Big Bend volleyball finishes with program's best winning percentage ever

Big Bend volleyball finishes with program's best winning percentage ever

Office of Communications

It wasn't the ending that they had hoped for, but it was the best ending in program history.

The Big Bend Community College volleyball team fell short of a Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) postseason berth, but it's 17-14 overall record is the best winning percentage in the program's history.

"This group of student-athletes has taken it upon themselves to build this program by laying the foundation for expectations of excellence for the future," said Head Coach Michael De Hoog.

Nine sophomores will be leaving the program, Madison Shrope, Ashlee Adams, Kiana Miller, Payson Griner, Dakota Egbert, Katie Fujimoto-Young, Martina Wilder, Sadie Nielsen and Alex Gainer.

"This sophomore group of student-athletes has been fun to watch, and their dedication to the program has put Big Bend on course to be even more successful in the future," said Director of Communications Matt Killebrew. "There has been a marked improvement over the last two seasons in the Vikings volleyball program, and these nine young ladies deserve a lot of credit for making this happen."

Big Bend would have needed a win over Walla Walla on Friday night, and they would have needed Walla Walla to lose its final match of the season on Wednesday in order to advance to the postseason. The loss Friday night to the Warriors ended their season.

Freshman Brynn McKnight led the Vikings this season with 159 kills. Sophomore Sadie Nielsen wasn't far behind with a total of 145 kills this season and Sophomore Payson Griner finished with 97. 

Sophomore's Martina Wilder and Madison Shrope commanded the offense dishing out 241 and 142 assists respectively. Sophomore Ashlee Adams ended her sophomore campaign with 273 digs with sophomore Kiana Miller adding 130.