Coach Bill Schepel has added a number of student-athletes to the 2017-18 recruiting class. The following individuals have decided to attend Trinity and have signed letters of intent indicating their commitment to play on the volleyball team.  These new athletes will use their talent to continue the strong tradition of the program.  

 

 



Kyli Ayers
Hometown: Manhattan, Montana
High School: Manhattan Christian School
Volleyball Background:  Played four years on her high school team; Was on the varsity team for three seasons;  Played three years of club volleyball with Big Sky Volleyball Club (U14), Gardiner Volleyball Club (U16), and Horseshoe Hills Volleyball Club (U18)
Awards and Achievements: Earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention status in her senior year; Named her team’s Defensive MVP; Received Academic All-State honors for four years; Her high school team qualified for the state tournament for three seasons
Intended Major:  undeclared
Family: Parents - Brian and Jill Ayers; Siblings - Sydni and Brody

Kassidy Barr
Hometown: Braidwood, Illinois
High School: Reed-Custer High School
Volleyball Background: Played two years of varsity and two years of junior varsity volleyball in high school; Played four years of UNO volleyball club.
Awards and Achievements:  Earned Interstate 8 All-Conference Second Team honors in 2015 and 2016; Named All-Area Kankakee in 2016 and Honorable Mention in 2015; Received All-Area Joliet Honorable Mention in 2016; Selected as her team MVP in 2016; Named to the All-Academic Team twice; Was a team captain; Holds her school record for kills in a game (16 kills), ranks second in kills in a season (252 kills) and third in career kills (373); Ranks second in digs in a season (370) and third in career digs (595)
Intended Major: Nursing
Family:  Parents - Jennifer Barr, Jody Barr, Trisha Hand (step mom); Siblings - Jacob and Kristin Dunkin, Karlee Barr

Brianna Figueroa
Hometown: East Chicago, Indiana
High School: Whiting High School
Volleyball Background:  Was a three year varsity starter; Played five years for Ignite Volleyball Club
Awards and Achievements: Earned First-Team All-Conference honors for three seasons; Named Northwest Indiana Times All-Area Honorable Mention twice;Was a team captain; Named her team’s MVP for two seasons; Received All-Conference Academic honors for one year;Recorded 55 aces and 495 digs in her career; Had a three year career team record of 73-31.
Intended major: Accounting
Family:  Parents - Jorge and Carmen Figueroa; Sibling - Angel

Alysia Folkersma
Hometown: Buckley, Michigan
Previous School: Muskegon Community College
High School: Kingsley Area High School
Volleyball Background:  Played two seasons at Muskegon Community College; Played in high school; Played club volleyball for Northern Exposure
Awards and Achievements: Earned All-Conference Honorable Mention at Muskegon Community; Voted Most Improved Player at Muskegon and in high school;  Was Defensive MVP at her high school
Intended major: Exercise Science
Family:  Parents - Steve and Michelle Folkersma; Siblings - Alison and Ashley

Britta Heggeland
Hometown:  Wheaton, Illinois
High School:  Wheaton North High School
Volleyball Background:  Played varsity volleyball for two years in high school; Played at Illinois Performance Volleyball Club for five years and was on High Performance level teams for four
Awards and Achievements:  Named All-Conference Honor Mention in 2016; Earned Academic All-Conference honors in 2015 and 2016; Was on a 2016 Regional Champions team; Played on a two-time DuPage Valley Conference Champions team; Was a team captain in her senior year
Intended major:  Nursing
Family: Parents -Paul and Sharon Heggeland; Siblings - Jakob and Jared

Anna Maatman
Hometown:  Lynwood, Illinois
High School:  Heritage Christian High School
Volleyball Background: Played varsity for three years and junior varsity/varsity for one year for her high school; Played for Lansing Volleyball for three years, Stateline Summer League for two years, and Diamond Elite Volleyball Academy for three years
Awards and Achievements:  Played on a 2015 and 2016 ICSAA State Champions team; Had a 2015 undefeated season; Was named to four All-Tournament Teams; Earned AAU North Avenue or EVP Beach doubles titles three times
Intended major:  Elementary Education
Family: Parents - Troy and Rebecca Maatman; Siblings - Lucas, Jacob, and Caleb

Amber Ryan
Hometown: Chicago Ridge, Illinois
High school: Harold L. Richards High School
Volleyball Background:  Played four years at Richards; Was on varsity for three seasons; Played for Celtic Force club for past six years
Awards and Achievements:  Earned All-Conference honors in senior year; Was a 2013 Windy City All-Region selection; Named 2013 Athlete of the Year at her high school
Intended Major:  Special and Elementary Education
Family:  Parents - Henry and Constance Ryan; Siblings - Briley and Olivia

Lydia Smits
Hometown: Crete, Illinois
High School: Heritage Christian High School
Volleyball Background: Played varsity for four years on her high school team; Played three years for Diamond Elite club and her senior year with Ignite Elite Volleyball Club
Awards and Achievements:  Played on a 2015 and 2016 ICSAA State Champions team; Had a 2015 undefeated season; Received a Christian Character Award at state in her senior year;  Earned All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP honors in her junior and senior seasons;
Earned AAU North Avenue or EVP Beach doubles titles three times
Intended Major:  Nursing
Family: Parents - Joel and Deb Smits; Siblings - Jessica, Levi, Sadie, Sophia, Ivan, Owen, Joelle

Alexa Wright
Hometown: Momence, Illinois
High School: Homeschool
Volleyball Background: Played high school volleyball for Kankakee Trinity Academy; Played for Ignite Volleyball Club
Awards and Achievements: Earned All-Conference honors four times; named to the Kankakee Daily Journal All-Area team twice; Was on a 2016 ACSI State Champion team; Named to the 2016 ACSI State All-Tournament Team; Recorded 1,000 assists and 1,000 kills in her high school career
Intended major: Human Resources
Family: Parents - Brian and Sylvia Wright; Siblings - Brianna and McKenna

Danielle Zander
Hometown: Thornton, Illinois
High School:  Illiana Christian High School
Volleyball Background:  Played two years on high school junior varsity team and one year on freshman team; Has been involved in private lessons for seven years
Awards and Achievements:  Captain of the freshman and junior varsity squads in high school; Conference champions in freshman and sophomore seasons; Conference runner-up in junior year 
Intended major: Psychology
Family:  Parents - Daniel and Sharon Zander, Sibling - Sean (her twin brother)