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Weekend Volleyball All-Tournament Teams

Chemeketa all tournament team

Chemeketa (champions)
#8 Madison Ross S
#9 Marandah Boeder MH
#15 Katrina Zens OH
Linn Benton (2nd Place)
#8 Alyvia Sams L
Olympic (3rd Place)
#2 Brylie Barnette OH
Walla Walla (Consolation 2nd Place)
#9 Samantha Grove MH


Highline All tournament team

Highline (champions)
All-tournament Libero- #3 Pumehana Nedlic
All-tournament Setter- #10 Taylor Alicuben
#11 Emi Atanoa OH
Shoreline (2nd Place)
#3 Taylore Alexander RS
#4 Anna Golubitskikh MH
#7 Carlie Howard S
#9 Tiana Reynolds OH
SW Oregon
#13 Nikki Rafay OH
Treasure Valley
#16 Holley Gunderson MH
Whatcom (Consolation 2nd)
#2 Taylore Lindbloom OH
Skagit Valley (Consolation champions)
#14 Audrey Frolich OH

Where are they now: Piper Cantrell

Piper CantrellPiper Cantrell – NWAC Class of 2013-2014, Blue Mountain Timberwolves, currently a senior at Eastern Oregon University

NWAC Accomplishments
As a key contributor to Blue Mountain’s back to back NWAC Championships in 2012 and 2013, Piper Cantrell lead her team both years in Services Aces and Digs, totaling 37 and 549 respectively.

Her 336 Digs ranked her 2nd in the NWAC in 2013 and earned her first team all-star, and AVCA All American honors.

Piper was also an outstanding student, earning the NWAC Academic Leadership Award.

Eastern Oregon University
Cantrell appeared in 36 matches as a junior and started in 30. Once again, she lead her team in service aces (28) and was second on her team in digs (346).

Follow Piper Cantrell and the Mountaineers as they look to duplicate their success from last season (30-6, Cascade Conference Champions) in the 2015 campaign.


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South Puget Sound CC adds Volleyball for Fall 2016

For the first time in 23 years, South Puget Sound Community College Athletics is adding a new intercollegiate sport: volleyball. SPSCC Clipper Volleyball will take to the court for the first time during the fall 2016 season.

“When I was hired, I was given the task of helping to lead a rejuvenation of the department; to not just field teams but to field quality teams in both character and in talent,” SPSCC Director of Athletics Nick Schmidt said. “No one can dispute the quality of talent in Thurston County. With that success came numerous players moving on to college outside of our local area; now we will be able to provide an avenue for those players to stay home.”

Last year, five Thurston County high schools made their respective state volleyball tournaments, with Tumwater winning the 2A state championship and Capital finishing as the 3A runner-up.

Clipper Volleyball will be the eighth team competing in the Northwest Athletic Conference West Region, replacing Clark College, which moves to the South Region at the beginning of this competition year. Schmidt said a coaching search will begin soon, with the ultimate goal of hiring a coach in late fall 2015. That will allow the new coach time to start recruiting in January and play a direct role in all elements associated with starting a program.

“Wanting to make the ‘right hire’, I’ll be consulting with people in the local volleyball community, NWAC and NCAA as we begin the search process,” Schmidt said. “I want to make sure we bring on someone who will not only be a great leader and role model to our players, but someone who can also lay the foundation for a successful program.”

This move follows the decision of SPSCC Athletics to discontinue its intercollegiate softball program, effective immediately. Schmidt served notice to the NWAC Executive Board of the decision on Aug. 5.

“While the overall history of our softball program should never be forgotten, recent history unfortunately left it in an extremely unstable situation,” Schmidt said. “This move will reenergize Clipper Athletics as well as bring more athletic events to campus, allowing us to better engage the students and supporters of SPSCC. I won’t rule out eventually bringing the program back, but it was time that we moved in a new direction.”

For more information, see SPSCC Clipper Athletics. Follow Clipper Athletics on Facebook or on twitter at @spscc_athletics.

