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Cole sisters continue to impress

Tribune Staff • Nov 29, 2016 at 11:56 PM

The last name Cole has become synonymous with Grand Haven volleyball over the years. The twins of the family, Katie and Libby Cole, just finished off their senior volleyball season in the regional final round and declared their allegiances to Indiana-Wesleyan University.

One Cole, however, has already begun and finished her college volleyball career, at the University of Michigan, no less, and earned some accolades along the way.

Abby Cole earned a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten team for the 2016 season, chosen by a committee of Big Ten coaches.

Cole was the only member of the Wolverine squad to be selected first team All-Big Ten.

In her senior year at Michigan, Cole served the Wolverines as a co-captain. During her leadership tenure, she put down 340 kills, averaging just over three per set.

Over her career at Michigan, she played 461 sets and started in 113 of her 124 total games played.

The Grand Haven striker racked up 1,676.5 points total with 1,396 career kills, 270 digs, 79 solo blocks, 26 assists and 23 service aces.

During her prep career at Grand Haven, Cole was quite the award collector. She was named All-State third team in 2010, second team in 2011 and first team in 2012 and All-Area those same years. During her senior, year she led the Bucs to a state semifinal appearance.

Cole finished runner-up for Miss Volleyball and third in Miss Basketball voting that same year. She was also named to the Under Armour All-America second team in 2013 for her 2012 season.

The University of Michigan sport management major will appear in Chrysler Arena for the 2016-17 basketball season as well. After not playing her first three years in college, Cole managed to walk onto the hardwood for her final year of school.

During her senior year at Grand Haven, Cole averaged 13.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.9 blocks per game.

The dual threat led Grand Haven to back-to-back state championships, earning her Michigan Class A’s Associated Press Basketball Player of the Year award.

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