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Greg Finel takes the reins of Pierce Volleyball

Pierce College has announced the selection of Greg Finel as the new head coach for the Raider Volleyball program. Finel served as an assistant coach with the Raiders this past season, helping lead the team to their first appearance at the NWAC Championships since 2012.

Finel has coached club ball the past six years. He has been with the Lake Tapps Volleyball Club the past four years, and was with Above the Net for two years before joining LTVC.  His club teams have won two bids to participate at Nationals, and many of his players have earned college scholarships.  Finel is also an accomplished player and coach in beach volleyball.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Coach Finel take over the reins of the program," said Pierce Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson. "He provided a great deal of leadership this past season, in his role as assistant coach, and we see nothing but great things for the program in the year ahead.  His passion for the sport of volleyball, and his approach to developing the skills and abilities of young women in a positive team environment, are a formula for success for Raider Volleyball."

"I am truly excited about the opportunity to be named as the head coach of the Pierce College Volleyball program," said Finel.  "I look forward to developing the program, continuing our success from 2015, and growing our Raider Volleyball Family."

A native of Washougal, Washington, Finel attended at Clark College and Eastern Washington University.  He currently works as a branch manager for Randstad Staffing, and lives in Puyallup with his wife and their two sons.

Melanie Miller to head the new volleyball program at South Puget Sound

New South Puget Sound Community College Admissions Specialist and Volleyball Coach Melanie Miller is ready to start living her "dream come true." Miller begins at SPSCC on Jan. 11 where she will serve in both an admissions role and as the college’s first volleyball coach, building up a new program that will see its first season in fall 2016.

"I am looking forward to being the first volleyball coach here at SPSCC," Miller said. "It is not often that you get the opportunity to build a program from the ground up; now how exciting is that?! It is a dream come true! I am so passionate about volleyball and I am so excited to give back to the sport because it has given me so much."

With more than 17 years experience as a volleyball player and more than 6 years coaching experience, Miller is eager get the program off to a strong start quickly.

"My goals are to have a competitive program from the start," Miller said. "I want to surpass any low expectations anyone may have due to the program just starting. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of a brand new team and I want to build a team that is proud to represent the Clippers nation."

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Miller moved to Hillsboro, Ore., at a young age. There, she attended Liberty High School before spending a year at Western Oregon University. She then transferred to Concordia University in Portland where she earned her bacherlor’s degree in social work. Miller spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., helping lead the team to a second-place finish at last year’s Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball championships. She also coached club teams and numerous summer camps, skills camps and conditioning camps.

SPSCC Director of Athletics Nick Schmidt said there are many reasons Miller was the right choice to lead SPSCC’s first volleyball team.

"She’s a Pacific Northwest local and knows first-hand that this area produces high quality volleyball talent," Schmidt said. "She knows what it takes to compete, recruit and be successful in the NWAC. And she comes from one of the more successful athletic programs in the league and knows what it’s like to be part of a winning culture. As we look to build Clipper Athletics for long-term success, she will play a key role."

SPSCC Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach Meg Woolf said Dunn is a perfect fit for the admission specialist position too.

"Melanie brings a nice balance between passion for the sport of volleyball and passion for the importance of all students finding a great ‘fit’ in a college on the path to a great career," Woolf said. "Melanie’s extensive experience at various levels of volleyball—whether that be club or college level, and as a player and student who has overcome challenges herself, will inform her approach to outreach efforts that work for the benefit of all students—on and off the court."

Miller said she is also eager to begin working with students.

"I am looking forward to getting to wake up every day and work with people; to help future students explore avenues and options to continue their education," she said. "The impact this position can make both for the school and individually is huge, I cannot wait to be a part of that."

Mark Dunn, head volleyball coach at Clark, said there’s lots he’ll miss in Miller.

"I will miss the way she interacted with our student athletes," Dunn said. "Mel found a way to get the most out of our players. Mel’s enthusiasm for the game of volleyball and her competitive spirit will make her successful in coaching."

Miller also added she’s excited to begin recruiting come the Jan. 15 start. Practices begin on Aug. 1, and the new Clipper squad makes its debut Aug. 27 and 28 at the NWAC Volleyball Showcase, cohosted by Lane Community College and Eugene (Ore.) Cascades and Coast Sports Commission. The team makes its home debut on Sept. 7 against Miller’s previous employer, Clark College.