Clackamas Volleyball earns AVCA All-Academic Team award

2014 Cougar team photo

The 2014 Clackamas volleyball team earned the prestigious AVCA All-Academic Team honor as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

AVCA logoCCC was one of 24 two year schools Nationally that earned the honor. The Cougars had a combined 3.39 GPA.

To qualify for the national award, the team needs to have a 3.30 minimum GPA.

Former head coach Kathie Woods teams have earned the honor 9 out of the last 12 years and has earned the award more than any other two-year program since 2000.

"I am so proud to announce that the 2014-15 Cougar Volleyball team earned the Team Academic Award, sponsored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association." expressed Head Coach Kathie Woods.  "I just feel so very blessed to have a team win a Southern Region title, finish 4th in the NWAC AND do this well academically.  Our philosophy is to give 100 % in school, volleyball and life and that is just what these girls did. I am so very proud." said Woods.

Clackamas Volleyball sends eight on to 4-yr universities

Cougs transfer 8 of the 2014 team to continue their education and play volleyball at the next level

photo of Coach Woods and her transferring sophomores in the CCC gym
Coach Woods with her transferring sophomores – pictured from left to right: Celena Maxwell, Sierra VeraCruz, Bre Gibbons, Coach Woods, Megan Minke, Hannah Olson & Taylor Balkan.

Clackamas Head Coach Kathie Woods announced that several Cougars are going on to 4-yr universities next season, "I am so very proud of my Cougars as they have worked hard to prepare themselves for the next level, both academically and in volleyball.  All 6 of the sophomores that played this year have earned scholarships to play at the next level. 

Setter and team captain Taylor Balkan was first to sign at Valley City State University in North Dakota; outside hitter Celena Maxwell signed with Northwest Christian in Eugene, OR.   Libero and team captain Sierra VeraCruz signed with Oklahoma Baptist University. Middle blocker Hannah Olson inked with Corban University in Salem, OR.

And just this week Southern Region MVP and outside hitter Bre Gibbons and middle blocker Megan Minke each signed a letter of intent with Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida."

"These girls received scholarships and I just couldn’t be happier and more proud of them. I am so glad I will be retiring as I will need the time to try and see as much volleyball as I can from them!" Expressed a retiring & proud Woods, who skippered CCC squads the past 32 years.

Additionally, two freshmen, who had planned on transferring only for educational purposes, have changed their minds about playing next year. Setter Natalie James will walk on at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR and right side hitter Cassidy Scott will play at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. 

Added Woods, "I can’t wait to juggle my schedule around and see if I can catch everyone in action, not to mention watch next year’s Cougar team play!".

Pierce announces Shawnna Shula as new head volleyball coach

photo of Shawnna ShulaPierce College is pleased to announce the selection of Shawnna Shula as the new head coach for the Raider Volleyball program.

Shula has deep roots in the local volleyball community, playing her high school ball at Fife High School for her aunt, hall of fame coach Jan Kirk.

Shula helped lead the Trojans to the 1995 3A State Championship, was selected to the 1995 All State Team, and was named SPSL 3A league MVP in 1994 and 1995. 

She went on to play at St. Martin’s University for four years, where she earned All NAIA First Team honors in 1999 and 2000.  She was a 3-year team captain for the Saints and set the career record for assists.

Shula has been coaching at the club level for much of the past 14 years.  She was the varsity head coach at Bethel High School in 2013, and returned to her alma mater as the head coach at Fife High School from 2010-1012, leading the Trojans to the league title in 2010, and a berth in the State tournament.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next head coach of the Raider Volleyball program.  I am very passionate about volleyball and I am excited to start the next chapter of this great program.  I believe that with hard work, dedication, and passion, the Raider Volleyball program will grow to be a successful and dominant program in the NWAC.”

Joining Shula on the Raiders sideline will be long time coaching associate Greg Finel.

