Women's volleyball wraps up inaugural season

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Clipper Athletics and SPSCC closed the inaugural season of women’s volleyball in November on a positive note.  After nearly a year of turning an idea into reality, the Clippers ended their first season 4-10 in the NWAC West, but Coach Melanie Miller praised the freshmen ladies for their determination and “will-to-win” attitudes.

Setter Natalie Patton

“I am very proud of the way we battled with every team we played,” said Miller.  “Scores were close and we took a set off almost every team.”

Two stand-out matches for Miller were against some of the region’s biggest competitors—Pierce College and Tacoma Community College.  The Clippers lost both away matches by just two points in the fifth set.

The NWAC identified two Clippers players for their performance over the season.  

Setter Natalie Patton (right, top) earned the number one spot for Service Aces and Defensive Specialist/Libero Ellie King (right, bottom) earned the number seven spot for Digs.  Additionally, the team finished second in Total Service Aces (182), third in Service Aces per game (1.52), fifth in Digs per Game and Total Digs (10.72 and 1286), and 10th in Total Kills (793).

Defensive Specialist/LIbero Ellie KingAthletic Director Nick Schmidt said, “I was complimented numerous times by my colleagues around the league about Coach Miller and the team’s performance this season with the common thread being that we aren’t that far off from great things.”

Miller added, “The team rose to the pressure of being a first-year program and set the bar for future teams.”  She expects a core group of the ladies to return in 2017 and has already begun recruiting incoming talent.

To learn about playing for Clippers Volleyball, visit spscc.edu/volleyball.