Tony Miranda returns to Edmonds Volleyball

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Edmonds CC announced the hiring of Tony Miranda as its volleyball head coach on Monday. Miranda has 25 years of coaching experience and returns to EdCC where he coached with the Tritons for five seasons (as an assistant from 2005-06 and as head coach from 2007-09). In 2008, he guided Edmonds to the NWAC North Region regular season title and a third-place finish at the NWAC tournament.

Miranda also coached at Bellevue College for four seasons (2001-04), leading the Bulldogs to the NWAC tournament each year, including a third-place showing 2002. He was named the NWAC North Coach of the Year in both 2001 and 2002 and was selected as the NWAC Coach of the Year in 2002.

"It’s time for EdCC volleyball to start winning again," said Edmonds CC Athletic Director Jorge de la Torre. "Coach Miranda brings in a ton of experience at the collegiate and club level. I am confident that he is going to quickly turn this program around and take us back to NWACs."

Miranda’s coaching experience includes stops as an assistant at Seattle Pacific University and Highline College, as well as stints as the head coach at Holy Names Academy, Foster High School and Inglemoor High School.  In addition, Miranda is the director of the Northwest Volleyball Foundation and was the Junior Program Director, for the Puget Sound Region, of USA Volleyball.

"I am thankful to Jorge de la Torre for having the confidence in me and for giving me this great opportunity to return to Edmonds," said Miranda. "I am excited for the challenge. I am ready to get to work and look forward getting back in the gym and bringing this program back among the top programs in the NWAC."

A graduate of the University of Washington (1988), Miranda lives in Edmonds with his wife and step-son, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway.Coach Miranda can be reached at 206-550-6671.

Lane hires Stephanie Willett to lead new volleyball program

image of Stephanie WillettEUGENE, Ore.—Lane Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Willett as the Head Coach of the new Women’s Volleyball Team. Coach Willett brings strong experience both as a coach and a collegiate player.

Coach Willett was formerly the Head Coach at her alma mater Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) where she took a program and improved it year over year culminating in qualifying for the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Volleyball Championship Tournament.

"We have hired an excellent coach who brings invaluable experience as a coach and a player from within the NWAC," said Greg Sheley, LCC Director of Athletics. "We could not ask for a better leader for our new Lane CC Women’s Volleyball program."

In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Coach Willett has coached successful high school and club programs including most recently being the Head Coach at Atrisco Heritage Academy and the Rebels Volleyball Club in Albuquerque, NM.

As a student-athlete, Stephanie Willett had a successful collegiate career at SWOCC and Eastern New Mexico University in the NWAC and Lone Star Conference. Stephanie competed in the NWAC All Star game, was selected to an NWAC All Southern Region team and received multiple Player of the Week honors. Stephanie graduated with a degree in communications that she has found has served her well in the coaching community.

"Coach Willett can help our student athletes compete at this level right away because she has been there herself and knows what it takes as both a player and a coach," said Sheley. "She will also be able to help get our student athletes to the next level as she appreciates the balances that are required for student athletes."

Coach Willett is excited to be back in Oregon and at Lane. She will hit the ground running, getting right into the recruiting process as there have been dozens of potential student athletes that have registered their interest in playing for Lane through the Lane Titans website and reaching out directly to LCC athletic staff. Any interested student athletes can access this interest form at

The Lane Community College Women’s Volleyball program has the maximum number of Grant-In-Aid financial aid awards that are allowable under NWAC rules. This puts Lane in a strong place to compete for the best student athletes and offer them an opportunity to continue their education and their love of volleyball at a reduced tuition cost.

For more information contact Greg Sheley, LCC Director of Athletics at 541.463.5548

Blue Mountain’s Kristin Williams named Baden Volleyball Player of the Year

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Blue Mountain Community College freshman middle blocker Kristin Williams was named the 2015 NWAC Baden Player of the Year.

Williams led the 2015 NWAC Champions in blocks with 71 including 15 solo (in 21 stated matches). She was fifth overall league-wide in blocks.

Her performance at the 2015 NWAC Championship Tournament earned her the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Williams tallied a .300 hitting percentage to go with 16 blocks and 8 service aces in leading the Timberwolves to the title.

Job announcement: Head Volleyball Coach – Edmonds Community College

The head women’s volleyball coach will be responsible for planning and directing recruitment, conditioning, training, and performance of student-athletes, along with fiscal management, for Edmonds Community College’s Northwest Athletic Association (NWAC) volleyball program. This position reports to the Athletic Director. The duties of this position must be conducted in adherence with the policies, rules, and regulations of the NWAC and Edmonds Community College.

