ASC signs younger Jennings
by David Mejia
ALAMOSA, Colo.— Adams State College volleyball coach Lindy Mortensen has announced the signing of Lakin, Kan. native Darcy Jennings to a national letter of intent. The 6-foot-1 middle and outside hitter is transferring form Division I Wichita State University where she redshirted last season. She will have four years of eligibility for Mortensen’s Grizzlies.
“We are very excited that Darcy decided to transfer to Adams State,” Mortensen said. “As her sister, Megan, played here we do know what a good quality family that Darcy comes from. She is a very good athlete and can play middle as well as outside hitter. I think Darcy can come in and make an immediate impact for us next season.”
Although she did not see any match action at Wichita State in 2005, Jennings aided the cause. The Shockers finished the regular season with a perfect record in Missouri Valley Conference play advancing to the conference tournament final before seeing their 26-match winning streak come to an end. Jennings was on WSU’s Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for both semesters.
While attending Lakin High School, Jennings was named the Kansas Class 3A Volleyball Player of the Year in 2004, her senior year. She was a 4-time all-league and a 2-time all-state selection and helped lead the Steve Davidson coached Broncs to a fourth place finish in the 3A State Tournament during her senior season. She was also an all-league performer in prep basketball during her junior and senior seasons and was selected for the all-tournament team at the state tournament.
Some of Jennings’ other accolades came in track and field. She won state championships in the triple jump, the 100-meter hurdles and the 4X100-meter relay and led the Broncs to team titles in 2003 and 2004.
Jennings, whose sister Megan was on the ASC volleyball the last two seasons after transferring from Hutchison Community College, made the honor roll all four years in high school and finished with a 4.0 GPA. She is an education major and intends on becoming a teacher. Her mother Margaret played volleyball, basketball, tennis, rodeo and ran track at Garden City Community College, while her father Bud competed in rodeo at for Garden City. Her older sister Amanda played basketball at Emporia State.