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2014 NWAC Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 1

Faith FaamausiliOffensive:  Faith Faamausili
Green River, Freshman, Middle Blocker

Coaches’ Comments: "Faith is getting to know how to play college volleyball. A powerful presence in the middle. She hits with pace and positioning. Has had an outstanding start to the season and was named MVP of the Gator Classic, leading the team to 4 victories. "

Paige KelseySetter:  Paige Kelsey
Linn-Benton, Sophomore, Setter

Coaches’ Comments: "Paige played every set this week. She was consistent in every aspect of the game and is improving quickly in locating and set distribution."

Elysha LangDefensive:  Elysha Lang
Umpqua, Sophomore, Libero

Coaches’ Comments: "Elysha played awesome averaging a 2.31 serve-receive, 5.56 digs per set and nearly an ace each set over 18 sets this last week."

Clackamas’ Kathie Woods registers volleyball win #800

CCC head coach Kathie Woods and her team celebrate Woods’ 800th win at home.

Oregon City, OR — Longtime Clackamas CC volleyball head coach Kathie Woods has reached another major milestone in coaching victories – this time it is win number 800. 

The victory came against Lower Columbia College Red Devils in a match CCC dominated from finish to end  25-16, 25-18, 25-18 [stats].

Woods is now #8 on the all-time 2-yr college coaching wins list. Seven other JUCO volleyball coaches have registered the 800 mark, four of those coaches have retired.

After graduating from Oregon State University, Woods began her 34 year coaching career at Linn-Benton CC in 1981. She then made the move to Oregon City to take the reins of the Cougars in 1983.

Woods last milestone victory came with win number 700 on 17 September 2010 against Edmonds CC in what was also an easy three-set sweep.

"Tonight was a very special night and the Cougs came to play their best match of the year so far," exclaimed Woods. "The special part of all this celebration is remembering all these years and knowing EVERY girl I ever coached is a part of it. There is a lot of great memories and I am forever blessed by each one."

Weekend Volleyball Tournament Recap and All-Tournment Teams

AUBURN—Tacoma and host Green River both go 4-0 in the GRCC round robin tournament.  Treasure Valley & Grays Harbor go 2-2, while Whatcom and Skagit Valley go winless. 

All Tournament Team
MVP – Faith Faamasuli – Green River
MVSetter – Ashtyn Bagby – Tacoma
MVLibero – Sojo Channel – Tacoma

Dana Alderson – Green River
Molly von Borstel – Treasure Valley
Kesley Hafen – Treasure Valley
Braylie Jeffers – Tacoma
Rochelle Middlebrooks – Green River
Chelsy Stewart – Grays Harbor

SPOKANE—Blue Mountain goes undefeated and Walla Walla finishes 4-1 at the Spokane Falls Invitational.  Big Bend, Chemeketa, Olympic, and Linn-Benton finish 3-2. Wenatchee Valley, Highline, Mt. Hood & host Spokane end 2-3. Clark ends 1-4 while Edmonds finishes 0-5. 

All-Tournament Team
Kylee Giles – Blue Mountain
Amorelle Applin – Blue Mountain
Kylie Collins- Blue Mountain
Brylie Barnette – Olympic
Bridgette Dwyer – Olympic
Ashlee Trane – Olympic
Maddie Zinsli – Spokane
Korrie Stephenson – Spokane
Aliya Ranis – Highline
Megan Smith – Highline
Kiendra Chester – Walla Walla
Chantelle Zamora – Walla Walla
Shea Lindsey – Mt. Hood
Kennedy Bell – Big Bend
Meghan Kennedy – Clark

Weekend Volleyball Recap and All-Stars

Highline Tourney
Des Moines, WA:  Host Highline ran the tables, defeating Green River 25-17, 27-25 to win their own tournament [view bracket]. 

All-Tournament Team
MVP: Luaipou Lologo, Highline
Tournament Setter: Luiapou Lologo, Highline
Tournament Libergo: Aliya Ranis, Highline

Kristen Anderson, Highline
Kianna Callis, Skagit Valley
Faith Faamausili, Green River
Rochelle Middlebrooks, Green River
Megan Smith, Highline
Whitney Southam, Big Bend
Alyssa Sprague, SW Oregon
Christine Wing, SW Oregon

Chemeketa Tourney
Salem, OR:  In a repeat of last year’s NWAC final, Olympic met Blue Mountain for the championship.  This time Olympic took the victory, winning a tight 5-set match 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25, 15-13 [view bracket].

