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Luthy Selected to Lead Whatcom Volleyball

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Whatcom Community College athletic director photo of Cody LuthyChris Scrimsher has announced the hiring of Cody Luthy to lead the women’s volleyball program.

Luthy played three seasons of club volleyball for Western Washington University while pursuing his degree in Business Administration. Cody was named to the All-PIVA League Honors team during the 2016-17 season.

Luthy served as a member of the coaching staff for the WWU women’s club program in 2016-17. In addition to his work with WWU club volleyball, Cody has served as a coach with the Ferndale Volleyball Club.

Coach Luthy takes over a program which returned to the NWAC tournament in 2017 and finished third in the NWAC northern region. Despite graduating sophomore talent, Luthy is optimistic for the 2018 season and looks forward to taking on the challenge.

Outside of the gym, you can find Cody running his alpaca farm in Olympia, Washington.  He is grateful for the opportunity to join the WCC athletic department and eager to continue the established traditions of success.

Mt. Hood names Kristina Crivello as head volleyball coach

Mt. Hood Community College’s Athletics department recently welcomed a new head volleyball coach, Kristina Crivello. Crivello served as assistant coach under former head coach Kim Lissinna, who recently resigned to work at Saint Michael’s College, a Division II school in Vermont.

Crivello is a 2009 graduate of Reynolds High School, where she competed in volleyball and track and field. She also played two years of collegiate volleyball at Linn-Benton Community College and two years at Warner Pacific College.

She possesses an associate degree in exercise and sports science from Linn-Benton and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Warner Pacific. She will complete a master’s degree at Concordia University this year.

“As a Reynolds graduate, Coach Crivello is familiar with our area, and she understands the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) as a former athlete at Linn-Benton,” said Dr. Kim Hyatt, MHCC athletic director and dean of Health, Physical Education, Athletics, Aquatics and Recreation. “She’s benefited from some outstanding mentors in the sport, and she brings to us excellent energy and a true passion to see our students succeed.”

Hyatt also praised the progress the team made under Coach Lissinna. During Lissinna’s two years as head coach, MHCC Volleyball competed in the 2017 NWAC Championship tournament, marking the team’s first appearance in the championships in three years.

2017 Fall Sports Coaches of the Year

NWAC Coach of the Year Graphic and Coaches Photos
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VANCOUVER – The NWAC is pleased to officially announce the Fall 2017 Coaches of the Year.

Bill Steyer Lane Community College
Men’s Cross Country

Steyer, in his first year at the helm of the Titans, led his Men’s Cross Country team to Lane’s second straight XC title. Three Titans were named to the NWAC All-American team including the Men’s individual NWAC Champion and runner-up.

Blas Guerra Treasure Valley Community College Women’s Cross Country

Guerra guided the Chukars to second place finish at the championship meet. Three Chukars earned NWAC All-American honors including the the Women’s NWAC individual Champion.

Steve Mohn Highline College
Men’s Soccer

Mohn, the West Region Coach of the Year, managed the 2nd-ranked Thunderbirds to a 14-1-3 record and the 2017 Championship, Highline’s third title. The Thunderbirds’ defense was the best in the conference, allowing only 11 goals in 18 matches. Six of Mohn’s players were named to the North-West All-Star team.

Tom Moore Highline College
Women’s Soccer

It was a good year to be from Highline and be ranked #2 in the final poll as Tom Moore led his undefeated squad to a 18-0-2 record and Highline’s second NWAC Championship. His Thunderbirds had one of the stingiest defenses in NWAC history allowing only 5 goals while the offense was one of the most productive in history scoring 99 goals (4.95 goals per match). Seven of Moore’s players were named to the North-West All-Star team including the West Region MVP.

Traci Stephenson Chemeketa

Stephenson, the South Region COY, led the top-ranked Storm to a 30-4 record and Chemeketa’s fourth NWAC Championship.  Chemeketa cruised through the championship tournament going 5-0 – winning all matches 3-1 until Bellevue found a way to stretch a CHCC contest to 5 sets in the title match. On the season, the Storm won 89 sets while only giving up 23 and ended the season on a 24 match winning streak. Four of Stephenson’s players were named to the South Region All-Star team including the Region MVP.

