Hillman grad Angelina Hunt joins ACC volleyball team
ALPENA — Angelina Hunt couldn’t imagine giving up volleyball after playing for four years in high school.
So when she was offered the chance to keep playing, she didn’t have to think too hard about it.
Hunt, a recent Hillman graduate, became the newest member of the Alpena Community College volleyball team on Friday after signing her Letter of Intent with the Lumberjacks.
“(It feels) amazing (to sign),” Hunt said. “I couldn’t imagine not doing it (playing again).”
For Hunt, the adrenaline rush and competitive nature of volleyball helped her fall in love with the sport in high school. That love for volleyball also meant constantly pushing herself to improve.
“She works hard. Whatever you ask, she does it,” Hillman volleyball coach Kim Weiland said. “She’s definitely a coachable kid and she works hard for the team.”
Hunt, who plans to pursue pre-vet studies at ACC, credits Weiland for helping her get to the next level. A conversation with Weiland earlier this summer convinced Hunt to reach out to ACC coach Sarah Parsons.
Hunt will join a team that’s signed former Alpena players Allie DeRocher and Kate Skiba as well as Charlevoix’s Avery Zipp in the last few months.
“My high school coach kept (asking) me to (reach out to ACC) and I’m glad she did because I can’t imagine not ever playing again,” Hunt said.
While Hunt knows there will be an adjustment that comes with playing at the next level, she said her positive attitude is one asset she can bring to her new team.
“In high school, I always had a positive attitude,” Hunt said. “I never let my teammates get down, so I feel like I can bring a lot of positivity.”
Weiland believes that positive attitude and Hunt’s skill as a player will help her be successful.
“She’s tall, she’s got height and the ability to adjust to things,” Weiland said. “I’m glad (she signed). She’s always working to get better.”