Far from Dunn
Junior volleyball standout verbally commits to Ball State program
KANELAND—While the football landscape in the Mid-American Conference has been coined “MACtion” as of late, the volleyball scene in that collegiate group looks to be getting some of its own, thanks to a standout at Kaneland.
Last week, Lady Knight junior Ellie Dunn verbally committed to the Ball State Cardinal women’s program for the next step on her volleyball journey.
The outside hitter and captain for the Lady Knights joins the Muncie, Ind. based Division I program, housed in the same conference as Northern Illinois University.
“I’m so excited, and I could not be happier about it,” Dunn said. “I went up there a few weeks ago to visit campus, and I loved it. I loved the coaches and some of the girls I got to meet and talk to, and it couldn’t be a more perfect fit right now.”
Dunn’s grandparents also live less than an hour from Ball State’s campus, creating a sense of home away from home.
“It’s awesome; if my parents want to come visit, they can visit their parents, too,” Dunn said.
Ball State volleyball, currently headed by fourth-year coach Steve Shondell, currently has two Illinois players on its roster in the form of senior Kylee Baker of Plainfield North and senior Jacqui Seidel of St. Charles East.
Ball State is 19-4, and 7-1 in the MAC, with eight regular season matches remaining before the 2013 MAC tournament.
Filling her role to the best of her ability for the 11-14 Lady Knights, Dunn, who gets her fill of Cardinals volleyball online, couldn’t be happier that one aspect of her post-high school plan is packed away.
“I’ve been looking probably since the very end of last club season, and it’s been stressful, I guess. Just trying to find where I want to go and who wants me, too, but I’m so happy,” Dunn said.
Knowing she has parts of one high school season and another full season to follow, the talent is not done shoring up her game yet.
“I’ve tried pushing myself this year. Going from right side to outside, I feel a lot more is expected of me. I want to keep pushing myself further,” Dunn said.
Dunn and the Lady Knights begin postseason play on Tuesday, Oct. 29, as the No. 1 seed of the Class 3A Sandwich Regional. The next regular season challenge is against Yorkville on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Ball State visits DeKalb to face NIU on Friday, Nov, 15.