All-Tournament Team:
Brylie Barnette –  Olympic
Colby Barnette – Olympic
Marandah Boeder – Chemeketa
Sam Odren – Blue Mountain
Lizzie Ridley – Spokane
Chantelle Zamora – Walla Walla

NWAC announces partnership with Krossover

Northwest Athletic Conference selects Krossover Intelligence Game Tape Exchange and Video Breakdown Partner NWAC will employ Krossover Technology for 2014-15 Season

Vancouver, WA– August 15 , 2014

The Northwest Athletic Conference and Krossover, the leading sports film analysis and statistics company, today announced a new partnership to support NWAC game tape exchange between men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball for the 2014-15 season. 

In the new partnership, game tapes will be hosted by Krossover and accessible to all teams throughout the NWAC to be shared between schools, the conference office, and conference officials.

Krossover’s cloud-based platform will enable NWAC schools the ability to access game clips and data online, share content with their players, and sort film by specific stats, players, occurrences and more. NWAC will have the ability to create an archived repository of their content on

“The partnership allows us to offer a fantastic cutting-edge tool to our coaches and athletic departments that can be used as a teaching tool to elevate all levels of performance from playing, to teaching and coaching, to marketing our fantastic student-athletes and their abilities to a larger audience,” NWAC Director of External Operations Scott Archer said.  “Krossover has the ability to analyze game performance from the macro to the micro level of team and individual performance. This is another step towards raising our conference profile while providing a fantastic experience for our student-athletes, and their respective athletic departments.”

“Krossover is excited to enter our partnership with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC)," said Shawn Sadjatumwadee Director of Community Partnerships at Krossover. "The NWAC is one of the elite community college conferences in the country. Krossover will be able to provide our premier platform to all volleyball and basketball teams in the NWAC so that their coaches and officials are able view and exchange film easily. Film is the best teacher and will assist NWAC teams so that they are able to compete at the highest possible level. Krossover is also thrilled to introduce our detailed film breakdown and analytics platform to the members of the NWAC to further expand coaches’ commitment to improvement and excellence. The NWAC and Krossover share an aligned vision toward the growth and expansion of film exchange and analytics at the junior college level, making our partnership ideal.”

About Krossover
Krossover, a New York City-based startup, provides sophisticated data analytics technology to the sports world. With an intuitive online platform easily accessible by thousands of high school and college programs, Krossover enables coaches to use video to improve the success of their athletic programs by eliminating the time and financial impediments to managing their filmed content. With an estimated 95% of high school and college athletic programs now recording game video, Krossover is accelerating the use of indexed, on-demand video content and advanced analytics by programs of all sizes.

Clackamas and Edmonds CC tally National AVCA Team Academic Honors

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 4, 2014) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 676 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-2014 season. 

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 NWAC had 2 of the 22 two-year colleges nationwide to receive the award: Edmonds Community College (3.34 GPA) and Clackamas Community College (3.33).  Additionally, the honor represents  Clackamas’ unprecedented seventh academic team award by the AVCA in the past eight years.

"Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court and we have a potent formula for future leadership! What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools."

The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA’s fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 500% 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 676. 

Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program’s 22-year history, with exactly 6,126 awards been given out in total. Additionally, there were six programs to earn recognition in the inaugural sand category.

For a list of all 676 team winners, click here


NWAACC: “Moving On and Upward”

Dear Commissioners:

Over the past three years as the NWAACC has continued to evolve and elevate as a conference, there have been some foundational principles that have guided the decisions of the conference.  Those principles are:

  • “Give more than what is expected”
  • “Give student-athletes the experience they deserve”
  • “Our service and support must be rooted in excellence”
  • “Our focus is on character, competition and community”
  • “Cultivate and develop the NWAACC brand”  


Today the NWAACC office is pleased to announce that the conference has a new logo(s) and has shorten the acronym NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community College) to NWAC (Northwest Athletic Conference).

