DETROIT, Mich. -- The first full offseason for head coach Jamie Baker has produced an impressive incoming class for the upcoming 2013 campaign – a class that now includes twins after former Livonia Churchill and Schoolcraft College standouts Kara Kempinksi and Nicole Kempinski signed their 2013-14 Letters of Intent to continue their education and playing careers as Mustangs at Marygrove College. The dynamic duo will reunite with former Churchill and Schoolcraft teammate Sarah Suppelsa on the Mustangs roster as they ready to become the first twins to participate in a varsity sport at Marygrove College.
Kara and Nicole's signing brings the 2013 class to a total of eight commitments received for Coach Baker and the Mustangs as they prep for their second season in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).
The Schoolcraft College transfers recently completed two years of competition for the nearby heralded program after enjoying highly successful high school careers. Before their time as Ocelots at Schoolcraft College, Kara and Nicole had local coaches seeing double as the duo played a huge role in the success of Livonia Churchill Volleyball during their two-year varsity stint. During their junior season, the pair would help the Churchill Chargers earn a trip to the MHSAA Final Four held at Battle Creek's Kellogg Arena. The strong junior campaign would be followed by an Elite 8 appearance to culminate their senior year.
The back-to-back lengthy playoff runs brought about plenty of individual and team accolades for the hard-working twins and their Charger teammates. Individually, Kara – Team MVP her senior season -- earned back-to-back All-District, All-Region, All-Conference, and All-State Honorable Mention honors. The stellar stockpile of awards was rivaled by her sister as Nicole garnered an All-State Honorable Mention appearance as well. The duo helped the Chargers to a pair of MHSAA District and Regional titles in seasons that brought home City and Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) Championships.
After their days at Churchill, Kara and Nicole made the short trek to Schoolcraft. While at Schoolcraft, the pair was able to bring home more hardware as Kara was named to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference Second Team, while Nicole earned a MCCAA Eastern Conference Third Team appearance in 2011 and a Second Team nod last season.
At the AAU/club level, Kara and Nicole played three seasons with the Chargers AAU team, one season with TCA in 2009, and spent a year on the Michigan Juniors in 2011.
Maintaining their focus as student-athletes, Kara and Nicole were recently named to the Schoolcraft College Dean's List in 2012.
Coach Baker on the Kempinski Twins: I am very excited to have Kara and Nicole join the Mustang Volleyball Family. The addition of Kara and Nicole will add valuable college playing experience to an otherwise young squad heading into 2013. What makes their addition so unique for our program is their ability to work so well together on the court with Nicole having run a fast-paced offense for the past two years, while Kara controlled the defensive side of the game. Both players bring competitive enthusiasm to the game and they are certainly an electrifying duo to watch. I am looking forward to an exciting season of Mustang Volleyball in the fall.