Jimmies ink Wendel
Wendel, a 6-foot middle blocker, had a big senior season for the Cardinals with 428 kills, 206 digs, 117 blocks and 77 aces, earning all-region, all-state and all-state tournament team honors. She also owns the Carrington school record for career aces (227) and single-season blocks (138).
The Cardinals advanced to the state tournament for the first time last November, winning two of their three matches to place third.
“I am very excited that Madi has chosen to continue her education and her volleyball career at the University of Jamestown,” coach Jon Hegerle said. “I had the pleasure of working with her at our camps and in our Junior volleyball program for the past five years. It was apparent in the eighth grade that Madi had great potential to develop into a premier player, and I have enjoyed watching her mature as both an athlete and as a person of character.”
Wendel has been a multi-sport standout during her prep career, also competing in basketball and track and field.
“Madi’s length and athletic ability, combined with her team-first attitude, will be a great asset to our program,” Hegerle said.
Wendel, the daughter of Shane and Mary Wendel, is active in National Honor Society, FFA, band and one-act play. She plans to study either nursing or pre-pharmacy.
The Jimmies went 26-8 last season and went undefeated in North Star Athletic Association play. The volleyball program has won 20 matches or more each season dating back to 2006.