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Chemeketa Storm wins fourth NWAC Volleyball Championship




Chemeketa Team Celebration PhotoClick to Enlarge

By Eric Trent

BRACKET | STATS | VIDEO | PHOTOS

TACOMA — Down two sets to one, halfway thru the fourth set, top-ranked Chemeketa was trailing seventh-ranked Bellevue 11-4 after surrendering eight-straight points.

Storm freshman setter and South Region MVP Jane Cale caught her breath with her hands on her knees and smiled at her teammates reassuringly.

Then the Storm (30-4) stormed back, reeling off a 21-10 run to end the fourth set in a 25-21 win. In the final set, the Storm buried the Bulldogs (38-14) in an avalanche of kills from sophomore outside hitter Haley Patterson that vaulted Chemeketa to its fourth conference volleyball title.

Cale, who won the tourney MVP after piling up 46 assists in the five-set match – more than double of any other player – knew all along the Storm weren’t going to be flustered.

“I think we did that all tournament,” Cale said. “We were just talking this morning about how when we’re down, we’re not stressed out. I think that’s something special about everyone.”

Chemeketa came in riding a 23-match win streak and won three-of-five sets, 22-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-21 and 15-12, to claim its first title since 2008. The Storm also won back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.

Chemeketa coach Traci Stephenson, who brought the 2015 No. 1 ranked Chemeketa team to the tourney and was ousted before the finals, said the Storm keeping their cool was the difference-maker in the win.

“The girls do a really good job of staying level-headed and not thinking too far in front of themselves,” Stephenson said. “They’re just thinking about the point that’s going on. That’s what’s helped us be the most successful.”

Sophomore outside hitter Haley Patterson, who won Most Inspirational, unleashed a match-high 23 kills, including a barrage that put the final set away for the Storm, said they never lose their cool.

“We really never get flustered,” Patterson said. “We’re always a calm, cool and collected team. If you look at us, you can never tell that we’re losing.”

Stephenson said she’s happy to win a title in just her seventh season as coach.

“It’s something that we all strive for,” Stephenson said. “That’s what you’re trying to get to every year. I feel very blessed and honored.”

Chemeketa, the lone unbeaten team in the tourney, and No. 1 seed in the South Region, ran rampant through the winner’s bracket, shutting out Centralia, 3-0, routing fourth-ranked Columbia Basin and sixth-ranked Walla Walla, both 3-1, then overwhelming No. 4 Clark, 3-1, in the semifinals.

“We worked so hard all year,” Cale said. “I feel that we didn’t work harder than every team, but we just put in the most time. Since August, we had triple-workouts for like eight weeks. It just feels really good.”

All-Tournament Team

Most Valuable Player – Jane Cale – Chemeketa
Most Inspirational – Haley Patterson
Coach of the Year – Traci Stephenson

First Team
Olivia White – Clark
Sara Fanger – Linn-Benton
Averi Dyer – Bellevue
Erika Weber – Bellevue
Lalah Oche – Chemeketa
Haley Patterson – Chemeketa

Second Team
Mary Schorn – Clark
Montana Gubrud – Linn-Benton
Nina Bailey – Lower Columbia
Abbey Schwager – Walla Walla
Carlee Rowell – Chemeketa
Morgan Bolger – Chemeketa

Photo of MVP Jane Cale, Coach of the Year Traci Stephenson and Most Inspirational Haley Patterson.Click to Enlarge
L-R: MVP Jane Cale, Coach of the Year Traci Stephenson and Most Inspirational Haley Patterson.

Chemeketa and Bellevue to battle for NWAC Volleyball Title




Photo of Chemeketa and  Bellevue

TACOMA — The Chemeketa Storm and Bellevue Bulldogs will square off Sunday at 2pm at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center
in Tacoma, WA.

The match will feature the NWAC’s top two teams in kill efficiency. The Bulldogs had the top number .243 followed by the Storm’s .229.

Bellevue (38-13) is led by North Region MVP, sophomore outside hitter Averi Dyer who is 4th in the league in kills per set with 3.64.

The Storm (29-4) is led by South Region MVP, sophomore setter Jane Cale. Cale is 7th in the conference in assists per set with 7.70.

Chemeketa came into the tournament ranked #1 and is riding a 23 match win streak.

The recently red hot Bulldogs were ranked #7 entering the tournament and have won 5 straight, including four Saturday as they clawed their way back through the one-loss side of the bracket to reach the final.

Chemeketa reached the final by defeating Centralia 3-0, #4 Columbia Basin 3-1, #6 Walla Walla 3-1& #4 Clark 3-1 to get to the final.