Must be able to work and interact effectively with other coaches, staff, student-athletes, the general student body, administrators and others of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Spencer Stark, Assistant Athletic Director, 425.640.1046 or Jorge de la Torre, Athletic Director, 425.640.1233

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AVCA Two Year College Volleyball All-Americans Announced

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce its Two-Year Colleges Women’s Volleyball All-America Teams [view AVCA website].

2015 AVCA Two-Year Colleges First-Team All-Americans

First Name Last Name School Pos Year
Fabiana Andrade Western Nebraska Community College S So.
McKenzey Beck Glendale Community College S So.
Emily Bible College of the Canyons OH Fr.
Marandah Boeder Chemeketa Community College MB So.
Riana Brennan# Foothill College OH So.
Aleksandra Djordjevic* Northwest College OH So.
Aleksandra Gligoric Tyler Junior College RS So.
Jordyn Keamo Blinn College S So.
Sofi Kelemete Parkland College MB Fr.
Alexandra Lilliquist Indian River State College OH So.
Tawnee Luafalemana College of Southern Idaho MB So.
Tori Peterson Rochester Community College RS So.
Darrin Rice Pierce College L So.
Samantha Rouleau Linn-Benton Community College S So.
Gabriella Strazzeri Iowa Western Community College OH So.
Kristin Williams Blue Mountain Community College MB Fr.
Aubrey Wilson Hutchinson Community College S So.
Yue Wu Polk State College OH Fr.

2015  AVCA Two-Year Colleges Second-Team All-America

First Name Last Name School Position Year
Cherlie Adorno Hillsborough Community College L So.
Iva Alebic Yavapai College OH Fr.
Nathaly Alvarez College of Central Florida S Fr.
Sojo Channel Tacoma Community College OH So.
Payton Chohon Central Community College MB So.
Malerie Crenshaw Fresno City College MB So.
Mariah Diaz Feather River College RS So.
Larissa Focosi Iowa Western Community College S Fr.
Manon Geoffroy San Jacinto College L So.
Jady Gerotto Western Nebraska Community College MB Fr.
Mary Grace Masters Jefferson College L So.
Jessica Quayle Salt Lake Community College OH So.
Taylor Stone Brookhaven College S So.
Tiffany Sunderlin Lincoln Land Community College OH So.
Teodora Tepavac Northwest College OH So.
Meghan Turner Clark College DS So.
Nickeisha Williams El Camino College OH So.
Katrina Zens Chemeketa Community College OH So.

2015 Fall Academic Excellence Awards

2015 Fall Sports Academic Excellence. Qualifications:

  • Sophomore in Eligibility
  • Minimum of 36 Credits Earned
  • 3.25 Cumulative GPA
  • Recommended by the College

Cross Countryprint version

Jocelyn Barber Clackamas Women’s XC
Jade Borseth Everett Women’s XC
Ellen Caminiti Treasure Valley Women’s XC
Brayana Elmore Olympic Women’s XC
Alexis Gcrellin Oregon Women’s XC
Danielle Girard Lane Commumity Women’s XC
Marina Hartford Olympic Women’s XC
Kendall Maslen Lane Women’s XC
Kayla McNeeley Clackamas Women’s XC
Rebecca Mildes Spokane Women’s XC
Emily Mills Olympic Women’s XC
Jolene Millsap Olympic Women’s XC
Rebecca Ponnay Clackamas Women’s XC
Madison Schnell Lane Women’s XC
Catherine Sebastian Olympic Women’s XC
Amber Sheline Olympic Women’s XC
Elizabeth Smith Spokane Women’s XC
Jacob Barnett Mt. Hood Men’s XC
Alexander Lacey Clackamas Men’s XC
Judd Lewis Spokane Men’s XC
Kevin Mattox Green River Men’s XC
Dean Nizer Mt. Hood Men’s XC
Kyler Sager Everett Men’s XC
Devin Sellers Clackamas Men’s XC

