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Blue Mountain Volleyball dominates for third consecutive NWAC title

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There hasn’t been a team that has dominated the league like Blue Mountain has since Mt. Hood won three consecutive titles from 2000 to 2002. Spokane Falls CC was the first to accomplish the feat (1980-1982) and Highline from 1985-1987.

The Timberwolves were absolutely perfect in the tournament winning 15 sets and losing none.

The closest set score they faced was  a pair of 25-23 set wins over top-ranked Olympic. And they swept runner-up Spokane, a very solid team, in six straight sets over two matches – The closest the Sasquatch could get to BMCC was a pair of 25-20 sets.

The Timberwolves opened the championship match with a convincing 25-11 set win before reeling off two more wins 25-18 and 25-20.

Sierra Linke  was named tournament MVP

Tournament MVP Sierra Linke turned in 7 kills along with Madi Harris’ team high 9 kills and Brittney Fielder’s 7 kills. Harris and Fielder were on fire for the match with 44% and 58% kill efficiencies. Linke easily led the Timberwolves with 56 kills (3.73 kps avg) over the course of the tournament.

2013 tournament MVP Sam Odren had 20 assists while Klaree Hobart was amazing on defense in the title match with 28 digs.

Alyssa Carnes and Amorelle Applin blocked 5 kills apiece to add to BMCC’s dominate defense while three other Timberwolves recorded 3 blocks each.

 

BMCC head coach Dave Baty was named COY

Spokane was led on offense by Korrie Stephenson who had a match high 10 kills while setters Emily Russell and Madison Zinsli fueled the offense with 15 assists each. Lizzy Ridley and Jacy Vining combined for 36 digs.

BMCC ends their season with a 50-4 overall record while Spokane finishes 35-13.

Timberwolves head coach Dave Baty was named NWAC Coach of the Year.

All-Tournament Team
MVP – Sierra Linke – Blue Mountain
1st team:
Amorelle Applin – Blue Mountain
Madi Harris – Blue Mountain
Jacy Vining – Spokane
Jenna Widman – Spokane
Colby Barnette – Olympic
Sierra VeraCruz – Clackamas

2nd team
Sam Odren – Blue Mountain
Korrie Stephenson – Spokane
Ashlee Trane – Olympic
Bre Gibbons – Clackamas
Tasi Peredo – Tacoma
Marandah Boeder – Chemeketa

Honorable Mention:
Danielle Smullin – Bellevue
Natalia Sulantay – Everett
Katie Bentson – Linn-Benton
Kiana Calles – Skagit Valley

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Blue Mountain and Spokane to battle for 2014 Volleyball title

Reining two-time NWAC champions Blue Mountain Timberwolves appear primed to collect another title in volleyball – their fourth in five years.

BMCC dispatched East Region rival Spokane 3-0 in three convincing sets to move on to the championship match in the double elimination tourney. The Wolves were simply firing on all cylinders -while the Sasquatch struggled to find a way to collect momentum.

The loss dropped Spokane into the elimination side of the bracket where they met last season’s runner up Olympic Rangers who had just some off a 2-1 victory over Clackamas who finished 4th in CCC head coach Kathie Woods’ final season after a 34yr coaching career.

The Rangers fell easily in the opening set 25-16 to Spokane, but put up a valiant fight in the second of the three set elimination match, before falling to the Sasquatch in extra match points 29-27. Olympic placed third.

The win sets up another match between Blue Mountain and Spokane to resolve the NWAC title winner.

If Spokane wins the best of five match over Blue Mountain – who hasn’t lost a match in the tourney – there will be a three set match to follow to determine the 2014 champion.

The two clubs have met six times this season with Blue Mountain holding a 5-1 advantage. The match will begin at the conclusion of the all-star matches at 3pm.

The all-star games begin at 10:30am with the all-star winners meeting at 12:00pm.

Catch all the action – including the all-star matches – live on NWAC TV.

NWAC Volleyball tournament reduced to final eight

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And then there were eight… When the dust settled on day two of the 2014 NWAC Volleyball Championship Tournament the top five ranked teams are still in the hunt along with (arguably) a few surprises – South third seed Chemeketa, North third seed Everett along with North second seed Bellevue.

They survive along with top-ranked Olympic who suffered a 3-0 loss to second-ranked and two-time defending champion Blue Mountain; third-ranked Spokane who persevered, despite falling behind two sets to zero to fifth-ranked Clackamas to win 3-2

Fourth-ranked Tacoma, also still in the hunt, was knocked into the elimination round with a 3-0 loss to Spokane earlier in the day – The Titans bounced back and sent the Clark Penguins back to Vancouver with a 2-0 win in the evening matches.

Saturday’s round of set matches will see East Region rivals Spokane and Blue Mountain battle at 1:30pm in the undefeated side to the double elimination bracket.  The day will kick off at 10am with Chemeketa taking on Everett and Tacoma looking to advance against Bellevue. 