The Bulldogs opened the tourney with a win over #9-ranked Spokane 3-1 before a loss vs. #4-ranked Clark 3-1 that sent the Bulldogs to the one loss bracket.

Bellevue then reeled off five straight victories vs. Centralia, #2 North Idaho , #6 Walla Walla, #3 Linn-Benton and finally a revenge win over Clark.

Check out the live broadcast on the NWAC Sports Network.

 

 

NWAC Mourns loss of Olympic Student-Athlete

Photo of LaCoste during a race

BROWNSVILLE —Olympic College freshman, 18-year-old, James LaCoste died in a fatal car accident last Thursday.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform [the conference] that one of our athletes from Olympic College was involved in a car accident last Thursday near Bremerton and was pronounced dead at the scene," said Olympic Athletic Director Barry Janusch.

"James was a member of our cross country and track & field teams from Central Kitsap HS.  James was not only an excellent athlete but an excellent student having received an OC Foundation Scholarship."

LaCoste was only days away from competing in the NWAC Cross Country Championship meet and was remembered during a team ceremony just before the men’s ran began. Several other teams joined in the circle to remember and honor LaCoste.

Photo of ceremony honoring James before the race.

Job Announcement: Athletics Program Coordinator – Bellevue College

The philosophy of the athletic department is to provide athletic programs which promote skills that are applicable towards both athletic competition and personal development. These skills include, but are not limited to; time management, social skill interaction within a diverse population, multiple task handling, goal setting, and perseverance while attempting to reach athletic, academic and personal development goals.

This position serves to ensure efficient operation of the athletics department by assuring compliance by staff and student-athletes with rules set out in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Code Book, providing liaison with student-athletes, staff, faculty and general public in promoting intercollegiate sports throughout our community, overseeing day-to-day program operations, enhancing effectiveness of the athletic director and coaches as they discharge their duties instructing and mentoring our student-athletes.

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NWAC Announces Volleyball All-Stars





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VANCOUVER, WA — The NWAC is proud to announce the 2017 Volleyball All-Stars. Congratulations to the all the student-athletes who have had great success on the court this season.

NORTHERN REGION

Most Valuable Player
Averi Dyer, SO, Bellevue

Coach of the Year
Jocelyn Lawrence, Bellevue

First Team
Julia Clack, SO, Shoreline
Michelle Dmitruk, Fr, Edmonds
Giselle Hollaus, SO, Whatcom
Sydney Lawrence, SO, Edmonds
Carlee Rowell, Fr, Bellevue
Erika Weber, SO, Bellevue

Second Team
Ashlee Conklin, SO, Shoreline
Macy Magri, SO, Edmonds
Taryn Potter, SO, Whatcom
Karly Richardson, SO, Skagit Valley
Sarah Roach, SO, Olympic
Megan Rogers, Fr, Bellevue

EASTERN REGION

Most Valuable Player
Kayla Neumann, Fr, North Idaho

Coach of the Year
Kelsey Stanley, North Idaho

First Team
Lindsey Carpenter, SO, Walla Walla
Kendall Collins, SO, Spokane
Halle Hess, SO, North Idaho
Hannah Pond, SO, Walla Walla
Brooke Swanson, SO, Columbia Basin
Krysten Whitmore, SO, Columbia Basin

Second Team
Carly Davis, SO, Yakima Valley
Hailee Etter, Fr, North Idaho
Kerista Goodpaster, SO, Yakima Valley
Rachel Leshikar, SO, North Idaho
Meli Matuatia, SO, Columbia Basin
Shelby Schreier, SO, Blue Mountain

WESTERN REGION

Most Valuable Player
Zoe Gaines, SO, Highline

Coach of the Year
Greg Finel, Pierce

First Team
Allie Bauer, SO, Pierce
Ryleigh Burdick, Fr, Pierce
Khloe Clark, SO, Lower Columbia
Autumn Durand, Fr, Centralia
Mahie Kaawa, Fr, Highline
Brooke Spoor, SO, Grays Harbor

Second Team
Nina Bailey, SO, Lower Columbia
Adrienne Haggerty, Fr, Highline
Megan Miller, Fr, Lower Columbia
Jaeya Reed, SO, S. Puget Sound
Kenzie Seitz, Fr, Pierce
Malia Tucker, SO, Pierce

SOUTHERN REGION

Most Valuable Player
Jane Cale, Fr, Chemeketa

Coach of the Year
Traci Stephenson, Chemeketa

First Team
Montanna Gubrud, SO, Linn-Benton
Ialah Ochse, SO, Chemeketa
Haley Patterson, SO, Chemeketa
Madison Pernich, Fr, Mt. Hood
Grace Phillips, Fr, Linn-Benton
Dalaney Tuholski, Fr, Clark

