CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Winfield Coach Paul Chinuntdet learned he had another foreign exchange student joining the volleyball program, he wasn't too enthused.
That is until he met Carla Gunnewig.
Gunnewig, a 16-year-old sophomore from Germany, joined the Generals before the season, and Chinuntdet was more than impressed with the 6-foot-1 frame of his new player.
"I had heard that we had a foreign exchange student that was interested in playing volleyball," Chinuntdet said. "I've had a couple in the past that has come through. They turned out to be (smaller) and not very skilled."
Soon, Chinuntdet found out that Gunnewig had the game to go along with her size, and he couldn't be happier with the addition.
"We have never had one of this caliber come through," Chinuntdet said. "She is incredible. She is a sophomore and is probably the best player in the West Virginia. She is definitely Division I material and she could probably play at the top level."
Gunnewig is just as happy to be in the United States and at Winfield.
"It is amazing and I really like Winfield," she said. "I thought it would be very nice to come here and play volleyball. I would really like to come back and play college volleyball."
Gunnewig, who has to return to her own school in Germany after this semester, just wanted to chance to come to the U.S.
"I saw the program with my friends, and we decided to do it because we wanted to improve our English and see the American way of life," she said. "We couldn't choose any state. We just indicated what our hobbies were and I said I liked volleyball.
"I wasn't nervous because I was too excited. I had heard good things about the United States. I had an American history class and we discussed West Virginia. Some of my friends came to the United States and stayed longer than they originally wanted."