 At 11:45am, Clackamas will face on the winner of Chemeketa vs. Everett while Olympic will await the winner of Tacoma vs. Bellevue.

Volleyball All-Stars Announced

NWAC Volleyball All-Stars were announced during the championship banquet Wednesday evening at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Congatulations to the student-athletes and coaches who made the list!

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NORTH REGION
Most Valuable Player:
Colby Barnette, So., MB, Olympic
Coach of the Year:
Beth Donnelly, Olympic

First Team
Brylie Barnette, Fr., OH, Olympic
Kiana Calles, Fr., S, Skagit Valley
Danielle Chu, So.,MB, Olympic
Danielle Smullin, So., S, Bellevue
Ashlee Trane, So., S, Olympic
Kayley Watkins, So., OH, Bellevue

Second Team
Monica Postor, Fr., L, Shoreline
Sara Pulaski, So., L, Bellevue
M’Kailah Redden, So., MB, Shoreline
Kelcie Russell, So., MB, Bellevue
Carly Sims, So., OH, Edmonds
Natalia Sulantay, Fr., OH, Everett

SOUTH REGION
Most Valuable Player:
Bre Gibbons, So., OH, Clackamas
Coach of the Year:
Kathie Woods, Clackamas

First Team
Katie Bentson, So., L, Linn-Benton
Paige Kelsey, So., S., Linn-Benton
Alex Martinez, So., L, Chemeketa
Kiana Miller, So., L, Mt. Hood
Hannah Olson, So., MB, Clackamas
Alyssa Sprague, So., L, SW Oregon
Sierra VeraCruz, So., L, Clackamas

Second Team
Marandah Boeder, Fr., MB, Chemeketa
Mariah Gladden, So., OH, Umpqua
Celena Maxwell, Sol, OH, Clackamas
Amber Parker, Fr., OH, Linn-Benton
Devin Saucy, So., OH, Mt. Hood
Hayley Sturgeon, So., S/RS, SW Oregon

WEST REGION
Most Valuable Player:
Braylie Jeffers, Fr., MB, Tacoma         
Coach of the Year:
Rachael Schurman, Tacoma

First Team
Ashtyn Bagby, So., S, Tacoma
Sojo Channel, Fr., L, Tacoma
Rochelle Middlebrooks, Fr., MB, Green River
Vanessa Muckerheide, So., MB, Clark
Danielle Tabor, So., OH, Highline
Alexandra Toth, So., S, Highline

Second Team
Faith Faamausili, Fr., MB, Green River
Shaina Gustafson, So., L, Lower Columbia
Jessica Markham, So., MB, Highline
Janessa Mast, Fr., OH, Clark
Tiana Reynolds, Fr., OH, Centralia
Taylin Smail, Fr., OH, Tacoma

EAST REGION
Most Valuable Player:
Sierra Linke, So, MB, Blue Mountain
Coach of the Year:
Dave Baty, Blue Mountain

First Team
Amorelle Applin, Fr., MB, Blue Mountain
Kiendra Chester, So., RS, Walla Walla
Klaree Hobart, Fr., OH, Blue Mountain
Mikel Sydney, Fr., OH, Wenatchee Valley
Jacy Vining, So., OH, Spokane
Jenna Widman, So., MB, Spokane

Second Team
Erika Crawford, Fr., DS, Wenatchee Valley
Sam Odren, So., S, Blue Mountain
Brianna Mehling, So., S, Walla Walla
Emily Russell, So., S, Spokane
Korrie Stephenson, So., RS, Spokane
Chantelle Zamora, So., OH, Walla Walla

NWAC Volleyball Invades Tacoma – Day one results

When the dust settled on day one of the 2014 Volleyball Championship, 12 of the 16 tournament teams survived to day two. The top five ranked teams, Olympic, Blue Mountain, Spokane, Tacoma and Clackamas each survived without a set loss
. The same could not be said for the teams ranked 6th-8th.

Sixth-ranked Walla Walla was stunned by Bellevue in three straight sets.
#7 Linn-Benton got a wake up call when Clark stopped the Road Runners cold in their tracks in a 25-12 opening set win, but LBCC regrouped to move on in the winner’s bracket with a 3-1 victory over the Penguins. And #8 Highline was ousted in two straight matches with sweeps by Chemeketa (3-0) and Skagit Valley (2-0).

Walla Walla rebounded in the elimination matches with a 2-0 win over Green River to end the Gators’ tournament. Everett took down Southwestern Oregon 2-1 to stay alive as did Clark over Wenatchee Valley with a 2-0 win and Skagit Valley who eliminated Highline.

The tournament resumes play at 10am tomorrow. Check out all the action on the Championship Web page at http://www.nwacsports.org/volleyball/championship.php

Links to brackets, results and high quality video coverage (powered by iHigh/Volar Video) are available.

Fall 2014 All-Academic Teams Announced

The Northwest Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2014 Fall Sophomore All-Academic Teams. In total, 164 student-athletes were named to the teams across the five fall sports.

