Head Coach Kevin Hambly is proud to announce the addition of Danielle and McKenna to the 2013 roster.
April 11, 2013
Champaign, Ill. – The University of Illinois volleyball staff is proud to announce the addition of Danielle Davis and McKenna Kelsay to the incoming freshman class. The pair of Illinois natives will join Katie Roustio, Katie Stadick and Michelle Strizak as members of the Fighting Illini Class of 2017.
“I am excited to welcome Danielle and McKenna to our program,” said Head Coach Kevin Hambly. “Combined, they bring ball control, a setter, and some competitive toughness to our program. The competitive toughness that both of them bring is what I am most excited about. They will both be great culture kids and great teammates, and will compete to get on the floor immediately. They, along with the other three players, make for a great 2013 that will bring a lot of competitiveness and depth to our gym. I can’t wait to get them all in the gym.”
Name: Danielle Davis
Position: Defensive Specialist
Height: 5’ 9”
Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.
High School: Central Catholic
Club Team: Illini Elite
A four-year player on both the volleyball and basketball teams at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Ill., Danielle Davis was named first-team all-conference and first-team all-area in volleyball all four years. This past fall, Davis was the volleyball team captain, finishing the season as the area volleyball Player of the Year and Central Catholic MVP. This past season, Davis averaged 4.3 kills per set, 4.2 digs per set, 0.6 blocks per set and 0.6 aces per set, attacking at a .497 clip on the year.
Davis helped lead the Saints to Regional and Sectional titles as a freshman, place third in the state in 2010, win the Intercity Championships in 2011, and be named both CornBelt Conference and Mt. Pulaski champions in her junior and senior seasons. The Bloomington native also has seven years of club volleyball experience as a member of the Illini Elite.
“Danielle is a great attacker at the high school club level but for us she will be looked at to be more of a ball-control back-row player,” said Hambly. “She is a great passer and defensive player and will add tremendous depth to our libero/defensive specialist group.”
Name: McKenna Kelsay
Position: Setter/Defensive Specialist
Height: 5’ 7”
Hometown: Wheaton, Ill.
High School: St. Francis High School
Club Team: Sports Performance Volleyball
McKenna Kelsay is a four-year setter for St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill. The captain of the sophomore team as a freshman and a sophomore, Kelsay helped lead St. Francis to back-to-back St. Charles East Tournament Championships and the 2012 Jacksonville Tournament title. Kelsay joined the varsity squad as a junior, tallying 400 assists, 155 digs and 37 aces in 42 matches.
Her senior season, she was named varsity captain, and accrued a multitude of honors; in 2012, Kelsay was a member of the Effingham Crossroads Classic All-Tournament team, Daily Herald All-Area, one of the Chicago Sun Times top 50 players in the state, conference Player of the Year and team MVP, while also earning Academic All-Conference honors. Kelsay’s teams were the undefeated conference champions all four years, and won the state championship in 2012. This past fall, she tallied 921 assists, 261 digs, 74 kills, 31 blocks and 31 aces in 42 matches.
Kelsay has been a member of the Sports Performance Volleyball Club since 2007. She was team captain of the 16 sophomore and 18 White teams. Additionally, she was an AAU 18 Club National Champion in 2012. McKenna is from a family of volleyball players, as her older sister Kristen is a junior on the Michigan State volleyball team.
“McKenna is a tremendous athlete and if she was taller she would be coveted as a 5-1 setter,” Hambly noted. “She can play both libero and setter and will be looked at to do both for our program. I am excited about the leadership and competitiveness she will bring to the program.”