Research has shown us that our logo was large and extremely difficult to transpose onto a variety of materials.  The new logo(s) should be easier to work with and simpler to transpose onto surfaces and materials.  Reducing the acronym from NWAACC to NWAC allows us to reduce the size, yet still allows the same verbalization that has been used for years.  The four stars represent the four regions that make up the NWAC.

We have a secondary logo that can be used as well on uniforms, caps and other items and second logo is attached for your use.  Following is the URL link to NWAC logos usage:

Due to these changes, we have made a change to the link of the NWAC home page.  The new address is

Today we begin to make the transition to a new logo(s) and a new acronym in our efforts to develop our conference brand.  The transition will take time as there are many items to work through.  Though the logo(s) and acronym may be new, we can still say “NWAC” and we will continue our commitment to elevate the conference by providing more than what is expected and give student-athletes the experience they deserve.

Marco Azurdia
Executive Director

Volleyball Championship moves to Tacoma for next three years

May 20, 2014

VANCOUVER, WA–The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges is pleased to announce that the 2014 NWAACC Volleyball Championships will be hosted by Pierce College and the Western Region in conjunction with the Tacoma South Sound Commission at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, Washington.

The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center is the second largest meeting location in the Pacific Northwest allowing the NWAACC to continue to offer tournament games on two courts simultaneously while showcasing high-level competition in one of the largest markets on the west coast. Pierce College and the Tacoma Convention Center were instrumental in coming together to offer a world-class experience to participating volleyball teams and colleges.

“The GTCTC offers more than 119,000 square feet of flexible event space for meetings, conferences, tradeshows and celebrations. Conveniently located just south of Seattle, 20 miles south of SeaTac Airport, close to I-5, within walking distance of two premium hotels and more options close by. (The GTCTC) is dedicated to protecting the environment through implementation of sustainability practices and green initiatives,” (

NWAACC Executive Director Marco Azurdia said, “The NWAACC is excited about this partnership as we continue in our endeavors to provide our student-athletes a first class championship experience. Pierce College, the NWAACC West Region, the GTCTC, and the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission partnering together allows this to happen. It now about getting to work to run a first class event.”

The agreement between the NWAACC and the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission calls for the tournament to run through the 2016 Volleyball season. Previously, Mt. Hood Community College served as host to the annual NWAACC Volleyball Championship. The NWAACC Volleyball Championship is a 16-team, double-elimination tournament held annually over four days in late November.

Big Bend hires Steve Duncan to coach Viking Volleyball

Steve DuncanBig  Bend  Community  College  has  hired  Steve  Duncan  as  head  volleyball 
coach,  according  to  Athletic  Director  Preston  Wilks.

Duncan has  moved  to  the  area  and  is  already  recruiting  for  the  Vikings.  He 
has  seven  players  returning  from  last  year’s  team  and  good  players  coming  to 
campus  for  visits.

“It  is  my  dream  job,  to  take  the  reins  of  my  own  team,”  said  Duncan,  who 
has  been  the  assistant  coach  for  several  successful  volleyball  programs.

Duncan  has  10  years  of  coaching  experience,  including  at  Eisenhower  and 
West  Valley  high  schools,  and  Yakima  Community  College.  The  teams  he  helped  coach  at  West  Valley  and  Eisenhower  had  five  state  berths  and  one  state 

He  was  an  assistant  coach  at  Central  Washington  University  when  the 
Wildcats  had  their  first  NCAA  tournament  berth  in  six  years

Duncan  received  awards  for  leadership  and  academic  excellence  while 
attending  CWU.  He  graduated  in 2012  with  a  Bachelor’s  Degree  in  Physical 
Education  and  School  Health

His hobbies  including  golf and  mountain  biking.  He  most  recently  worked 
for  the  Community  Services Department  of  the  City  of  Temecula  in  California.
He  is the founder  of  the Holwegner  Classic  Volleyball  Tournament,  an  outdoor 
doubles  tournament  that  raises  money  for  young  children  suffering  from  life 
threatening  ailments.

Duncan  replaces  Allison  Baker,  who  coached  Vikings  volleyball last year.