2017 Baden NWAC Volleyball Player of the Year

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Freshman setter Jane Cale, West Albany/Albany, OR., had a solid year quarterbacking the Storm offense with 716 assists on a 7.78 a/set average, A very versatile player, the South Region MVP also had 64 kills on a very strong 41.3% kill efficiency and had 249 digs on a 2.71 d/set average to go with 33 blocks. Her kills, digs and blocks totals led the conference for setters. Cale’s play was a pivotal factor in leading Chemeketa to a 25-4 season record and helping the team to a perfect championship tournament going 5-0 to capture the Storm’s fourth NWAC title. For her efforts, Cale was named the Tournament MVP.

Linn-Benton All-American Montanna Gubrud signs with Oregon State Volleyball


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State has officially added setter Montanna Gubrud, a two-time, Two-Year College All-American, to the volleyball program, head coach Mark Barnard announced Monday.

“Montanna is a strong competitor with good on-court leadership ability,” Barnard said. “She distributes a nice array of set types and puts hitters in a good position to score. She’s a little more experienced and older and will be a great addition to the team.”

Gubrud, who hails from McMinnville, Ore., joins the OSU program following two outstanding seasons at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany where she holds the Roadrunners’ all-time career assists record. She is a two-time AVCA Two-Year College All-America Second Team selection and is a two-time Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) First Team all-star. As a freshman, she guided her team to the NWAC championship match.

A three-sport athlete at McMinnville High School, Gubrud, starred on the volleyball court as well as in track & field and also played two years of basketball; and was named the McMinnville High Female Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2016. A three-time all-conference selection, Gubrud was named a team captain as a senior and received Player of the Year honors from the News-Register.

Gubrud won the state championship title in the long jump as a senior and owns the school record at 18-feet, 2-inches. She was the long jump district champion in 2013, 2015 and 2016. She was also a four-time all-league selection in the 100-meter hurdles.

AVCA Announces 2017 Two-Year College All-America Teams

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 8, 2017) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce its Two-Year College Women’s Volleyball All-America Teams. This is the first year there are three All-America teams.

2017 AVCA Two-Year College First-Team All-Americans

First Name Last Name School Pos Year
 Rafaella  Bonifacio  Miami Dade College  OH  So.
 Jane  Cale  Chemeketa Community College  S  Fr.
 Caitlyn  Cooper*  Iowa Western Community College  OH  So.
 Averi  Dyer  Bellevue College  OH  So.
 Rebecca  Lee  Cabrillo College  MB  So.
 Riley  Lyman  Snow College  OH  So.
 Massiel  Matos*  Miami Dade College  RS  So.
 Bailey  O’Brien  Sauk Valley Community College  OH  So.
 Megan  Ramseyer  Irvine Valley College  S/OH  So.
 Gabby  Sullivan  Iowa Central Community College  OH  So.
 Amilya  Thompson  San Joaquin Delta College  OH  Fr.
 Paige  Wallevand  Central Lakes College  S  Fr.
 Sun  Wenting  Miami Dade College  OH  So.
 Fiapai’pai’  Willis  Parkland College  OH  So.
 Pam  Zuluaga  Mineral Area College  S  So.

2017  AVCA Two-Year College second-Team All-America

First Name Last Name School Pos Year
 Olivia  Aguilar  Irvine Valley College  OH  So.
 Kiersten  Anderson  Lincoln Land Community College  S  So.
 Leah  Anderson  Parkland College  S  So.
 Sara  Antic  Northeastern Junior College  OH  Fr.
 Carolina  Barbosa  Navarro College  MB  So.
 Cyan  Blackdeer  Feather River College  MB  So.
 Montanna  Gubrud#  Linn-Benton Community College  S  So.
 Hayley  Huntsman  Mira Costa College  S  So.
 AveRee  Knowles  Eastern Arizona College  S  Fr.
 Giovanna  Kuntze  Seward County Community College  S  So.
 Airi  Miyabi  College of Southern Idaho  OH  Fr.
 Haley  Patterson  Chemeketa Community College  OH  So.
 Niki  Polce  Owens Community College  DS  So.
 Madison  Rhoder*  San Jacinto College  MB  So.
 Allyse  Rutter  Columbus State Community College  S  So.

