Bump, Set, Spike.
The Beacon Bolt is a publication of the student body of Northwest Christian University. This volleyball season started with a bang, an eight game winning streak. In conference the beacons finished eighth in the Cascade Collegiate conference with a 7-13 record, and an overall record of 14 wins and 13 losses. Head Coach Kelly Pitre says
“We had depth and talent on our roster this season, players able to play multiple positions when we needed them to. This team faced and overcame adversity multiple times, a majority of the adversity was in the form of injury, working with new line-ups and finding successful offensive/defensive systems with the personnel. Those who were injured were able to work with our wonderful training staff, lead by Pam, and recover quickly. Some of the best defense I have seen in this program since I became a part of it (2012) was played during this season due to our defensive focus and effort during practice. Although we are graduating some key players out of this program, the returning team left this season hungry for the off season and returning in better shape and with a higher volleyball IQ for next season.”
When speaking with the players one of the most common things said was that this program promotes team bonding and a positive atmosphere. Senior Kayla Ping said, “During volleyball I grew closer to my teammates and gained new friends and had lots of awesome experiences.” Ping dominated the last game of her collegiate career with 12 kills and one ace. This was a small portion of her stats this season, which included 173 kills and 16 aces.
Freshman setter Laurie Salness said, “Volleyball was an incredible introduction to my college career. I look forward to future seasons with my teammates.” Salness finished her first collegiate season with 26 kills and 25 aces, as well as 377 assists.
Sophomore Juniper McDonald finished the season with 34 kills and nothing but nice things to say about her teammates, “It was my first time playing on such a big team and it was definitely a humbling experience! It was really cool to see so many girls, from so many different places and backgrounds come together to play the sport we all love!”
Junior setter Marsha Poischbeg said, “During this season I was able to build new friendships with not only teammates but also my coaches.” Marsha finished the season with 282 assists, 68 digs, and 12 aces.
Quite a few players from this team received praise, such as number 16 Senior Chandler Gabrio. Gabrio was given honorable mention for the Cascade Collegiate Conference, and closed her final season with 217 kills, 33 aces, and 17 blocks. Sophomore Haley Damian also received CCC defensive player of the week twice throughout the season, and ended with a total of 343 digs, the seasons highest.
The Lady Beacons did a phenomenal job representing NCU this season, and will be ready to start fighting for next year! For more information and stats on this years volleyball team visit: www.gobeacons.com