TACOMA, WA — The Blue Mountain Timberwolves captured their 4th consecutive NWAC Volleyball Championship today at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center with a 3-1 victory over the tournament’s Cinderella team, the Clark College Penguins.
|Kristin Williams was named Tournament MVP|
The Penguins, a third seed in the South Region and entering the tournament unranked in the coaches poll, made a most improbable run to the title match.
After losing to #8 Walla Walla 3-2 in the opener, Clark beat Pierce – then mowed down a flurry of top eight ranked teams with consecutive wins over Chemeketa (#1), Bellevue (#7), Walla Walla (#8), Tacoma (#5) and Linn-Benton (#4).
Second-ranked Blue Mountain won four straight to enter the championship unscathed. After winning their opener against SW Oregon 3-1, the Timberwolves survived early scares as they found themselves down 2 sets to 0 in their next two matches against Bellevue and Tacoma.
|Meghan Turner was named the Most Inspirational Player.|
The Blue Mountain dynasty has now recored five titles in the last six years under head coach Dave Baty including a third place finish in Baty’s first year at the helm in 2009.
Prior to Baty’s arrival in Pendleton, Oregon the BMCC program had only made two other tournament appearances in their history.
Clark’s second place finish ties their 1979 result where the Penguins fell to Edmonds in five sets.
Blue Mountain freshman middle blocker Kristin Williams was named the tournament MVP. Williams filled the stats sheet for the tournament with 39 kills on a 30% kill efficiency, 8 service aces and 16 blocked shots.
Clark sophomore libero Meghan Turner was named the Most Inspirational Player. Turner anchored the Penguin defense with 94 digs on a 4.48 digs per set average.
Kristin Williams, Blue Mountain
Most Inspirational –
Meghan Turner, Clark
Miah Perez, Blue Mountain
Keri Schwarz, Blue Mountain
Hannah Bailey, Blue Mountain
Meghan Turner, Clark
Janessa Mast, Clark
Melisa Lujca, Clark
Chase Bohman, Linn-Benton
Samantha Rouleau, Linn-Benton
Arlicia Ortiz, Tacoma
Sojo Channel, Tacoma
Katrina Zens, Chemeketa
Anna Golubitskikh, Shoreline
NWAC Coach of the Year
Raquel West, Shoreline