LIGONIER – Grace College added another local volleyball star as West Noble’s Kristina “Nina” Teel signed a letter of intent to become a Lancer next fall.
The senior setter for the Chargers had a stellar career, finishing as a four-time All-Northeast Corner Conference First-Teamer and helped the team to two sectional titles, helping break a 20-year title drought in 2016 and adding another in 2018. West Noble won 100 matches in Teel’s four seasons, and picked up two NECC tournaments and one season title. For her career, Teel accumulated 2,751 assists, 650 digs, 322 kills and 164 aces.
Teel could come in and help Grace right away with the graduation of Alexa Hill, who leaves the program after a monster career that included over 4,000 assists and a host of conference and national honors. Teel also becomes the second from the family tree to descend upon Grace volleyball in recent years as 2018 graduate Caylie Teel was an All-American for the program.
“I wanted to attend a Christian college where I could pursue my degree and play volleyball,” Teel said. “I love the coaches, players and atmosphere at the school. I am just really excited to get started.”
Teel, who looks to major in health sciences at Grace, carries a 4.0 GPA and was tabbed an Academic All-Stater. Teel is the daughter of Gene and Jenifer Teel.
“Nina has a great volleyball IQ and sees the game really well,” said Grace College volleyball head coach Katie Van Hofwegen. “She has soft hands and solid skills. She obviously sets the ball really well, but she also is an excellent defensive player as well. The staff is certainly looking forward to getting her on campus.”