2017  AVCA Two-Year College Third-Team All-America

First Name Last Name School Pos Year
 Irina  Alekseeva  Iowa Western Community College  RS  Fr.
 Bojana  Bolozan  Odessa College  MB  So.
 Makayla  Cervantes  Fresno City College  OH  So.
 Allyson  Crisp  Clark College  MB  So.
 Kendra  DeJonge  Grand Rapids Community College  OH  Fr.
 Kathya  Garcia  Polk State College  RS  Fr.
 Emily  Holm  Scottsdale Community College  OH  So.
 Milica  Kusmuk  Cowley College  OH  Fr.
 Carlee  Morrison  Laramie County Community College  OH  So.
 Ialah  Ochse  Chemeketa Community College  MB  So.
 Sofija  Pajevic  Northeastern Junior College  S  Fr.
 Keishla  Reyes  Eastfield College  OH  Fr.
 Karen  Rivera-Herrera  New Mexico Military Institute  OH  Fr.
 Brianna  Souza  Butte College  MB  So.
 Aiko  Waters  El Camino College  OH  So.

* Named 2016 AVCA Two-Year College First-Team All-America

# Named 2016 AVCA Two-Year College Second Team All-America

Spokane head coach Jenni Hull notches 400th volleyball win

image of Spokane volleyball players in huddle during a tournament match

TACOMA — Community Colleges of Spokane head volleyball coach Jenni Hull reached 400 wins on November 16 at the NWAC tournament defeating Highline by a score of 2-1.



image of Jenni HullIn Hull’s 13 seasons her program is consistently in the top of the NWAC conference, top 5 in 9 seasons, top four in region for 13 seasons, 3rd in NWAC two times, 2nd in NWAC twice and 1st in 2009. Hull’s career record currently stands at 401-203.

Athletic Director Ken Burrus added, “We are so proud of coach Hull for this amazing accomplishment. Under coach Hull’s leadership, the volleyball program at CCS has consistently produced winning teams and scholar athletes. They do an outstanding job representing the Athletic Department, the CCS District, and the city of Spokane.”

2017 Fall Academic Excellence Awards Announced

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VANCOUVER, WA — The 2017 Fall Sports Academic Excellence awards have been announced. Qualifications for recognition are to be a sophomore in eligibility, have a minimum of 36 credits earned, a 3.25 cumulative GPA and be recommended by the College.

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Aislynn Hansen Clark College
LaRee Granham Green River College
Sarah Curran Lane Community College
Lexi Healy Lane Community College
Emily Morin Lane Community College
Prisma Flores Mt. Hood Community College
Erica Veltkamp Mt. Hood Community College
Erika Hettick Olympic College
Rebekah Henry Community Colleges of Spokane
Jeanna Segaline Community Colleges of Spokane
Emma Adkins Treasure Valley Community College
Jenna Anderson Umpqua Community College
Jason Ernst Clark College
Drake Adams Olympic College
Braden Walters Southwestern Oregon Community College
Levi Lewis Treasure Valley Community College


Liam Knox Bellevue College
Omar Paez Bellevue College
Sahaj Singh Bellevue College
Justin Warren Bellevue College
Omar Alcazar Chemeketa Community College
Ammon Teubner Chemeketa Community College
Sam Basarab Clark College
Andrew Moreland Clark College
Vladimir Romano Clark College
Israel Gonzalez Columbia Basin College
Slade Weber Community Colleges of Spokane
Sheriff Conta Edmonds Community College
Mahmoud Farajallah Edmonds Community College
Emanuel Sakaita Edmonds Community College
Cooper Hutchins Highline College
Noah Runsvold Highline College
Jose Fernando Sanchez Jasso Highline College
Alex Engstrom Lane Community College
Cade Roske North Idaho College
Alex Bauer Rogue Community College
Trenton Luebbert Rogue Community College
Sebastian Tovar Rogue Community College
Hayato Okubo Skagit Valley College
Juan Millan Southwestern Oregon Community College
Flavio Betancourt Treasure Valley Community College
Victor Sanchez Walla Walla Community College
Dane Gillin Wenatchee Valley College
Lenin Guzman Wenatchee Valley College
Jesse Reyes Wenatchee Valley College
Lucas Leiberman Whatcom Community College