Coach Shula currently works as an Educational Assistant with the Fife School District. She graduated from St. Martin’s University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

“We are very excited to have Shawnna join our staff, and look forward to great things from the Raider Volleyball program in the season ahead,” said Pierce athletic director Duncan Stevenson.

Olympic College appoints Jaymie Cox to lead Ranger Volleyball into 2015 season

Jaymie CoxOlympic College is pleased to announce the hiring of Jaymie Cox as the new Volleyball Coach/Recreation and Athletic Specialist.

“Jaymie will be a positive addition to our athletic and recreation departments,” says Olympic Athletic Director Barry Janusch says, “This is her first college head coaching position and we know she will work hard to keep OC at the high level we have achieved these past few years.  She has a great knowledge of the game and demonstrates the passion and work ethic it takes to be successful.  Her vast sports information background will help both Athletics and Recreation with all aspects of social media and event promotions.”

“Jaymie will be an immediate asset for the Rangers of Olympic College,” says former OC Volleyball Coach Beth Donnelly, “Her experience and involvement in the NWAC makes her a great fit for the position.  I feel that the program will be in the most capable hands.  I wish her and OC all the luck in the upcoming seasons.”

Jaymie graduated from Lewis & Clark College with her Bachelors in Communication and will graduate this fall from a dual degree program at the United States Sports Academy with a Masters of Sport Science in both Sport Coaching and Sport Management.   

She has most recently worked at Shoreline Community College where she was the Facilities, Equipment, and Event Coordinator.  She also works for the NWAC office as the Sports Information Assistant.  

NWAC announces Hall of Fame Class of 2015

NWAC Hall of Fame Banner

The NWAC Executive Board has announced the 2015 Hall of Fame inductions. 
The following teams & individuals have been approved to be inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame on June 4, 2015:

1983 Wenatchee Valley Football Team
1986 Walla Walla Football Team

Sam Brasch, Spokane
Anthony Davis, Spokane
Curt Didier, Columbia Basin
Mike Fitzpatrick, Columbia Basin
Mike Rice, Spokane
Vic Wallace, Spokane

Hall of Fame inductions are selected on a regional rotation. This year’s Hall of Fame will take place at the Red Lion Hotel in Pacso, Washington.

NWAC Fall Academic Leadership award winners announced

The NWAC is please to announce the 2014 Fall Academic Leadership award winners.

To qualify an athlete must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a second year athletic participant at an NWAC member
  • Earned 40 + credits (Fall Sports) and 60 + credits (Winter and Spring sports)
  • Hold a 3.50+ cumulative GPA
  • Be involved in campus or community activities

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Haley Baird 3.54 Columbia Basin Women’s Soccer
Grace Bills 3.69 Whatcom Volleyball
Shannon Budworth 3.76 Spokane Women’s Soccer
Shelby Clark 3.54 Columbia Basin Volleyball
Kaylee Cornelison 3.63 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Corey Dallas 3.50 Pierce Men’s Soccer
Kelly Egge 3.75 Everett Women’s Cross Country
Jack Espinoza 3.78 Everett Men’s Cross Country
Jessica Geibel 3.54 Spokane Women’s Soccer
Kortney Grattic 3.68 Whatcom Volleyball
David Guerrero 3.50 Chemeketa Men’s Soccer
Kelsey Hafen 3.50 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Callie Hanson 3.50 Columbia Basin Volleyball
Tammy Hilgendorf 3.54 Clark Women’s Soccer
Katelynn Horn 3.81 Everett Women’s Cross Country
Jubilie Jefferson 3.98 Lower Columbia Women’s Soccer
Katie Jo Johnson 3.86 Treasure Valley Women’s Cross Country
Zebulon Klemke 3.86 Spokane Men’s Cross Country
Trapper Lee 3.70 Spokane Men’s Soccer
Sierra Linke 3.62 Blue Mountain Volleyball
Sierra Martinez 3.65 Treasure Valley Women’s Soccer
Sarah Martinez 3.91 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Megan Minke 3.55 Clackamas Volleyball
Savannah Moore 3.55 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Megan Parks 3.76 Wenatchee Valley Women’s Soccer
Monica Postor 3.58 Shoreline Volleyball
Sidronio Rangel 3.52 Treasure Valley Men’s Soccer
M’Kailah Redden 3.51 Shoreline Volleyball
Jade Reid 3.59 Lower Columbia Women’s Soccer
Leah Rife-Dupuy 3.71 Spokane Women’s Cross Country
Averi Rogers 3.98 Clark Women’s Soccer
Emily Russell 3.57 Spokane Volleyball
Amanda Schwegler 3.73 Lower Columbia Volleyball
Jared Seckel 3.79 Spokane Men’s Cross Country
Casandra Slaughter-Jordao 3.55 Pierce Women’s Soccer
Alyssa Sprague 3.68 Southwestern Oregon Volleyball
Rocio Torres 3.62 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Emily Trosino 4.00 Mt. Hood Women’s Cross Country
Sarah Tysdal 3.68 Whatcom Volleyball
Denae Weigelt 3.81 Everett Women’s Soccer
Dakota Wickard 3.50 Columbia Basin Women’s Soccer
Stephanie Wilson 3.71 Columbia Basin Women’s Soccer
Ricky Young 3.59 Pierce Men’s Soccer