To qualify, student-athletes must be a sophomore in eligibility, maintain a 3.25 Cumulative GPA, have a minimum of 36 credits earned and be recommended by their college.

Congratulations!

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Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 10

Korrie StephensonOffensive:  Korrie Stephenson
Spokane, Sophomore, Outside Hitter

Coaches’ Comments: “Korrie has transitioned to the outside and has posted solid stats this week both on offense and defense.”


Christine WingSetter: Christine Wing
SW Oregon, Freshman, Setter

Coaches’ Comments: “Christine uses all of our hitters and balances out the offense well. She did a good job this week.”


Alex MartinezDefensive: Alex Martinez
Chemeketa, Sophomore, Libero

Coaches’ Comments: “Alex is a great defensive specialist! Her serve receive is consistent on the mark and her defensive skills are outstanding. “


Regional Players of the Week – Week 10
North

Offensive:  Danielle Chu – Olympic
Setter:  Dani Smullin – Bellevue
Defensive:  Monica Postor – Shoreline

East
Offensive:  Korrie Stephenson – Spokane
Setter:  Emily Russell – Spokane
Defensive:  Lizzy Ridley – Spokane

 West
Offensive:  Braylie Jeffers – Tacoma
Setter:  Ashtyn Bagby – Tacoma
Defensive:  Dana Alderson – Green River

South
Offensive:  Paige Kelsey – Linn Benton
Setter:  Christine Wing – SW Oregon
Defensive:  Alex Martinez – Chemeketa

Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 9

Bre GibbonsOffensive:  Bre Gibbons
Clackamas, Sophomore, Outside Hitter

Coaches’ Comments: “Bre has been working hard all year and has constantly been our go to on the outside. She earned all-tourney in the Dorian Harris Halloween Classic.”


Alexandra Toth Setter: Alexandra Toth
Highline, Sophomore, Setter

Coaches’ Comments: “Alexandra does most things very well for us. Plays all around, and distributes the offense well. Good weekend at the tourney despite some close loses.”


Sierra VeraCruzDefensive: Sierra VeraCruz
Clackamas, Sophomore, Libero

Coaches’ Comments: “Sierra is our leader and spark plug on defense. When she plays good the entire team plays good. She did a great job leading the intensity this week. “


Regional Players of the Week – Week 9
North

Offensive:  London Bockenstedt – Olympic
Setter:  Courtney New – Olympic
Defensive:  Sara Pulaski – Bellevue

East
Offensive:  Morgan Wilder – Columbia Basin
Setter:  Callie Hanson – Columbia Basin
Defensive:  Chantelle Zamora – Walla Walla

West
Offensive:  Braylie Jeffers – Tacoma
Setter:  Alexandra Toth – Highline
Defensive:  Becca Ball – Centralia

South
Offensive:  Bre Gibbons – Clackamas
Setter:  Trisha Johnson – Mt. Hood
Defensive:  Sierra VeraCruz – Clackamas

Dorian Harris Halloween Classic Recap and All-Tourney Team

GRESHMAN, ORE. | Dorian Harris Halloween Classic
The Tacoma Titans are the Champions of the 2014 Dorian Harris Halloween Classic.  Tacoma finished Saturday winning 9 of 11 sets, including a 4-set win over Clackamas for the Championship.  The Titans won that match 25-18,19-25, 25-20, 25-22. 
Clackamas earned the right to the championship match with wins over Chemeketa (25-16, 25-18, 25-21), Centralia (25-17, 25-23, 25-18), and Skagit Valley (25-8, 25-22, 25-23).  The Titans had a first round bye and defeated Highline (26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22) and Wenatchee Valley (25-21, 25-13, 25-13). 
Chemeketa rebounded from the first round loss to Clackamas to defeat Everett (25-20, 25-20) and Centralia (26-24, 25-16) for a spot in the Consolation Championship.  Their opponent was Highline, who dropped a second round match to eventual champion Tacoma, but rebounded with wins over Umpqua (25-19, 25-14) and Lower Columbia (25-19, 25-18). 
Chemeketa won the Consolation Championship over Highline 25-18, 27-25.

All Tournament Team
Braylie Jeffers – Tacoma Community College – Most Valuable Player

Shelby Bergum – Lower Columbia College
Marandah Boeder – Chemeketa Community College
Kiana Calles- Skagit Valley College
Sojo Channel  – Tacoma Community College
Mariah Gladden – Umpqua Community College
Bre Gibbons – Clackamas Community College
Trisha Johnson – Mt. Hood Community College
Lindsey Keegan – Clackamas Community College
Mackenzie Monahan – Columbia Basin College
Kayleigh Paslay – Chemeketa Community College
Tiana Reynolds – Centralia College
Taylin Smail  – Tacoma Community College
Natalia Sulantay- Everett Community College
Mikel Sydney – Wenatchee Valley College
Danielle Tabor – Highline College