Swede spikers add four

By Tony Stennett, Bethany College SID
May 20, 2016

LINDSBORG – The Bethany College volleyball team has announced the addition of four student-athletes to its 2016-2017 recruiting class: Madie Baker, Denver, Colo.; Ju-Rita Hunt, Raytown, Mo.; Madelaine Melsness, Greeley, Colo.; and Opal Drapeau, Denver, Colo.

• Baker, a right-side hitter, comes to Bethany from South High School in Denver. She was a two-sport athlete as she was a defender on the soccer field. She played all four years in both sports, and was a starter her last two years in volleyball. She was second-team All-Conference as a senior and was honorable mention as a junior. Baker led her high school team in blocks as a senior, and was third on the team in kills.

"Madie is an all-around athlete and we are very excited to have her sign with us. She is a very versatile player who can be effective everywhere on the court," head coach Cheri Lindsay said.

Baker is the daughter of Charlotte Bynes. She has a 3.74 grade point average, and plans to major in Psychology while studying at Bethany.

• Hunt, who plays libero, comes to Lindsborg from Raytown South High School. She was a four-year player in volleyball and she also played basketball for a year. Hunt was named her team MVP as a junior, and was second team All-Conference as a senior.

"We are very happy to add Ju-Rita to the mix for 2016. She is going to add quickness and ability to the team,” Lindsay said.

Hunt is the daughter of Robert and Kecla Hunt. She sports a 3.5 grade point average and is undecided on her major at this point.

• Melsness, who plays setter, took classes at Aims Community College while also attending Union Colony Preparatory School. Melsness is a three-sport athlete — volleyball, basketball and track. She had 324 assists, averaging 4.1 assists per set, had 179 digs and 64 kills as a senior. Melsness was in the National Honor Society and the advanced choir.

"Madelaine is a very hard-working player who is going to add skill and depth to the team for the 2016 season," Lindsay said.

Melsness is the daughter of Matthew and Jessica Melsness. She owns a 3.6 grade point average and wants to study engineering at Bethany.

• Drapeau comes to Bethany from Western New Mexico University where she was a setter. At Western New Mexico they ran a 6-2 scheme and Drapeau shared duties as the setter. In high school, she was second-team All-State as a sophomore, and first-team All-State her final two years. Drapeau was named the team MVP in high school, and won the Pat Panek Award as the outstanding female student athlete two times. She was on the Dean's List both years in college and as a sophomore was on the All-RMAC academic list.

"Opal will be a great addition to the team for next year. She has great hands and an a "go get em" attitude that will help us both offensively and defensively. I have no doubt that she will run our offense effectively," Lindsay said.

Drapeau is the daughter of Angie Lee. She has a 3.5 college grade point average, and plans to major in chemistry at Bethany.