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Volleyball Team

Head Coach: Betsy & Katie Vander Meer (3rd year)
Assistant Coach: Erin Jurek (1st year)
Student Manager: Kendall Wolffis (1st year)
2014 Record: 24-11 overall, 15-7 WHAC
Team Statistics - 2014
Prospective Athlete Questionnaire

2014 Schedule


Fri. - Sat.,

Aug 22-23

Cardinal Stritch Tournament Milwaukee, Wis.    
Fri., Aug. 22 vs. Waldorf Milwaukee, Wis. W 3-0  
Fri., Aug. 22 @ Cardinal Stritch Milwaukee, Wis. W 3-1  
Sat., Aug. 23 vs. Kansas Wesleyan Milwaukee, Wis. W 3-0  
Sat., Aug. 23 vs. Bethel Milwaukee, Wis. L 0-3  
Wed., Sept. 3 @ Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-3  
Sat., Sept 6 vs. Lincoln Christian Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0  
Sat., Sept. 6 vs. IU - South Bend Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-2  
Wed., Sept. 10 vs. #24 Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich. L 0-3  
Fri., Sept 12 @ Indiana Tech* Fort Wayne, Ind.

W 3-2

Sat., Sept. 13 @ Lourdes* Sylvania, Ohio

W 3-1

Wed., Sept. 17 vs. #9 Madonna* Grand Rapids, Mich. L 0-3  
Wed. Sept. 24 @ Northwestern Ohio* Lima, Ohio L 0-3  
Fri., Sept. 26 vs. UM-Dearborn* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0  
Sat., Sept 27 vs. Concordia* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0  
Wed., Oct. 1 @ Siena Heights* Adrian, Mich. L 2-3  
Fri. Oct. 3 @ Lawrence Tech* Southfield, Mich. W 3-0  
Sat., Oct. 4 @ Marygrove* Detroit, Mich. W 3-0  
Wed., Oct. 8 vs. Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-1  
Thurs., Oct 9 vs. #23 Ashford Grand Rapids, Mich. L 3-2  
Wed., Oct. 15 @ Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich. L 0-3  
Sat., Oct. 18 vs. Concordia* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-1  
Sat., Oct. 18 vs. Indiana Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0  
Wed., Oct. 22 @ Madonna Livonia, Mich.

L 0-3


Fri. - Sat.,

Oct. 24 - 25

Aquinas/Cornerstone Crossover Grand Rapids, Mich.    
Fri., Oct. 24 vs. Goshen Grand Rapids, Mich. L 2-3  
Fri., Oct. 24 vs. Rochester Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0  
Sat., Oct. 25 vs. William Penn Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0  
Sat., Oct. 25 vs. Spring Arbor Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0  
Wed., Oct. 29 vs. Northwestern Ohio* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0  
Sat., Nov. 1 @ Lawrence Tech* Southfield, Mich. W 3-2  
Sat., Nov. 1 vs. Marygrove* Southfield, Mich. W 3-1  
Wed., Nov. 5 vs. Siena Heights* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-1  
Sat., Nov. 8 vs. UM - Dearborn* @ Davenport Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 3-0

Sat., Nov. 8 vs. Lourdes* @ Davenport Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 3-1

Fri. Nov. 14

WHAC Tournament @ Davenport

vs. Cornerstone

Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 3-2

Sat., Nov. 15

WHAC Tournament @ Davenport

vs. Davenport

Grand Rapids, Mich. L 0-3  

*Denotes WHAC conference game

All match times are Eastern Standard Time

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2014 Roster

No. Photos Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown/High School (College)
1 Anna Fencil Anna Fencil DS/L Jr. 5-4 Jenison, Mich./Jenison
2 Camille Means Camille Means OH Fr. 5-7 Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
3 Brooke Wieland Brooke Wieland* S So. 5-6 Lake Odessa, Mich./Lakewood
4 Rachel Sprenger Rachel Sprenger* DS/L Sr. 5-5 Grand Rapids, Mich./GR West Catholic
5 Sierra VanTil Sierra VanTil OH Jr. 5-8 Coopersville, Mich./Coopersville
6 Hannah Mahoney Hannah Mahoney DS Sr. 5-4 Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall
7 Kenzie Haley Kenzie Haley MH/RS Fr. 5-7 Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern
9 Katie Pelak Katie Pelak MH Fr. 6-0 Mattawan, Mich./Mattawan
10 Elle Sturgell Elle Sturgell MH Sr. 6-1 Grand Rapids, Mich./GR West Catholic
12 Dayle Wood Dayle Wood OH Fr. 5-9 Grant, Mich./Grant
13 MacKenzie Kolstad MacKenzie Kolstad* OH Sr. 5-9 RIchland, Mich./Gull Lake
18 Michaela Ryan Michaela Ryan MH So. 6-1 Davison, Mich./Davison
* Denotes Captain

Coaching Staff

Betsy Vander Meer

Betsy Vander Meer – Co-Head Coach


(616) 632-2933 (Office)


Coach Betsy Vander Meer enters her 3rd season for the Saints Co-head Coach with a 42-29 record for the first 2 years. The volleyball program continues to battle strong in the WHAC conference, finishing 6th and 4th, respectively. “We are pleased with the team’s overall finishes, and this year we have a very consistent team from top to bottom, and will be able to push them even more”.