Second Team
Morgan Bolger, SO, Chemeketa
Allyson Crisp, SO, Clark
Sara Fanger, SO, Linn-Benton
Kelsey Lane, SO, Lane
Elisha Levasa, SO, Mt. Hood
Deeann Schaal, Fr, Clackamas

NWAC – Under Armour Volleyball Coaches Poll – FINAL POLL

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

UNDER ARMOUR VOLLEYBALL COACHES POLL

NOVEMBER 14, 2017
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Chemeketa 13-1, 25-4 76 (6) 1
2. North Idaho 15-1, 31-6 66 (2) 2
3. Linn-Benton 12-2, 25-4 37 5
4t. Clark 11-3, 31-6 35 4
4t. Columbia Basin 13-3, 26-7 35 3
6. Walla Walla 12-4, 32-15 29 6
7. Bellevue 11-1, 32-12 22 7
8. Pierce 12-2, 32-11 7 NR
Also receiving votes: Spokane 5

FINAL POLL

Job announcement: Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach – Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College is dedicated to inclusive excellence in teaching and learning, student success, and community engagement. Shoreline serves the educational, workforce, and cultural needs of our diverse students and communities through the core themes of educational attainment and student success, program excellence, community engagement, access and diversity, and College stewardship. Shoreline Community College is a place of open inquiry and learning, with leadership that models ideals set out in our Community Standard*. We are committed to upholding a culture of free expression, as well as maintaining a supportive and respectful learning and working environment for all.

Shoreline welcomes coaches with a vision of excellence in instruction and an ability to employ various formats and styles in support of successful academic, vocational and athletic achievement.  Shoreline seeks coaches who can adapt to a variety of coaching situations and who have the ability to work effectively with students, colleagues, staff and others in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding.
 
The Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach reports to the Head Women’s Soccer Coach.  The Assistant Coach will assist in the supervision of the soccer program carried out under the carried out under the auspices of the Students, Equity & Success division.  The soccer season begins August 1 and ends mid-November. Team recruitment continues throughout the year.

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Job announcement: Head Women’s Soccer Coach – Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College is a comprehensive community college dedicated to inclusive excellence in teaching and learning, student success, and community engagement. Located on 83 acres just 10 miles north of downtown Seattle, Shoreline is situated among native evergreens with a campus full of brilliant colors during spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Shoreline Community College is a place of open inquiry and learning, with leadership that models ideals set out in our Community Standard*. We are committed to upholding a culture of free expression, as well as maintaining a supportive and respectful learning and working environment for all.

Shoreline welcomes coaches with a vision of excellence in instruction and an ability to employ various formats and styles in support of successful academic, vocational and athletic achievement.  Shoreline seeks coaches who can adapt to a variety of teaching situations and who have the ability to work effectively with students, colleagues, staff and others in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding.

The women’s varsity soccer coach reports to the Athletic Director.  The coach supervises the soccer program carried out under the auspices of the Student Learning & Success area.  The soccer season begins August 1 and ends mid-November. Team recruitment continues throughout the year.

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Highline Men’s Soccer Earns Third Star with 1-0 win over Whatcom in NWAC Final

Photo of Highline team celebrating post game with trophiesHIGHLINE 1, WHATCOM 0 Stats | Bracket

By Eric Trent for the NWAC

TUKWILA – Facing the top offense in the NWAC, Highline scored in the second half and stymied the No. 11 nationally ranked Whatcom Orcas to earn its third title in school history.

In the 58th minute, Highline’s freshman forward Dane Evanger came flying into the penalty box, picked up a rebound and booted a laser from 14 yards out that flew through a pack of Whatcom defenders and into the back of the net to give the Thunderbirds their game-winning shot.

Evanger was named the Thunderbirds’ Most Inspirational Player.

Highline previously won in 2004, when current coach Steve Mohn was a player, then again in 2014 while Mohn was the coach.

“It’s incredible,” Mohn said. “It’s cool to be on both sides of it. I know right where these guys have been and want to go.”

Down 1-0, Whatcom went on a ferocious offensive attack in the final 10 minutes, unleashing a frenzy of shots in hopes connecting on one, each being blocked by Thunderbird keeper Akili Kasim.

“Hats off to [Whatcom,’]” Mohn said. “We had to pull a little bit extra out of our hat in that last 10 minutes to keep them from scoring.”

Kasim, a freshman, was named tournament MVP after securing 4 saves.

“What helps it is the women won as well,” Kasim said. “That makes it three times better. My emotions are indescribable right now. I felt it was really deserving that we both won. The whole year we’ve been fighting. I can say that for the women’s team as well.”

Kasim’s saves, especially in the final 10 minutes, were instrumental in Highline’s victory.

One save was a rocket that Kasim threw his arm up vertically and deflected the ball, which ricocheted out of the goal box.

The Highline women also won, 1-0, making this year’s men’s and women’s team the third school and fourth time in NWAC history to have both the men’s and women’s soccer teams win the same year.

Peninsula was the last to do it in 2012 and 2013, while Columbia Basin men and women were the first in 1999.

Highline men’s soccer, (14-1-3) the No. 1 seed in the West Region, came in with the top defense in the NWAC, allowing only 11 goals on the season, including 8 shutouts.

While Whatcom, (18-1-3) the No. 1 seed in the North Region, and ranked No. 11 in the national junior college men’s soccer rankings, rode an 8-game win streak into the title game.

This matchup also featured the North-West Region Coaches of the year; Whatcom’s Jason Jorgensen, and Highline’s Mohn.

Highline vanquished Columbia Basin, 2-1, on penalty kicks (4-3) in the quarterfinals, then thumped Walla Walla, 4-1, in the Final Four.

“I told the guys at the beginning of the year, and the beginning of the playoff run, that you need something special to win championships,” Mohn said. “That last 10 minutes was special from us as a group.”

Dane Evanger (Most Inspirational), Head Coach Steve Mohn and tournament MVP Akili Kasim.Dane Evanger (Most Inspirational), Head Coach Steve Mohn and tournament MVP Akili Kasim.

Highline Women’s Soccer Captures Second NWAC Championship

Highline team photo celebrating championshipHIGHLINE 1, PENINSULA 0 OT Stats | Bracket

By Eric Trent

TUKWILA –  After playing through a scoreless tie the entire match, Highline coach Tom Moore told his players one thing in the overtime huddle.

‘Give us one chance and the game’s over,’” Moore said.

“And it worked,” he said.

Only 1:18 into overtime, Highline defender Bella Keane tossed the ball in from the sideline, to teammate Fiona Dawson, who bounced it off her chest at the penalty area and into a crowd of two Peninsula players and sophomore forward Jewel Boland.

The ball trickled out behind the three and rolled toward the goal box.

Boland turned around, found herself with a clear shot on goal and blasted the ball just below the crossbar into the back of the net to help Highline capture its second NWAC women’s soccer championship.

Boland, who was named tournament MVP, was bum-rushed by her teammates.

“I feel like we played amazing,” Boland. “I feel like every one of us played our best games. Everything was left on the field. I’m just so proud of everybody.”
This was a rematch of last year’s championship where Peninsula won, 1-0, in double overtime.

After finishing as runner-ups the past two years, this title was especially rewarding, Moore said.

“We were so focused,” said Moore. “We went through so much adversity this year, I couldn’t even explain it to you. This game meant so much more than just ‘the game.’ There wasn’t much that was going to stop us.”

Peninsula (20-1-0) and Highline (18-0-2) entered as the top-two scoring offenses in the NWAC, and the top-two defenses.

The Thunderbirds win snapped the Pirates’ nation-leading 38-game win streak.

Highline came in boasting a vicious defense, allowing only 5 goals the entire season, including 15 shutouts, both tops in the NWAC.

Peninsula, the No. 1 seed in the North Region, and ranked No. 4 nationally, came in as the top scoring offense of all-time in NWAC history with 142 goals this season, shattering the previous record of 129 set by Walla Walla in 2007, in 24 matches.

Highline, the No. 1 seed in the West Region, and ranked No. 8 nationally, shutout Spokane, 3-0, in the quarterfinals, then downed Clark, 3-2, on penalty kicks (4-3.)

Boland said they persevered, despite the adversity they faced this season.
“We’ve been playing for so much,” Boland said. “We’ve gone through ups and downs and individual battles. I think we just had heart.”

Moore said he’s glad they played Peninsula. They’re his favorite matchup.

“I love playing [Peninsula] because that’s the matchup,” Moore said. ‘If we could do it every year, I would do it. All the games leading up to it are great, but this is the game.”

Jewel Boland and named MVP while Tori Morton was tabbed Most Inspirational Player.

MVP Jewel Boland, Head Coach Tom Moore and Most Inspirational Player Tori Morton MVP
Jewel Boland, Head Coach Tom Moore and Most Inspirational Player Tori Morton