Clackamas middle blocker Kristin Best commits to University of Puget Sound
OREGON CITY -- Cougar sophomore middle blocker Kristen Best (Woodburn HS, Woodburn, OR) has committed to play for the University of Puget Sound next season.
Best is excited about her future at UPS, "I'm very excited to say that I will be a logger next year at the University of Puget Sound. I went to Tacoma for a visit this winter and was introduced to the players, coaches and the campus life itself; it all seemed to just fall into place with me. I really like the rigorous academic atmosphere there at Puget Sound and I know that it will challenge me."
Best is a two year starter for the Cougars. In a 150 sets this past season she registered 214 kills on a 24% efficiency and added a team high 113 blocks - 38 solo. Her play helped lead CCC to a fifth place finish at the 2011 NWAACC Championship tourney.
She also took part in the NWAACC Sophomore All-Star matches and was named to the NWAACC Sophomore All-Academic Team sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Best feels that her experience at CCC has guided her, "In the long run, me being here at CCC has taught me a lot of discipline. But not just discipline in volleyball, but in school and life as well. The diversity that CCC has to offer has opened my eyes to a lot of responsibilities and opportunities that I have yet to face."
"I am very pleased that Kristin has decided on continuing her academic and athletic goals at Puget Sound," said head coach Kathie Woods. "She will have an excellent coach that will continue to challenge her both academically and athletically. Kristin is a coaches dream...she works hard and is a joy to be around."
Best is the second Cougar sophomore to find a new home at the next level this season. Sophomore All-American Taylor Richardson inked with NW Christian University in January.