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JCC alumni continue their volleyball careers
Three Jackson Community College Lady Jets have signed with four-year schools to continue their volleyball careers. The team finished this year with a 20-18 record, and finished in second place in the National Junior College Athletic Association District F finals.
Kelsey Hinkle, a 6-foot outside hitter from East Jackson High School, signed a letter of intent with Davenport University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school based in Grand Rapids. Davenport competes in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. In 2008, Kelsey was redshirted with the Jets. In the 2009 season, Hinkle racked up 346 kills, 104 blocks and 50 aces for Jackson. Kelsey was named to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association All-Conference First Team, All-Region Team, All-Tournament team at the Kankakee Invitational, and All-Tournament Team at the Regional Tournament. She leaves JCC as a co-record holder in aces per game for her 7-ace performance this past year against Vincennes University. She plans to study physical therapy.
Ashley Nugent, a 6-foot outside hitter from Jackson Northwest High School signed with University of New Mexico Highlands, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school to continue as a student athlete. The school is located in Las Vegas, New Mexico and competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Nugent was also redshirted in the 2008 season, but was a big part of the 2009 roster. This past season, Nugent had 351 kills, 98 blocks, and 35 aces. Ashley was named to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association All-Conference Second Team, All-Tournament team at the Kankakee Invitational, and All-Tournament team at the Regional Tournament. She plans to pursue a degree in sports management.
Emma Dickinson, a 5-foot-7-inch libero from Marysville High School has committed to play with University of New Mexico Highlands as well. Dickinson was a two year starter for the Lady Jets. Dickinson leaves Jackson second in career aces with 73 total. She holds the career digs record for JCC with a total of 899. She plans to study office administration.
Dickinson and Nugent will join fellow former Lady Jet Whitney Taylor, setter, in New Mexico for her senior season. Taylor completed her first year with the Cowgirls of New Mexico Highlands with 243 assists.
Head coach for JCC, Leigh Ann Swihart, said: “I could not be happier for these girls. It just goes to show what hard work and perseverance can do. It says a lot about our program and these fine young ladies.”