Bonney signs letter of intent

Photo by Jonathan LeBlanc

North Central’s Kendal Bonney (front row, middle) poses for a picture while signing her letter of intent to play volleyball at Ashland University on Friday at North Central High School. Also pictured are (front row, from left) Dan Bonney (dad), Kendal Bonney and Shawne Bonney (mom); (middle) North Central assistant coach Colette Sweitzer, coach Stacy Roth and assistant coach Doonie Fidler; (back) Team Pineapple Volleyball Club owner and director Lloy Ball.

PIONEER — North Central senior Kendal Bonney verbally committed to take her volleyball talents to Division II Ashland University on Aug. 5.

On Friday, she sealed the deal.

Bonney, a four-year letterwinner and a key part of the Eagles’ recent success, signed her letter of intent to join Ashland on Friday at North Central High School.

“It’s just so awesome,” Bonney said. “I’m so happy that I found the right college that fits me and the perfect environment.”

Bonney, a middle/outside hitter and setter, is arguably one of the best volleyball players in school history. The 6-footer is the only player in program history to hammer over 1,000 career kills, including 406 (764 spike attempts) this season and 479 (968) in 2020.

She also accumulated 154 total blocks and 108 aces over the last two years, and helped lead North Central to its first regional appearance in school history and first league title since 1986 (12-0 Buckeye Border Conference) last season. She also fronted an experienced group that went 19-5 (6-1 BBC) this year.

Bonney, who will study special education, joins an Ashland program that had a 15-12 record entering Friday and has had recent success (25-7 in 2018, 24-7 in 2019).

“I went to an open gym this summer to play with them and I loved it,” Bonney said. “They were all so competitive and it was so good to be in that environment.”

Bonney also said the family environment brought by fourth-year coach Kevin Foeman and his wife and assistant coach, Remy Foeman, was also a deciding factor.

“I felt like it was a mom and dad (like environment). I walked in and everyone was so nice to me,” Bonney said. “The future teammates that I will have, they were all super friendly — and none of them, obviously, were negative. They were all uplifting. It was a great environment.”

And while Bonney still has one more season with Team Pineapple Volleyball Club in Angola, Indiana — which she’s played for since sophomore year — she’s thankful for how both North Central and the club have formed her into the player she is.

“It’s sad, but this is my last club season, so I’m going to make it the best I can,” Bonney said. “Obviously volleyball is over with so it makes me really sad, but I’ll have really good things in my future.”

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