GODFREY – For the first time ever, all the graduating sophomores on the Lewis and Clark Community College volleyball team will continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year schools.
“I am so proud of these outstanding women,” said Head Coach Jim Hunstein. “They were instrumental in the success we had here last year and I’m sure they will have just as great an impact on their future teams.”
The six sophomores helped guide the Trailblazers to a 22-16 record this past season, the most wins for the L&C volleyball team in a number of years. The team finished third in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 24 and third in the Mid-West Athletic Conference, in both cases behind the teams that finished first and second in the country.
“It’s hard to say just how much of an impact these players had on the team and on their teammates,” Hunstein said. “They brought as much talent and drive as they did energy and enthusiasm. That and the confidence they inspired all went a long way toward our success.”
Outside hitter Emma Chiodini (St. Louis, Missouri) is headed to Western New England University (NCAA Division III) in Springfield, Massachusetts. Libero Drew Myers (Lesterville, Missouri) is headed to Webster University (NCAA DIII) in Webster Groves, Missouri. Setter Kennedy Netters (Dunlap, Illinois) is headed to Harris Stowe State University (NAIA) in St. Louis, Missouri.
Three players are going as a group to Missouri Valley College (NAIA) in Marshall, Missouri. They include setter Lauren Chiarelli (Collinsville, Illinois), defensive specialist Meg Sitzes (Cisne, Illinois), and right side hitter Macy Thurston (Jerseyville). Thurston also played softball at Lewis and Clark.
“I’m so glad they all found places to play that match their goals, and it’s pretty cool that three will get to keep playing together,” Hunstein said. “I hope they all inspire our freshmen to realize that there is still a lot of volleyball to play after their time here.”