Men’s Soccerprint version

Tomas Alvarado Whatcom
James Bensen Everett
Alejandro Castillo Highline
Christopher Cole Bellevue
Gregory Couweleers Whatcom
Keenen Deuel Whatcom
Diego Diaz-Sanchez Treasure Valley
Omar Fabila Tacoma
Marco Gomez Highline
Austin Hammer Tacoma
Joal Herrera Treasure Valley
Tyler John Highline
Michael Knight Tacoma
Alec Lohr Clark
Vitor Maia Peninsula
Moises Manon SW Oregon
Emmanuel Medina Peninsula
Grant Michaels Bellevue
Sergio Navarro Bellevue
Ryan Preifer Bellevue
Anthony Quesnell North Idaho
Anthony Quesnell North Idaho
Grayson Raffensperger Highline
Alan Rivas-Parra Whatcom
Yonatan Rodriguez Wenatchee Valley
Orlando Romero Wenatchee Valley
Colton Schultz SW Oregon
Sebastian Sulantay Edmonds
Kazuki Teteishi Spokane
Tony Tran Shoreline
Esau Vazquez Walla Walla
Micah Weller Peninsula
Tanner Wilburn Spokane

Women’s Soccer print version

Karla Aranda Clackamas
Brenna Bogle Clark
Blaire Bowman Lower Columbia
Madison Brown Spokane
Josie Child SW Oregon
Cassandra Clarke Treasure Valley
Samantha Claypool Pierce
Michelle Day Highline
Audrey Dias Treasure Valley
McKynna Dugger Walla Walla
Jaimee Farrell Bellevue
Bethany Forst Columbia Basin
Chelsea Foster Shoreline
Megan Fox Clark
Stephanie Gibson Columbia Basin
Nicole Goldingay Green River
Anna Goodrie Lane Commumity
Lenaye Grabowski Tacoma
Geraldine Graham SW Oregon
Lexie Gray Edmonds
Danielle Gunter Green River
Brooke Hernandez Skagit Valley
Samantha Herzog Yakima Valley
Amanda Hisey Lane Commumity
Surawadee Johnson Bellevue
Alia Jones Whatcom
MacKenzie Kearney Clackamas
McKenna Kendall Chemeketa
Caity Lawton Columbia Basin
Ariana Leyba Whatcom
Haylee Longsine Edmonds
Hannah Longsine Edmonds
Kelsie Loomis Lane Commumity
Desirae Lyall Columbia Basin
Teresa Martinez Yakima Valley
Holly Martinez-Moorman Chemeketa
Brittany McBride Walla Walla
Analise Miller-Wells Highline
Kelsie Neill Everett
Kaylee Nguyen Grays Harbor
Mattison Norton Everett
Brenda Ochoa Tacoma
Kylee O’Connor Lane Commumity
Olivia Olason Edmonds
Lexi Pittman Clackamas
Olivia Pizano SW Oregon
Peyton Pruett Edmonds
Yecenia Ramirez Wenatchee Valley
Alexandra Rankin North Idaho
Merhaweet Sahlezghi Treasure Valley
Rosalie Salisbury Pierce
Alexis Smith North Idaho
Brooke Thomas Treasure Valley
Alex Van Amburgh Chemeketa
Cassandra Van Der May North Idaho
Anna Van Order Spokane
Brittany Vickerman Columbia Basin
Savannah Ware Clark
Naomi Wasser Chemeketa
Riquelle Weaver Edmonds
Makenzie Welch Spokane
Nicole West Everett
Michele Whan Peninsula
Brylee Whitney Columbia Basin
Veronica Williams Skagit Valley

Volleyball print version

Sierra Adicott Lower Columbia
Nataly Aguilar Walla Walla
Hannah Bailey Blue Mountain
Julianna Bethune Everett
Alexa Bond Lower Columbia
Brylie Barnette Olympic
Savanna Cappa Tacoma
Kylie Collins Blue Mountain
Case Courtney Umpqua
Samantha Douglas Mt. Hood
Lindee Elmblade Linn-Benton
Siera English Spokane
Katelynn Fullmer Highline
Alaina Gentili Spokane
Cheyanne Haas Highline
Hannah Halverson Whatcom
Leilani Hansen Everett
Alexa Hess Skagit Valley
Hannah Hudson Olympic
Caitlyn Johnson Everett
Acacia Kaaa Mt. Hood
Kayla Keane Lower Columbia
Lindsey Keegan Clackamas
Kassidy Krause Whatcom
Deidreanna Laban Green River
Cheyanne Laber Everett
Carina LaFave Wenatchee Valley
Megan LaVoie Grays Harbor
Taylor Lindbloom Whatcom
Alexa Lindgren Walla Walla
Janessa Mast Clark
Arden McCarthy Bellevue
Ashley Miller Umpqua
Marissa Morris Pierce
Felicia Nelson Big Bend
Carrie O’Donnell Wenatchee Valley
Arlicia Ortiz Tacoma
Malia Parilla Shoreline
McKenna Reasor SW Oregon
Tiana Reynolds Centralia
Sawyer Ross Wenatchee Valley
Samantha Rouleau Linn-Benton
Malie Rube Linn-Benton
Kassidy Ruggles Wenatchee Valley
Michelle Sand Linn-Benton
Keri Schwarz Blue Mountain
Brooke Sorensen Big Bend
Joslyn Stansfield Centralia
Susan Timofeyev Highline
Hannah Wright Clackamas