Betsy was a four-sport athlete at East Grand Rapids High School, and her overall coaching career spans over 40 years. She has coached different sports at all levels, boys and girls, with at least 14 of those years being volleyball. In addition to her coaching experience, Vander Meer has also been a certified High School volleyball official for over twelve years.


Vander Meer was assistant coach for 2½ years here at Aquinas while daughter Katie became a three time All-American. During the 2010 season, Aquinas was ranked 25th nationally. “Aquinas gave Katie a great education and quality competition at the NAIA level. Aquinas provides a very good balance of academics and athletics for student athletes”.


Betsy is married to husband, Doug and they reside in Kentwood. Daughter Katie graduated from Aquinas with a Sports Management degree and son, Matthew graduated undergrad from Michigan State University in Business and MBA at GVSU.

Katie Vander Meer

Katie Vander Meer - Co-Head Coach


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Former Aquinas College first ever 1st  team NAIA All-American Katie Vander Meer returns to her alma mater as co-head coach.  Vander Meer’s extensive involvement in playing and coaching volleyball will make for a smooth transition for the volleyball program.  Vander Meer will bring the same intensity to the sideline that she exhibited on the court.  She comments, “I have always aspired to be a head coach at the collegiate level.  Being able to return to Aquinas College as a head coach is awesome.   As a student-athlete I experienced the unique educational opportunities and the individualized attention that I received from my professors.  I wasn’t just a number, but instead my professors took a genuine interest in my well-being.  The opportunity to recruit will be easy for me because I can speak from my heart, knowing that I had a wonderful collegiate experience in all aspects.”  


After a successful high school volleyball career at East Kentwood High School, where Vander Meer earned 1st team All-State accolades and was a “Miss Volleyball” candidate, she was offered a full-ride athletic scholarship to Michigan State University.  After one year in the Spartan program, Vander Meer felt like Aquinas College would be a better fit for her.  The rest is history.  Prior to her senior year and 1st team All-American honors, she was a 3rd team All-American her junior year and an honorable mention All-American her sophomore year.  She was a three time Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) 1st team All-Conference performer.  Vander Meer was also selected as the WHAC Player of the year in 2010 and the WHAC setter of the year in 2008-09 seasons.  For those who had an opportunity to watch Vander Meer in action on the court, she was a coach on the floor.  Her instincts for the game and ability to make those around her better contributed to the success of the program during her playing career.


Vander Meer has been coaching at various levels for several years.  She was very involved in the Grand Rapid’s area volleyball club programs, coached at the high school level and was a camp counselor at Notre Dame’s and Michigan State’s volleyball camps.  Vander Meer adds, “I may be young, but I am determined.  Volleyball is in my blood and I have such passion for the game.  It will be a great challenge for me to influence the program as a head coach.  I’m eager and I’m ready.”


Athletic Director Terry Bocian comments, “Katie Vander Meer was a strong leader as a player in our program.  She was a natural leader and was the President of our Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB).  I am confident that those leadership skills will make her an outstanding coach.  She knows the game and she has a strong work ethic.”


Erin Jurek

Erin Jurek - Assistant Coach


Jurek attended Rockford High School and starred for two years on the varsity volleyball squad as a libero/DS. Erin has played club volleyball for seven years, including two years at the national level. At the conclusion of her senior season at Rockford she took her first coaching position with the former Northern Aces volleyball club where she coached a fifth grade team. She then had a two year stint as the coach of the Rockford Crush club volleyball team before accepting the assistant coach position for the Rockford varsity team. Erin coached two years with the Rams before joining the Saints staff. She also has been coaching at DFFO Far Out for the past two years. Jurek is attending Grand Valley State University where she is working towards her Elementary Teacher certification.


2014 Season Outlook

The 2014 Saints will look to continue building off a successful 2013 season, a fourth place conference finish and an overall record of 25-10. The Aquinas roster will include nine returners and welcome three newcomers to the 2014 squad.


“I am really excited for what the 2014 season could bring,” states Coach Katie Vander Meer. “The experience and drive this team has leaves no doubt we’ll pick up right where we left off. Not only do we have a talented, driven senior class, but we have some young experience to help back them up.”


Tri-captain Mackenzie Kolstad is a two- time Honorable Mention All-Conference selection. Tri-captain Rachel Sprenger, Anna Fencil and Hannah Mahoney will look to anchor one of the strongest defenses in the WHAC. Elle Sturgell, a First Team All-Conference selection in 2012, returns to full strength after being out most of last season with an ankle injury.


Sierra VanTil, an outside hitter from Coopersville, will also be counted on to contribute to this fall. Tri-captain Brooke Wieland and middle hitter Michaela Ryan, all played significant roles as freshman and will factor heavily into the line up this fall. Wieland, will step into the role as the setter and quarterback on the floor. Dayle Wood returns strong and ready to go as a versatile right side/outside hitter.


The Saints welcome three newcomers to the roster, Kenzie Haley (Forest Hills Eastern), Camille Means (East Kentwood) and Katie Pelak (Mattawan). All three should bring some high energy talent to the Aquinas squad.