Brianna Manning Bellevue College
Meaghan White Bellevue College
Leann Phanakhone Centralia College
Sidney Rees Centralia College
Mary Richardson Centralia College
Keely Thomas Centralia College
Dominque Duncan Clackamas Community College
Sarah Kaufman Clark College
Madison Gatherum Columbia Basin College
Gracie Geurts Columbia Basin College
Ellen Mann Columbia Basin College
Alyne VanWinkle Columbia Basin College
Sarah Beck Edmonds Community College
Natalie Brown Edmonds Community College
Morgan Lord Edmonds Community College
Kylie Morse Edmonds Community College
Madison King Everett Community College
Taylor Birdsall Grays Harbor College
Ashley Marshall Grays Harbor College
Gabby Vasquez Grays Harbor College
Jasmine Brilliante Highline College
Emily Del Campo Highline College
Haley Kern Highline College
Tea Lopes Highline College
Tori Morton Highline College
Sara Olanda Highline College
Neo Van de Loo Highline College
Kyla Ganchan-Romero Lane Community College
Calysta Susu-Mago Lane Community College
Monica Guisinger Lower Columbia College
Emily McCoy Lower Columbia College
Melany Roggow Lower Columbia College
Nora Kennedy North Idaho
Yasmin Escobar Peninsula College
Emilee  Greve Peninsula College
Tatiana Hagan Peninsula College
Kelly Kevershan Peninsula College
Jayna Morikawa Peninsula College
Madelene Parton Peninsula College
Emelie Small Peninsula College
Sydney Warren Peninsula College
Kaitlyn Brantzeg Pierce College
Kelsey Lund Pierce College
Leah Nisco Pierce College
Tyra Thibodeaux Pierce College
Melanie Torr Pierce College
Tia Miller Portland Community College
Haley Janky Rogue Community College
Krystal Van Dyke Rogue Community College
Brooklyn Gratzer Shoreline Community College
Tarynn Kerr Shoreline Community College
Megan Brame Skagit Valley College
Brittany DeNike Skagit Valley College
Cynthia Ocampo Skagit Valley College
Kadie Forderer Southwestern Oregon Community College
Adisen Parsons Southwestern Oregon Community College
Crystal Rodriquez Southwestern Oregon Community College
Ashly Busch Community Colleges of Spokane
Riley Couch Community Colleges of Spokane
Michelle Czarapata Community Colleges of Spokane
Peyton Vasquez Community Colleges of Spokane
Alyssa Nordman Tacoma Community College
Katherine Shaw Tacoma Community College
Taylor Anthony Treasure Valley Community College
Melissa Glanzmann Treasure Valley Community College
Maris Mortensen Treasure Valley Community College
Marisa Saldivar Treasure Valley Community College
Jessica Garcia Walla Walla Community College
Madison Hemenway Walla Walla Community College
Tate Kautzky Walla Walla Community College
Nicole Macaluso Walla Walla Community College
Hannah Thompson Walla Walla Community College
Emily Thornton Walla Walla Community College
Alexandra Dieringer Wenatchee Valley College
Gabriella Flores Wenatchee Valley College
Madeline Kaiser Wenatchee Valley College
Brenna Whitney Wenatchee Valley College
Claire Ecklund Whatcom Community College
Kendra Warwick Whatcom Community College
Leah Rostov Whatcom Community College
Natalie LaTurner Whatcom Community College


Erika Weber Bellevue College
Savannah Bass Big Bend Community College
Laurissa Kisler Big Bend Community College
Madison Powers Big Bend Community College
Brooke Lomica Blue Mountain Communiity College
Hayden Blaser Centralia College
Haley Patterson Chemeketa Community College
Sierra Lowe Clackamas Community College
Autumn Westergren Clackamas Community College
Sierra Mayberry Clark College
Allyson Bott Columbia Basin College
Monica Calzadillas Columbia Basin College
Taija Rice Columbia Basin College
Brooke Swanson Columbia Basin College
Chenoa Faletoi Edmonds Community College
Sydney Lawrence Edmonds Community College
Macy Magri Edmonds Community College
Jayde Jenkins Grays Harbor College
Brooke Spoor Grays Harbor College
Darby Deaton Green River College
Kaylee Ketner Green River College
Zoe Gaines Highline College
Lindsey Nein Highline College
Kayla Akiona Lane Community College
Morgan Newton Lane Community College
Katelyn Allen Linn-Benton Community College
Kylene Briggs Linn-Benton Community College
Sara Fanger Linn-Benton Community College
Montanna Gubrud Linn-Benton Community College
Khloe Clark Lower Columbia College
Mikalyn Almberg Mt. Hood Community College
Ashlyn Huntington Mt. Hood Community College
Hannah Spears Mt. Hood Community College
Sarah Roach Olympic College
Brooke Peterson Pierce College
Katielynn Pyles Pierce College
Kamea Luna Skagit Valley College
Karly Richardson Skagit Valley College
Caroline Franklin South Puget Sound Community College
Ellie King South Puget Sound Community College
Jaeya Reed South Puget Sound Community College
Blythe Ballesteros Southwestern Oregon Community College
Trisha Ray Southwestern Oregon Community College
Kendall Collins Community Colleges of Spokane
Baylee Gorder Community Colleges of Spokane
Kaitlin Ramsey Community Colleges of Spokane
Elisah Paris Treasure Valley Community College
Maisy Smith Treasure Valley Community College
Kelsi Wilson Treasure Valley Community College
Dominique Wenzler-Steves Umpqua Community College
Lindsey Carpenter Walla Walla Community College
Hannah Pond Walla Walla Community College
Jordan Sluder Walla Walla Community College
Claudia Hubbard Wenatchee Valley College
Maria Jacobus Wenatchee Valley College
Jordan O’Donnell Wenatchee Valley College
Linley Wise Wenatchee Valley College
Brenna Black Yakima Valley College
Kerista Goodpaster Yakima Valley College