Job announcement: Head Volleyball Coach – Treasure Valley CC

REPORTS TO: Athletic Director
LOCATION: Ontario, Oregon
STARTING DATE: To be negotiated, on or near Jan 4, 2016

This position
is responsible for all aspects of coaching an intercollegiate women’s volleyball

Experience as a volleyball player and three years college level coaching experience; or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the abilities to
perform the duties. Previous experience in recruiting student athletes. Effective organizational and verbal/written communication skills. Must be or become familiar with NWAC code.

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Chemeketa head coach Traci Stephenson selected AVCA West Region Coach of the Year


LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 30, 2015) – The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2015 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2015 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2015 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Omaha, Neb. on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention.

Traci StephensonAVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year

Traci Stephenson, Chemeketa Community College
2015 Record: 37-4

Won the Northwest Athletic Conference South Championship and clinched a berth in the NWAC Championship Tournament…Ranked first in the NWAC in hitting percentage (.262) and assists per set (13.18) and second in kills per set (13.50).


AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year
Shaun Pohlman, Northwest College
2015 Record: 33-6

Fourth season as head coach of Northwest… District I (Region IX) Champions and a No. 3 seed in the NJCAA National Tournament…Ranked first in the nation with 14.17 kills per set and 13.03 assists per set…Fourth-place finish in the tournament…Back-to-back AVCA Region Coach of the Year honoree.

AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Cliff Hastings, Parkland College
2015 Record: 57-0

Seventh season as the head coach of the Cobras…NJCAA Division II National Champions…NJCAA Division II Coach of the Tournament…Played 180 total sets this year, losing just nine all season…Freshman middle Sofi Kelemete won the tournament’s most valuable player…Just one match out of 57 went five sets…Second championship in program history (1999)…161-5 overall record in the last three seasons…Finished as NJCAA runner-up the last two seasons…This is his third consecutive AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor.

AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Jim Dietz, Lincoln Land Community College
2015 Record: 40-6

Tenth season as the head coach of the Loggers…Runner-up finish in the NJCAA Division II National Volleyball Tournament …Two players named to the all-tournament team (Talesha Scott, Tiffany Sunderlin)…Won District A (Region 24B) and earned a six seed in the NJCAA Tournament…Upset No. 3 Johnson County and No. 2 Glendale to make championship match…Career record of 333-125.

AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coach of the Year
Lisa Stuck, Glendale Community College
2015 Record: 32-3

Earned a No. 2 seed in the NJCAA Division II National Volleyball Tournament…Won third consecutive regional championship…Finished first in the conference…Sophomore setter McKenzey Beck won the conference player of the year and earned all-tournament honors…Finished in the top-10 of the NJCAA in kills per set (12.68), assists per set (11.85) and digs per set (21.35)…This is her second AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor (1998).

AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coach of the Year
Zach Shaver, Yavapai College
2015 Record: 22-8

Third season as the team’s head coach…The District C Championship was the first in program history…Also made program’s first ever appearance in the NJCAA Division I Tournament…Went 14-2 and finished second in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference…Lost just one match all season in their home gym…Outside hitter/right side Iva Alebic is second in the NJCAA in kills per set (4.66).

AVCA Two-Year College Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Stephanie Skidmore, Indian River State College
2015 Record: 24-8

Sixth Season at the helm at IRSC…Won first ever Southern Conference Championship…Sixth in the country with a .289 team hitting percentage…Rattled off a 14-match winning streak from September 9th through October 3rd…As of October 28, ranked 12th in the NJCAA National Poll.

AVCA Two-Year College Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Gary Larkin, Hillsborough Community College
2015 Record: 34-6

Thirteenth season as the head coach of Hillsborough…Finished the NJCAA National Tournament with a third-place finish…FCSAA State and Suncoast Conference Champions…Larkin won the FCSAA State and Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year…Earned a five seed in the NJCAA National Division I Tournament…This marks his fourth AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor (2008, 2012, 2013).