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Clackamas and Linn-Benton Volleyball team academic success recognized by AVCA


You can find 2016-17’s list of recipients by clicking here.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2017) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 822 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-2017 season. This number breaks the previous year’s total of 764 to set an all-time high.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822.

Clackamas Community College & Linn-Benton Community College Volleyball Programs are two of 21 two-year volleyball programs nation wide that earned the 2017 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.

This is Clackamas’ 10th award since their first in 2003. The honor is Linn-Benton’s second. The Roadrunners last appeared on the prestigious list in 2010

Two-Year College Women

Allen County Community College
Barton County Community College
Central Community College
Clackamas Community College
Colby Community College
Cowley College
Fort Scott Community College
Glendale Community College (AZ)
Hesston College
Indian River State College
Lake Land College
Linn-Benton Community College
Missouri State University-West Plains
Monroe College
North Platte Community College
Northwest College (WY)
Owens Community College
Pratt Community College
San Jacinto College-Central
Seward County Community College
Western Texas College


Job announcement: Certified Athletic Trainer – Blue Mountain Community College

Blue Mountain Community College seeks an energetic, enthusiast person to serve as our Certified Athletic Trainer.  This position provides is responsible for delivering the six domains of athletic training (Prevent, Protect, Evaluate, Assess, Rehabilitate, and Counsel) to all athletic programs at BMCC.

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Job Announcement: Assistant Volleyball Coach – Mt. Hood Community College

Mt. Hood Community College Women’s Volleyball program has an immediate opening for an assistant volleyball coach.

The MHCC Athletic Department is currently accepting resumes for an assistant volleyball coach to assist in the planning, promotion, and administration of a quality NWAC women’s volleyball program.

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Whatcom alum Jessica Petersen takes reins of Orca Volleyball

Jessica Petersen has been named the Head Volleyball Coach at Whatcom Community College.

Jessica has over 15 years of experience in volleyball as both a coach and a player and is excited to build upon the program’s impressive foundation laid by former head coach Angie Short.

Most recently, Jessica spent 2 years coaching JV Volleyball at Bellingham High school. Prior to that, she was the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Ferndale High school for 1 year.

Jessica earned her Associates Degree from WCC in 2010 and played for the Orcas from 2006-2008. During that span, the team won multiple NWAC North Region Championships and earned a second place finish overall in the NWAC Tournament.

She was nominated to the NWAC 1st Team, finished runner-up NWAC Player of the year, won offensive player of the week (Week 1 and 8), and was the 2008 NWAC Blocking Record Holder. During her Orca Career she had 251 kills with 97 blocks.

Jessica most recently played two years of pro volleyball for Puget Sound Premier. In 2016, Jessica’s beach volleyball team took first place in the Women’s Open Quads Division at the Seaside Open. In the final match, Jessica had a record 23 kills. She is currently playing adult club volleyball and competing in the Open division volleyball circuit in the Pacific Northwest.

She is a 2006 graduate of Enumclaw High School, where she lettered 1 year in track and three years in Volleyball. There, she was an All-League nominee and helped take the Hornets to State her senior year. Jessica is also a Business Loan Servicer and Processor for Whatcom Educational Credit Union.

It should be noted that Jessica had the honor of being coached by Angie Short while playing for Whatcom. In that one year, she learned immensely from Coach Short; skills she will call upon as she strives to fill the huge hole left by Angie.

Shoreline Volleyball Standout Taylor Alexander signs with College of Idaho

CALDWELL, Idaho – College of Idaho volleyball coach Liz Mendiola has announced the signing of a pair of impact transfers to Cascade Conference Letters of Intent for the 2017 season.

Local products Taylor Alexander of Mountain View High and Mali Sawyer of Eagle High return to the Treasure Valley to join a Coyote program that has advanced to 10 of the last 12 NAIA National Championships.

Alexander, a 6-foot-1 opposite hitter, had a banner career at Shoreline Community College in Washington, earning All-NWAC honors in 2015 and 2016 and was named the NWAC Northern Region Player of the Year.  The incoming junior averaged 3.66 kills, 2.30 digs and 0.62 aces per set – and joins a C of I program that her sister, Michelle O’Connell (the current Ridgevue High coach) played for from 2003-06.