End of an era: Clackamas volleyball head coach Kathie Woods announces retirement

January 27, 2015

Kathie Woods
Kathie Woods

Oregon City — Longtime Clackamas Community College Volleyball Coach Kathie Woods has announced her retirement from coaching, effective after this current school year.

Woods, a native of Dallas, Oregon, has been the head coach at Clackamas since the 1983-84 season.

Prior to arriving at CCC, Woods also coached for 2 years at Linn-Benton community College in Albany.

“Coaching volleyball at Clackamas has been the most fun and rewarding profession in the world to me,“ expressed Woods. “It has truly been an honor and I have loved every minute. I am excited to see what the next chapter in my life holds.  Honestly, when people ask me what I’m going to do, I hesitate in answering because I have been coaching all of my adult life and I don’t really know what I’m going to do” she laughs. “I am looking forward to having summers, nights, weekends and fall seasons to explore.  This was a good time to take the next step. It just felt right. This current team was the team I chose to go out on.  They are incredible.  God never fails to bless me.”

Woods finished the 2014-15 season with a 10-0 region record, her 7th Southern Region Championship, a 37-13 overall finish and a 4th place in the NWAC conference.

During her career she amassed a 836-522 record for a 61.6% winning percentage.  This year she surpassed the 800 victory mark. Her 836 wins is the most by an NWAC volleyball coach and a mark only surpassed by 5 other 2-year volleyball coaches in the history of Junior College athletics.

Other notable accolades Woods achieved in her tenure included 2 NWAC Championships, NWAC Coach of the Year (3x), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Coach of the Year and Southern Region Coach of the Year on multiple occasions, including this past season.

Her 1996 team that went 12-0 in region and 50-9 overall including CCC’s first NWAC volleyball championship was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame in 2008.

Woods was an avid proponent of her students doing well in the classroom. Her teams have been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 8 out of the last 10 years for the AVCA Team Academic Award (a minimum 3.3 team GPA).

Woods also coached 7 AVCA All-Americans since the award’s inception in 1996.

“I am so thankful to all my Cougar student/athletes, my coaches and the administrations I’ve worked with at Clackamas.  No words can express my gratitude.  They have been truly incredible and Clackamas is the best place in the world to work and play!  They have helped make my dream of coaching a reality and I am truly blessed.” Said Woods.

Coach Woods will continue her coaching duties until July 1st, when incoming coach Sarah Hoeke, a Cougar Alumni who played for Woods, will officially take over.

“I am so thrilled that Sarah will be taking over the helm.  She has the same philosophy as what we have now and I just know she will do (and is already doing in transition) a fantastic job.  I am excited to see her and the program grow into even higher heights.  Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar“ expressed Woods.