DONALDSON, IN. – LaVille senior Karly Unruh has signed to continue her academic and athletic career at Ancilla College.
Unruh will be a student-athlete and participate in volleyball and softball for the Chargers.
“Being a student-athlete at Ancilla is a major accomplishment for me,” said Unruh. “I am excited to take the next step in my athletic career by continuing to play the sports I love. I am lucky enough to play not one but two sports at Ancilla College. Being a student-athlete gives me the opportunity to grow and develop as a person and as a player. I am excited to be able to do that at a college like Ancilla.”
Unruh was in the top five in kills and blocks for the volleyball team. The right-handed hitter had a 31.1-percent kill ratio for the 16-14 Lancers this fall. LaVille also finished 5-2 in the Hoosier North Athletic Conference and tied for second.
“I came into contact with coach Bruce Johnson last winter during my club season,” said Unruh. “I played on his travel team and was able to talk to him a little bit about playing for him after I graduated. At the time I did not know what my plans were going to be after graduation. When I started to really dig down into the college search I decided to go visit Ancilla and fell in love with the campus and the staff. When I decided that Ancilla was where I wanted to be, I reached out to the softball coach.”
Ancilla finished 9-24 overall and 2-14 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA).
The MCCAA includes Alpena Community College, Ancilla College, Glen Oaks CC, Grand Rapids CC, Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley, Kellogg, Lake Michigan College, Lansing CC, Macomb CC, Mott CC, Muskegon CC, Oakland CC, St. Clair County CC, and Schoolcraft CC.
Unruh, a three-year staple on the LaVille softball team, will enter her senior prep season in the spring of 2020.
“I feel that I will bring a lot of positivity to the softball and volleyball program,” said Unruh. “I try to keep a positive attitude in everything I do. I am a hard worker and I am ready to work hard in a new environment and with a new group of teammates.
“There has been some discussion about the position I will play on the softball and volleyball team,” continued Unruh. “For Softball I am mainly and infield player and so middle infield is where the coach is thinking for me. As for volleyball, I am mainly a middle hitter however the coach wants me to work more outside and opposite side.”
Unruh hit .290 in 2018 with 17 RBIs, three doubles and led the Lancers with five homeruns.
“I feel so blessed to be given the opportunity to play at the next level,” explained Unruh. “I fell in love with both sports at a young age and for me to be given this opportunity to continue playing is fantastic. I am so glad that after high school I can continue what I love to do and learn and grow through college athletics.
“I would like to thank my family and my friends for pushing me to be the best student-athlete I could be,” continued Unruh. “I would also like to thank my teammates for always being positive and wanting what is best for me. I want to thank my amazing coaches that have taught me, pushed me out of my comfort zone and believed in me since day one. I wouldn’t be the player I am today without you guys. But most importantly I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the constant support and love from my family, friends, teammates, and coaches. Thank you all for being such a crucial part of my development and I can not wait to see what the future has in store for me.”
“We are excited to have signed Karly to come and play softball at Ancilla College next year,” said Ancilla College softball coach Tom Anders Jr. “She brings a strong dedication to being a student and to be an athlete.
“Karly brings a big bat that will fit nicely in the middle of our batting order. She also can play a variety of infield positions. Another thing that Karly brings is a strong work ethic and positive attitude. As of right now, I can see Karly playing possibly shortstop at Ancilla.”
Ancilla finished 0-34 overall and 0-32 in MCCAA play last season.