Sawyer, a 5-foot-11 combo player, spent one season at Hawaii Pacific after earning All-Southern Idaho Conference honors as a setter at EHS in 2013 and 2014 – where she was named EHS Athlete of the Year – but will be looked upon to fill a void at outside hitter for the Yotes.

“We are thrilled Mali and Taylor chose the College of Idaho to continue their careers,” Mendiola said.  “Both are outstanding volleyball players and exceptional young women.  Mali is a talented six-rotation outside hitter who will fill a big hole left with the loss of seniors Katy Robinson and Abbey Fenton.   Taylor was instrumental in Shoreline’s success the past two years leading the team offensively in each of her two seasons there.  After losing senior Randi Sturtz on the right side we knew we needed to find an impact opposite hitter and we have that in Taylor.  Both Mali and Taylor will transfer in for the spring term and will be able to practice and compete with us during our spring season.”

The Yotes are coming off a 20-10 season and a trip to the CCC Tournament semifinals.

Chase Bohman named NWAC Baden Volleyball Player of the Year



Chase Bohman from Creswell HS in Creswell, OR has been named NWAC Baden Volleyball Player of the Year. The 5”10” outside hitter led Linn-Benton to a perfect 39-0 regular season record including a 14-0 region record while leading the Roadrunners to the South Region title. LBCC finished the season 45-2 and made an appearance in the championship match.

The Southern Region MVP led the NWAC in kills with 411 (4.6 kps) on a 31.0% kill efficiency and was 12th in digs with 284.

Bohman plans to continue her career at Oregon Institute of Technology next season.

NWAC Recognizes Fall Sports Coaches of the Year

Image collage of fall Coaches of the Year Click to enlarge

Men’s Cross Country: Grady O’Connor, Lane
O’Connor, having previously piloted the Titans to 4 consecutive 2nd place finishes, led the Titans to the 2016 Cross Country championship knocking off defending champions Spokane by three points. The title was Lane’s second and first since 1985.

Women’s Cross Country: Sean McLachlan, Spokane &
Matt Koenigs, Everett
McLachlan guided the Sasquatch women to their 4th consecutive championship and 15th in program history. The CCS lady harriers placed four runners in the top ten and easily cruised to the title with a 42 point victory. Koenigs, in his first year after returning to Everett, magically turned around a Trojan program that placed 2nd this season from last (11th) in 2015. Koenigs had previously won 3 titles as the Everett XC skipper.

Men’s Soccer: Jason Gjertsen, Tacoma
Gjertsen, in his eighth season as the Titans’ head coach
guided TCC to its second NWAC Championship following a third place finish at the 2015 Final Four. Tacoma’s last NWAC title was in 2000, a season that then sophomore Gjertsen was the Titan’s Tournament MVP.

Women’s Soccer: Kanyon Anderson, Peninsula
guided his nationally ranked team to its third NWAC title and fourth appearance in the championship match. Anderson has guided the Pirates since the program’s inaugural season in 2010 and has complied a 123-18-13 record in 7 seasons, making the playoffs every year.

Volleyball: Jayme Frasier, Linn-Benton
Frazier, a fixture at LBCC since 2001, guided her charges to a perfect 39-0 regular season finish, including a 14-0 South Region championship. The Roadrunners went on to a 45-2 mark and a championship match appearance. Frazier was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) West Region Coach of the Year.

Linn-Benton head coach Jayme Frazier named AVCA West Region Coach of the Year

Photo collage of Coach Frazier's Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. — AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year is Jayme Frazier, head coach at Linn-Benton Community College. Frazier was named NWAC Volleyball Coach of the Year following the Roadrunner’s 45-2 season record where they made an appearance at the Northwest Athletic Conference championship match… LBCC’s 45 victories were the most in the NWAC this season.

The Roadrunners went a perfect 14-0 in the Southern Region while finishing in the top-5 in the NWAC in hitting percentage (.226), kills per set (8.2), and assists per set (7.6).

Coach Frazier reached a major coaching milestone when she collected career win No. 500 on October 26. The is Frazier’s first AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor.