Volleyball team aims high after title-winning season
Chemeketa’s volleyball team is currently sitting at 10-4 in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) with an overall record of 16-16. Having clinched a playoff spot, they are now heading into the postseason looking to win another NWAC trophy for the second straight year. In October, the team went 6-2 and were on a six-game winning streak heading into the playoffs.
Last season, the team finished with an overall record of 30-4 and dominated the NWAC postseason with a record of 13-1, securing the championship against Bellevue three sets to two.
Chemeketa’s volleyball teams have won four championships since 1978 and are looking to add another to their collection. Before their last game against Clackamas on Nov. 17, returning student-player Hayden Quatre and head coach Traci Stephenson talked about the playoffs and what they expect from the team moving forward into the postseason.
“I think we have high expectations and want to come out there and try our best and compete to our greatest ability,” said Stephenson. “I think we are the middle of the mix, maybe an underdog.”
“It’s definitely different than last year’s team,” said Quatre. “It’s a new team, and we are just working through some stuff,”
Despite Chemeketa’s achievement last season, things didn’t start quite as well this time around. But all is not lost: at the time of writing, Chemeketa is scheduled to compete in their first playoff game against the Blue Mountain Timberwolves at the Tacoma Convention Center, who are the third team in the East Region, on Nov. 15.
The team hopes to bring home the NWAC trophy and become back-to-back champions.
[Unfortunately, despite winning the match against the Timberwolves 3-2 and then beating Clark College 2-0, Chemeketa lost to both Pierce and North Idaho community colleges, bringing an end to their season. In the final match on Nov. 18, Spokane Community College secured the NWAC title, defeating Highline College 3-0.]