Former Laker to play two sports at Graceland

Thu 5-28-2020

LAMONI - Iowa Lakes Community College two-sport athlete Mary Kelly has signed to continue to play two sports at Graceland University as she will compete in both volleyball and softball for the Yellowjackets.

Kelly will graduating with an Associate of Science degree.

“I am extremely grateful to be a part of the Yellow Jackets athletic program,” Kelly commented. “They have offered me the opportunity to continue my role as a dual athlete playing volleyball and softball. I am excited to be a part of their family and see what the season holds.”

She is a graduate of Sandra Day O’Connor High School in San Antonio and is the daughter of Elisabeth Cuadros.

Kelly was a setter and defensive specialist for the Laker volleyball team. She recorded 432 career assists and 459 career digs. She earned first-team academic all-Region XI honors as she maintained a 4.0 grade-point average.

“Mary is an outstanding student-athlete,” said Iowa Lakes coach Mike Turnbull. “She did a great job for us this past fall moving from defensive specialist to setter and leading us to the regional playoffs. Graceland is getting a great kid.”

Reflecting on her two seasons with the ILCC volleyball program, Kelly said: “I really grew as a person. The coaching staff helped me gain more knowledge of the game which helped my confidence on the court. Coach T believed in me and my skills as setter even though I had never been a setter before. Knowing that he had my back allowed me to step it up and help my team when our starting setter was injured.”

Kelly was an outfielder for the ILCC softball team and had a career batting average of .367.

“Mary will be greatly missed in the softball program and school next year,” said coach Katie Larson. “Unfortunately, Mary’s career was not ideal with an injury last year and COVID this year, but she was a pleasure to coach. She is the type of athlete that is always willing to learn and try something new. She is a very kind hearted and genuine young lady. I am extremely excited that Mary has found a new place to call home next year and cannot wait to watch her continue to grow both athletically and as a person.”

“Mary is a unique fit to our Liberal Arts environment,” said Graceland volleyball coach Stew McDole. “She is a good student with diverse interests - a nice match to our holistic goals. We are delighted that she has both the interest and the athletic skill sets to contribute in both softball and volleyball. We are looking forward to her Yellowjacket future.”