Seniors, Tahya Briggs and Dana duChemin have signed their national letters of intent to continue their education and volleyball careers at the collegiate level.
duChemin, a setter, will be looking to continue her career and education at Grace Bible College. Dana is a 2018 graduate who is looking to study Secondary Education with a math major and physical education minor at Grace. “I wanted to be able to continue my passion for volleyball in an atmosphere that serves God as well,” Dana shared. “Grace has always been a preferred college of mine, and I felt that it was the right choice after visiting the campus and meeting the team throughout the recruit nights.” When not on the court, Dana participates in Newaygo’s FCA program, National Honor Society, and assists with youth programs at her church.
Coach duChemin commented, “We are so proud of Dana and the effort she puts forth each and every match. She has always had a passion for volleyball, maybe since she spent her first years in the gym in a pack-and-play at my practices! Dana has worked hard to become a stronger competitor. She motivates her team on the court and her work ethic carries over to the classroom as well.”
“Dana brings such energy and determination when she’s on the court, and that is exactly the type of personality you need as a setter,”Coach Karsten commented. “We really liked what we saw from her both as a setter and an all-around player during our recruiting nights this summer. She has great hands, and smart court vision as she spreads her offense. We are excited to have her join our family and help grow our program.”
Dana was named All-Conference her Senior year and honorable mention All-Conference her Junior year along with Co-VP honors her Junior & Senior seasons. Dana has been a part of two All-State Academic teams and has also received individual honors as well. Dana also is a member of the basketball team and softball team at Newaygo.
Briggs, an outside player, is going to be continuing her education and volleyball career at Lake Michigan College. Tahya is looking to study Hospitality Management at Lake Michigan College. ” I chose LMC after talking to Coach Elliott about volleyball and doing some research on their hospitality management program. I think that it is a great opportunity for me to continue academically and athletically,” states Tahya.
“I’m so excited for Tahya! She is a versatile player who has helped us out from multiple positions in the front and back row. We could always count on Tahya to try to be aggressive with her attack regardless of the set or situation. I’m really glad that she gets the opportunity to continue playing at a school that also offers a degree that fits her future career choice. She has worked incredibly hard both during our seasons and in the off seasons as well. It’s great to see hard work pay off!” Coach duChemin.
“I am thrilled to have Tahya joining the lady Red Hawk volleyball team in the fall of 2018. Her consistency as a hitter and blocker in the front row make her a valuable asset to our program. Along with her athletic ability she excels in the classroom and has tremendous heart and desire to play at the next level. I look forward to working with her and helping her achieve her athletic and academic goals the next two years,” Coach Elliott-Sschafnitz.
Tahya has been a member of two all-state academic teams, and also earned the individual honor her senior year. She has been a member of InsideOut Volleyball for 4 years and also participates in Soccer at Newaygo High School.
Congratulations to both Dana and Tahya, and best of luck!