Chemeketa Storm wins fourth NWAC Volleyball Championship

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By Eric Trent


TACOMA — Down two sets to one, halfway thru the fourth set, top-ranked Chemeketa was trailing seventh-ranked Bellevue 11-4 after surrendering eight-straight points.

Storm freshman setter and South Region MVP Jane Cale caught her breath with her hands on her knees and smiled at her teammates reassuringly.

Then the Storm (30-4) stormed back, reeling off a 21-10 run to end the fourth set in a 25-21 win. In the final set, the Storm buried the Bulldogs (38-14) in an avalanche of kills from sophomore outside hitter Haley Patterson that vaulted Chemeketa to its fourth conference volleyball title.

Cale, who won the tourney MVP after piling up 46 assists in the five-set match – more than double of any other player – knew all along the Storm weren’t going to be flustered.

“I think we did that all tournament,” Cale said. “We were just talking this morning about how when we’re down, we’re not stressed out. I think that’s something special about everyone.”

Chemeketa came in riding a 23-match win streak and won three-of-five sets, 22-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-21 and 15-12, to claim its first title since 2008. The Storm also won back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.

Chemeketa coach Traci Stephenson, who brought the 2015 No. 1 ranked Chemeketa team to the tourney and was ousted before the finals, said the Storm keeping their cool was the difference-maker in the win.

“The girls do a really good job of staying level-headed and not thinking too far in front of themselves,” Stephenson said. “They’re just thinking about the point that’s going on. That’s what’s helped us be the most successful.”

Sophomore outside hitter Haley Patterson, who won Most Inspirational, unleashed a match-high 23 kills, including a barrage that put the final set away for the Storm, said they never lose their cool.

“We really never get flustered,” Patterson said. “We’re always a calm, cool and collected team. If you look at us, you can never tell that we’re losing.”

Stephenson said she’s happy to win a title in just her seventh season as coach.

“It’s something that we all strive for,” Stephenson said. “That’s what you’re trying to get to every year. I feel very blessed and honored.”

Chemeketa, the lone unbeaten team in the tourney, and No. 1 seed in the South Region, ran rampant through the winner’s bracket, shutting out Centralia, 3-0, routing fourth-ranked Columbia Basin and sixth-ranked Walla Walla, both 3-1, then overwhelming No. 4 Clark, 3-1, in the semifinals.

“We worked so hard all year,” Cale said. “I feel that we didn’t work harder than every team, but we just put in the most time. Since August, we had triple-workouts for like eight weeks. It just feels really good.”

All-Tournament Team

Most Valuable Player – Jane Cale – Chemeketa
Most Inspirational – Haley Patterson
Coach of the Year – Traci Stephenson

First Team
Olivia White – Clark
Sara Fanger – Linn-Benton
Averi Dyer – Bellevue
Erika Weber – Bellevue
Lalah Oche – Chemeketa
Haley Patterson – Chemeketa

Second Team
Mary Schorn – Clark
Montana Gubrud – Linn-Benton
Nina Bailey – Lower Columbia
Abbey Schwager – Walla Walla
Carlee Rowell – Bellevue
Morgan Bolger – Chemeketa

Photo of MVP Jane Cale, Coach of the Year Traci Stephenson and Most Inspirational Haley Patterson.Click to Enlarge
L-R: MVP Jane Cale, Coach of the Year Traci Stephenson and Most Inspirational Haley Patterson.