Four sophomores return from the 2010 team that finished 12-24. Leading the way is Danielle Burge, a libero and defensive specialist, who was selected to the Honorable Mention All-Conference team by the coaches of the MCCAA Western Conference last season. She will be joined by Carlee Davis, Nicole Trudell, and Miranda Hammons.
“These girls understand and know the value of hard work,” said Singleton. “They will be called upon to lead on and off the court.”
New to the Lady Chargers are Keri Friend, Chelsie Miller, Kelly Duke, Natasha Ware, Haley Markley, Rebecca Bunkowfst, and Kristen Trudell.
“Friend, Markley, and Kristen Trudell have all spent many years in club programs and the freshman group as a whole is very athletic,” said Singleton. “Many were multi-sport athletes in their high schools.”
Singleton expects her group to play quicker than they have in the past and Lady Charger fans should expect to see a more balanced attack going forward.
“Our digging defense is strong,” said Singleton. “We have girls that play with a lot of heart and do not give up easily on the ball. That, coupled with an outstanding quick setter in Kristen Trudell, should speed up our offense tremendously. Our challenge will be hitting around or through the big blockers we will see in our conference. Our tallest girl is 5’8 ½” and we will see teams with half of their rosters close to or over six feet.”
Walt Pickerell will begin his first season as an assistant coach with the team while Kim Richie returns as the trainer. Sarah Cawthon and Cy Page will serve as team managers.
The Lady Chargers will open the season on August 30th when they host Morton College. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT at the LifePlex in Plymouth, IN.
# NAME CLASS POS HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
1 Kristen Trudell Freshman S Horton, MI North Adams-Jerome HS
2 Carlee Davis Sophomore OH/MH Medaryville, IN West Central HS
3 Rebecca Bunkowfst Freshman DS/OH North Judson, IN North Judson-San Pierre HS
4 Danielle Burge Sophomore L/DS Delphi, IN Delphi HS
5 Chelsie Miller Freshman S/DS Vicksburg, MI Vicksburg HS
6 Keri Friend Freshman OH Rossville, IN Rossville HS
7 Nicole Trudell Sophomore L/DS Horton, MI North Adams-Jerome HS
10 Natasha Ware Freshman MH Indianapolis, IN Arlington HS
11 Miranda Hammons Sophomore OH Indianapolis, IN North Adams-Jerome HS
12 Kelly Duke Freshman OH/RS Vicksburg, MI Vicksburg HS
14 Haley Markley Freshman OH/DS Kewanna, IN Caston HS
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.
Photo: (Front Row, R to L) – Kelly Duke, Kristen Trudell, Nicole Trudell, Carlee Davis, Danielle Burge, Miranda Hammons, Rebecca Bunkowfst, Haley Markley. (Back Row, R to L) – Lana Singleton, Kim Richie, Sarah Cawthon, Natasha Ware, Chelsie Miller, Keri Friend, Kaylia Richardson, Cy Page, Walt Pickerell.