Saline senior Zoey Ammon, who helped the Hornets’ volleyball team to its best season in ages, signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Kalamazoo College.
Ammon, a varsity volleyball player since her sophomore year, was surrounded by family, coaches and teammates Thursday at the ceremony. She was the starting setter for the Hornets, quarterbacking a potent attack.
Ammon, the daughter of Todd and Rachel Ammon, explained why she chose Kalamazoo College.
“I chose (Kalamazoo) because I really liked the volleyball team and the academics are really great,” she said. Ammon will study in health sciences with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.
“I’m really ready to move on to the next level,” Ammon said.
The Saline volleyball team won its first district championship in more than a decade and might have set a program record for victories. Coach Kenny Seiler said Ammon developed into the a key piece in the Hornet attack.
“As a sophomore, she was probably just happy to play varsity. In her junior year she did a great job splitting time and then got hurt in districts,” Seiler said. “And then she worked hard all off-season to be ready for her senior year and she did a fantastic job. She was prepared. She was fit. She knew where to put the ball. She took that job and had an all-state caliber season.”
Seiler said Ammon’s all-state honor was impressive considering the team didn’t make the quarterfinal or get to Battle Creek. He said he work setting the Saline offense was noticed in volleyball circles.
“While we couldn’t have gotten where we were without our hitters, we needed Zoey’s passing. At setter, where Zoey plays, she dictates where it goes,” Seiler said. “She determines who has the hot hand and she was right a lot more than she was wrong.”
Ammon said the coaches at Kalamazoo like “how aggressive I am at the net and how I can move the offense around really well.”
Seiler expects Ammon to continue to improve at Kalamazoo College.
“I’m sure she will have great success. She’s a hard worker,” Seiler said. “She’s going to a new program, and that’s not easy. But she’s going to go out there and work as hard as she can, so I don’t have any doubts. She’s a fighter. She’s a worker.”
Fighter that she is, Ammon’s most memorable high school moment was a comeback victory against Bedford in regional action last fall.
“We were down like 24-19 and we came back and ended up winning 27-25. That was one of the best parts of the season,” Ammon said.
So far only Ammon and Olivia Sovitch (Lourdes) have committed from this year’s senior group. Seiler said senior Olivia Hesse is weighing options. Payton Cole is also undecided.