Kerrigan plans to study elementary and special education.
“Grace offers the opportunity for me to pursue my major and participate in a strong volleyball program in a Christian environment,” Kerrigan said. “I will strive to maintain the high academic standards Grace College athletes have been nationally recognized for, and I would like to elevate to the next level as a volleyball player.”
Johnson is a 6-foot outside hitter from Tri-County North (Ohio). She holds multiple school records at TCN including most aces in a match (12) as well as most kills in a match (22), season (274) and career (637).
She has racked up multiple athletic awards during her high school career. She has won three First Team All-Conference, All-County and All-District honors. She was also named the Preble County Player of the Year as both a junior and senior.
As a senior, she was named the District 15 Player of the Year after pounding out 274 kills, 29 blocks, 46 service aces and 308 digs.
Coach Harshman: “Megan is an outstanding woman of faith, and I am so thrilled about her decision to come to Grace this fall! She is a tenacious volleyball player and driven academically as well. Her love for the game, passion for the Lord and spunky personality are going to be huge assets for the Lancers.”
Johnson hopes to major in mechanical engineering at Grace. She was also an outstanding basketball player at TNC, earning All-County and All-Conference honors. She also graduated as the school's all-time leader in rebounds.
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Baird is a 6-foot versatile player from McCutcheon High School. She led the team in blocks during her senior season, finishing second statistically in the conference.
Baird aided the team’s sectional championship run as a junior when the squad finished 24-9.
On the basketball court, Baird helped McCutcheon win sectionals and regionals on their way to a semi-state appearance in 2011.
Baird excelled in the classroom as she earned the school’s valedictorian honor upon graduation. She was also a member of the IHSAA Leadership organization and the National Honor Society.
Coach Harshman: “Taylor is a top-notch setter. Not only is she 6-foot, but she is also very aggressive and fun-spirited. Her character is top-notch, and she is valedictorian of her class! We are thrilled to have Taylor coming into our squad next year. After spending a lot of time getting to know Taylor and her family, I see great things during her time at Grace.”
Baird hopes to study pre-vet during her time at Grace.
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Woolsey is a 6-foot middle hitter from Fort Wayne Snider High School.
She helped pace Snider to an 18-14 record during her senior campaign as she tallied 17 block assists. After her senior year, Woolsey was honored as the recipient of the Mental Attitude Award from the Summit Athletic Conference.
As a junior she pounded out 123 kills on 289 attempts. She also finished second on the team in blocks.
Coach Harshman: “Grace is a Cinderella story for us. We were looking for one more middle hitter to round out our 2013 class, and she walked into the gym for a tryout and was a dominant player for us right away. Not only is she a good volleyball player, but her heart for the Lord and serving His people is evident to all that know her. I am thrilled about what she is bringing to this team.”
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Dunlap is a 5-foot-8 outside hitter from Pioneer High School. She helped Pioneer to sectional and regional crowns during her senior campaign, finishing the year as the No. 6-ranked team in Class A.
Her 339 kills as a senior ranked in the top 80 in the state, and she also tallied 27 aces, 289 digs and 52 blocks to earn All-Conference honors from the Midwest Conference.
She recorded 224 kills as a junior to go along with 40 aces and 72 blocks. Pioneer finished 31-6 in 2011.
Coach Harshman: “Gabby is going to do some double time for us this year by playing on the JV and the varsity teams. She is a dynamic outside hitter and leader on the court with her charismatic personality, and we are thrilled she is going to be filling both roles this year. I think this year will really develop her into the player we need on the varsity level by working on the JV as a court leader as well as learning the system with the varsity team.”
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