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Hayslett to continue career at Ancilla College

HIT: Wabash’s McKenzie Hayslett (6) returns a serve during the Apaches’ game against Maconaquah last fall.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

After a standout season in the fall for the Wabash volleyball team, McKenzie Hayslett will get the chance to showcase her talents at the next level this upcoming fall.

This spring, Hayslett committed to continue her volleyball career at Ancilla College, a two-year junior college in north-central Indiana.

“It’s a small campus like I wanted and I can play volleyball,” Hayslett said of her decision to choose Ancilla. “I’ve been playing for seven years and volleyball is the most important thing to me.”

Hayslett was an anchor on the back line for the Apaches last year, helping Wabash make a run at the semi-state while capturing conference, sectional and regional titles in the process.

As a libero, Hayslett was second in the conference in digs with 640 across the 111 sets played. Hayslett also notched the fifth-most aces on the team with 42 on the season. For her career at Wabash, Hayslett finished with 1,142 digs and 116 aces.

Hayslett, who will focus on her general studies classes at Ancilla before transferring to a four-year school to major in dental hygiene, will resume her role as libero for the Chargers. Ancilla finished 10-23 last season and 2-14 in Michigan Community College Athletic Association play. The program, though, is two years removed from a 23-9 record.

“I am pleased to bring someone of Mckenzie’s talent to Ancilla College,” Coach Bruce Johnson said in a press release on the school’s website. “She is an outstanding defensive player and she should have great success at the college level.”

Four Chargers will be graduating from last year’s team, including a libero and a defensive specialist. With that in mind, Hayslett’s goals are simple as she heads to campus this summer.

“(My goal is) to keep up my grades and play as hard as I can.”